Drawing for beginners with Philip Tyler

Ref: SWE32929

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Have you ever wanted to draw but believe you can't? This course will enable you to start drawing with more confidence and show you how much you can improve in as little as three drawings.

Course Description

Drawing is a motor skill, like learning to drive a car or swim; anyone can learn how to draw at any age. The secret is learning to see the world differently. This course will explore a variety of approaches to drawing, including blind, partial peek, basic shape, negative space, measurement and tonal drawing techniques.

You will work from a range of different subject matter, including the face, the body, still life and landscape, using a broad range of drawing materials.


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


  • On this course, the College will supply most of the materials, including a plastic eraser, thick willow charcoal, 3B compressed charcoal stick, 2B pencil, craft knife and A2 cartridge paper.
  • An easel, board and portable seat are also provided for use during the course.

What students need to bring

  • Pen and notebook

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of art materials, including coloured paper, sketchbooks, charcoal, charcoal pencils, pastel pencils, craft knives, pencil sharpeners, erasers and coloured papers

Additional information

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


Philip Tyler, tutor at West Dean College

Philip Tyler

Phil Tyler trained at Loughborough College of Art and Design, Virginia Commonwealth University and Brighton Polytechnic. He has taught for 33 years and runs the Printmaking Degree at Brighton. He has appeared on Sky Portrait artist of the year twice and has a track record of exhibiting nationally and internationally.


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.