Approaches to drawing – materials and mark-making with Joanna Veevers

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About this course

Approach drawing through mark-making using a variety of materials such as graphite, ink and wax resist and techniques such as monoprint, collagraph and the projected image. Be inspired by the landscape and collected materials and objects.

Course Description

This course is primarily about combining how you explore your subject with the qualities of the materials and techniques. You will develop your drawing and mark-making skills, focusing on line, surface, texture and pattern. Through observation of your subject, you will learn to respond with different materials as you experiment with ink, graphite, wax and watercolour. You will also learn to draw using low tech print processes, such as monoprint and collagraph.

The subject is the surrounding landscape and, after initial introductions to some techniques, the starting point will be location drawing at the college. You will explore how techniques and materials can help you develop your ideas, which can then initiate more ideas for further development. Each day will generate outcomes that can be carried into the next day and the next technique, allowing you to build a sketchbook style portfolio of work, showing development and exploration of ideas through multiple materials and techniques. You will create a record of the processes you work with for future reference and a rich source of ideas towards your work and further projects.

The tutor will introduce specific exercises and demonstrations to get you started each day, followed by plenty of individual exploration supported by one-to-one discussion. This course is suitable if you are interested in developing ideas and ways of working in a range of disciplines and practices, including textiles, ceramics, glass, metals, print, drawing and jewellery.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing some paper for drawing and printing, printing ink, drawing ink, drawing materials, collagraph boards, a plaster block, shellac, papers for chine collé, slide mounts and acetates shared amongst the group. Additional materials for large or excessive work will be available to purchase from the tutor or the shop during the course.

What students need to bring

  • Sketchbooks and examples of your work if you wish, but this is not essential
  • Please bring a collection of scraps of paper that are textured for collagraph or thin for chine collé. The thin papers can be plain or have text/print/drawings on, e.g. old tickets, stamps, Japanese paper, pages from old books (but not glossy) or bits from your own drawings. Also, if you want to bring your own paper for drawing and printing, plus drawing materials to supplement what will be provided, then you can. Please bring a glue stick and an apron.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of art materials, including drawing ink, graphite, paint brushes, paper, glue sticks.
  • Available from tutor:
  • Additional paper, collagraph boards and plaster blocks can be purchased from the tutor.

Additional information

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


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)

General Information


Joanna Veevers

Joanna tutors with a focus on surface qualities and 2 dimensional design. She trained initially in Printed Textile Design at Manchester and then in Ceramics at The Royal College of Art. She has 30 years of teaching experience in colleges, universities, schools, museums and galleries. Joanna is a long standing member of Contemporary Applied Arts.


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

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Further study options

Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or advance your learning with our BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making, and Place (six years part-time). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.