Drawing from photographs in graphite pencil with Tanya Wood

Ref: S2D13490

About this course

Make drawings from your photographs using graphite to portray tone, texture and the play of light.

Course Description

Learn to work and experiment with materials, methods and composition to extend your drawing skills.

On this practical course, you will develop and improve your drawing skills and confidence. Working from the comfort of the studio and your own photographs is an enjoyable way of exploring the potential of graphite and drawing methods. A desire to explore drawing, working slowly with attention to detail, will help you with this course. On the first evening, there will be a presentation and a drawing exercise.

Using photographs as a source of imagery is a way of extending time with a still image. It allows you to work with a moment, captured and isolated for prolonged attention, ideal for transcribing every detail accurately. Drawing exercises, discussion and demonstrations will reveal the essential elements of your chosen image and the vast array of marks and tones achievable with graphite beyond the point of the pencil. There will be a presentation of artists' work and the tutor's own drawings, followed by a discussion on the variety of approaches used to make a representational drawing.

From a structured start, you will be encouraged to work on your individual projects with focus, space and one-to-one support. You will then interpret your subject matter and transcribe what is seen to paper.

By the end of the course, you will have:

- Extended your tone and mark-making vocabulary

- Developed your skills in observation, selection and interpretation of imagery

- Improved your knowledge and understanding of drawing materials and methods

- Produced a small selection of drawings and studies that demonstrate techniques and skills

The workshop will conclude with an informal show of work and sharing of experiences.

You will leave the course with some confident work, improved knowledge, understanding and skill, ready and able to apply to future drawings.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing drawing materials and equipment, shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Notebook
  • Drawing pencils – 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 9B
  • Quality white rubber and a putty rubber
  • Camera/phone camera
  • Gather a small and varied selection of images you may like to draw, then photocopy (to the size you wish to depict them) in black and white (no bigger than A4). Please bring both the photographs and photocopies with you. Your tutor will bring images for you as well, so there will be plenty to choose from.
  • Spectacles if worn for close work

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • The College Craft Shop stocks a good variety of art materials, including: notebooks, drawing pencils – 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 9B, and white and putty rubbers.

Additional information

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


Tanya Wood

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


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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