Everyone can learn to draw!
I am passionate about the democratic nature of drawing, the convivial, social context of drawing workshops and their potential for a unique personal response – I believe in drawing for all: I have all the strategies to teach anyone to draw!
I am an artist and experienced educator with around 25 years experience. I have taught in Further and Higher Education as well as in the prison sector, adult education, gallery education, schools, children’s workshops and summer school.
I have led workshops for Tate, The British Museum, I am currently artist workshop leader for English National Ballet, and Metal Culture. I lecture in contemporary drawing at The City Lit and at Anglia Ruskin University.
On this page you will find information on the courses I teach with links to the relevant organization if you’d like to join me. You can also book here for my private workshops and courses.
I always work with small groups (max 8) to ensure plenty of individual support.
My working practice as a studio-based artist informs my teaching; I encourage a personal response through experimentation. The workshops are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced artists.
You will learn in a friendly, supportive atmosphere that stimulates self-expression. Non-judgmental constructive feedback will encourage you to extend your drawing skills further. Group discussion will help you form and share ideas on one another’s work.
All days £75 per person including materials
All drawing materials provided, please bring your own sketchbook. Ideally an A3 spiral bound with a hard cover (this is easier to support when sketching).
Please Also Note : You are of course free to bring any other drawing materials of your own
but only dry materials ie not paint or ink are allowed into the museums/galleries.
|10am – 1pm||Introduction to sketching exercises, practical work in the galleries with suggested artworks in the collection, individual and group feedback.|
|1pm – 2pm||Lunch (bring a packed lunch or have lunch in the cafe)|
|2pm – 5pm||Further sketching exercises, experimenting with media and group appraisal/feedback.|
On each day I will give an introduction, distribute a list of suggested artworks/objects and locations to work from and deliver sketching exercises to develop ‘ways of seeing’ and to encourage an analytical but loose contemporary approach. We will cover: proportion, line, tone, negative space as well as expressive mark-making. We will experiment with different media and techniques throughout the day – for a sketchbook packed with inspiration! I always work with small groups to give plenty of individual support.
VIEW BELOW FOR ALL AVAILABLE WORKSHOPS
‘Sketching on Location’ one day workshops in London galleries and museums. These are themed days, all of which are inspirations for my own practice over the last 30 years.
Please check in below for the latest dates
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Victora and Albert Museum
What My Students Have To Say About The Workshops
- “I really feel that you should consider the course to have been a resounding success. I attend a lot of art courses (not only at City lit) and I would put yours up with the best. It was a great group; very engaged, enthusiastic and supportive of each other, and everyone attended every day (not always the case!). I thoroughly enjoyed it and also felt that I went away with transferable skills”J.L. April 2015
- “Heidi was a very supportive and positive teacher. She inspired me to try lots of different media”Student
- “What did the course do for me? It made me see potential in subjects, objects and situations that I probably would not have recognized before. It helped my understanding of some the creative processes of today’s young artists. It gave me the opportunity to mix with people who are interested in being creative and see their different approaches. It was suggested to me by my Art Tutor that this course would ‘Loosen me up’ (Art wise), I think it has. Was the course worth doing? - A definite yes”F.C. March 2015
- “Firstly, a big ’Thank you’ for a most interesting and enlightening experience. I thought the content of the course was very good covering as it did a broad range of themes. Your presentation of the session’s themes was both informative and engaging. The course atmosphere was friendly and I didn’t feel out of place — something I was a little concerned about when I booked the course.”Student
- “It was very well organised and great to have the opportunity to try out many new techniques and possibilities for visual imagery (rather than just using traditional techniques”Student
- “Thanks so much again for a wonderful, stimulating course. I loved it all and look forward to hearing when we can all meet again”M.P. April 2015
- “Thanks for a fabulous creative journaling workshop Heidi. . .chock-full with stuff to get the creative juices flowing again, and full of gems of wisdom, as always!”K.D. March 2015
- “Experienced, enthusiastic and supportive tutor. Excellent group atmosphere”Student