Drawing to making with Natalie Ryde

Ref: SWE31820

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About this course

An intensive drawing weekend to feed your artistic process and boost your creative development. Whether you are a maker looking to enhance your drawing skills, a prospective art student or an artist stuck in a rut, you will leave with a wealth of ideas and starting points.

Course Description

This course intends to equip you with drawing and processing skills. You will work from a variety of source material and develop initial research drawings and model-making into ideas for artistic outcomes in two and three dimensions. The course aims to further your artistic journey and deepen your understanding of your processes, especially if you have experience in your craft and feel like you need to upskill in research drawing and idea development.

The tutor will lead you in a series of drawing exercises to loosen up, improve hand-eye coordination and observation skills and think creatively about the different approaches and intentions you can take to visually explore subject matter. You will draw in charcoal, graphite, pen, ink, monoprint and collage. You will accumulate a mass of different drawings from objects and images relating to your own personal research, which you will then critically examine as a group to plan for the development phase.

You will then develop this research into ideas for final outcomes in two or three dimensions. There will be guided drawing exercises with collage and monoprint, and you will learn how to use development drawings to explore abstraction. You will progress to make three-dimensional drawings/models in paper and card, and you will use these forms for further source material for a series of longer drawings. This will encourage you to look back on the approaches you have learnt to develop your own practice.

You will leave with new starting points for development of your personal practice, whether you are a potter, printmaker, jeweller, weaver, glass artist, textile maker or stone carver. This course will enhance your existing practice with renewed vigour and fresh ideas. The course would also benefit those building a personal portfolio or anyone who wants to get drawing fit.


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 college will provide some A1 cartridge paper, coloured paper and newsprint, charcoal, a rubber, black Indian ink and black block printing ink to share amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Personal research work you may wish to bring and objects to draw
  • Pencils and graphite sticks
  • Papers for collage, no great expense, just anything collected already and free paper like brown packing paper or tissue paper
  • Pritt stick/glue stick
  • Scissors, printing rollers and staplers will be provided, but you may wish to bring your own

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of general art materials, including charcoal, ink, glue sticks, glue, printing ink and paper

Additional information

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


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.