Drawing – sketching in the city 2 with George Charman

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About this course

Take a tour and see some of the city's architectural sites and respond to each location with observational drawing.

Course Description

This one-day introduction to observational drawing takes you on a tour of some of the city’s most interesting architectural sites and arts institutions, which will include The Welcome Collection and Tate Modern. As we travel from site to site, we will respond to each location through observational drawing exercises which cover perspective, vocabularies of mark-making, frottage and reflections. By the end of the day, you will have a good introductory grasp of key skills, which will enable you to creatively respond to the city through observational drawing.

Please meet at West Dean, London, 1 Malet Street and we will return there for a review at the end of the day.

Course Materials


All necessary equipment will be provided for use on the course.

What students need to bring

A4 hardback sketchbook, eraser, set of drawing pencils and a sharpener.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Daily Timetable

Course teaching day 11am–5.15pm
Students arrive between 10.30am-11am (coffee optional)  
Morning teaching starts at 11am 
Lunch break between 1pm-2pm (lunch is not included)
Afternoon teaching starts at 2pm (15 minute tea break, 3.30pm–3.45pm)
Teaching finishes 5.15pm  

General Information

Short courses are open to anyone aged 18 and over. The course fee covers tuition and materials where stated. You will need to bring all other items listed under the ‘Materials to bring’ section.


Coffee and tea are included in the course fee, but you will need to bring lunch with you to eat in the refreshments room. There are also plenty of other local venues to purchase food.


If you have any specific access needs, we will need to know about your access requirements in advance. Please tell us about your needs in confidence by emailing: [email protected] This venue has steps to the front reception, with limited access via a side gate to the ground floor. There is a small lift to higher floors or stairs.


Short course students are required to sign a safety compliance form as part of West Dean Health and Safety regulations.

Refunds and cancellations

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The information given is accurate at the time of publication. However, West Dean College reserves the right to cancel or amend courses if circumstances require.

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George Charman teaching at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

George Charman

Subject Tutor - Fine Art & Art and Contemporary Craft

George Charman is an artist and lecturer based in London who teaches on the GD and MFA programmes at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Charman's practice-led research focuses on embodied social knowledge, exploring connections between dialogic social experiences and physical sensation in modes of creative production/fabrication.

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