Short courses


Drawing (Saturday or Sunday Course)

  • 5 hours per week
  • 5 weeks


This five-week course will help you explore core drawing skills.


  • experiment with a variety of techniques and materials
  • do some life drawing

Classes are held from 10am to 4pm on five consecutive Saturdays or Sundays.

This course is run by the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL.

Course content

By using drawing as a way of articulating form and as a tool for thinking, you'll be encouraged to:

  • explore and nurture ideas through drawing
  • use drawing as an inspiration for your own art practice

You'll work almost entirely from observation, using the idea of perception as the starting point for visual enquiry. You'll draw from a life model in one session.

You'll explore:

  • light and tone
  • materials and surface
  • space and line
  • composition
  • measurement
  • proportion
  • drawing systems such as perspective

You'll also experiment with a variety of techniques and materials including pencil, ink, white chalk, willow and compressed charcoal.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who are more experienced and want to refresh their drawing skills.


You can request an attendance certificate after completing the course. These can only be supplied during the year you take the course and can't be produced retrospectively.


The course fee is £405.

A 10% discount is available for current UCL students and staff. To claim this discount, you'll need to enter your UPI number when booking.

This fee covers tuition, provision of an easel, palette and drawing board, and studio space.

It also covers the cost of those materials supplied by the Slade. Once your booking is confirmed, you'll be sent details of which materials are provided and which you'll need to supply yourself.

Further information

Read more about this course and others on the Slade website, which provides information about booking and cancellations.

Course team

All tutors are practising artists

All tutors are practising artists

Course tutors for this course are Sandra Smith, Ian Rowlands, Kate Hopkins.

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 15:59