Drawing with graphite pencil with Tanya Wood

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About this course

An introduction to the graphite pencil as a mark-making tool for drawing.

Course Description

On this practical course, you will learn about graphite pencils and their properties and potential to produce a wide variety of marks, taking drawing beyond a line. You will explore materials and techniques through a selection of exercises. Working from the tutor’s prompts, your imagination and observation in a scale that suits your needs, you will produce drawings as research/reference material or works in their own right. Exercises will explore drawing elements, such as line, tone, texture, pattern, repetition and contrast, with the fun of doodles. This course would be ideal for those starting to draw or wanting to extend drawing skills, appropriate for sketches, designs and finished artwork.

The tutor will guide and support you with tasks, demonstrations, one-to-ones and group discussions to help you make the most of your day.

By the end of the course, you will have gained confidence in knowledge and use of materials, learned new techniques, increased awareness in the possibilities of drawing and developed new ideas about your own drawing.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of materials for the day. On this course, the tutor will supply some materials on loan for you to try.

What students need to bring

  • Any graphite pencils, erasers and pencil sharpeners you may already have
  • Spectacles if worn for close work
  • You may find it useful to bring a notebook, a sports type water bottle, a camera and an envelope or folder to take your drawings home.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of drawing materials, including: graphite pencils, erasers, sharpeners, smooth cartridge paper and sketchbooks

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Tanya Wood

Tanya Wood graduated in 2014 from the University of Chichester with a Distinction in Fine Art MA studies.

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