Learn to Draw

If you've always wanted to learn to draw but didn't know where to start, this is the course for you. Start out on your creative journey - learn all the basic concepts and techniques you need to know to get started. This is a beginner’s course, so let’s start at the very beginning!

This course will explore the different skills and concepts involved in drawing. We will explore various drawing materials, test the rules of drawing and learn how to break them. We will also learn about the different types of paper and how to select the right surface and material for your drawings.

We’ll be learning how to create the illusion of three dimensions on a two-dimensional surface. Proportion, negative space, picture plane, and composition will all have meaning as we improve our observation skills and learn to transfer those observations into artworks. By the end of this journey, you will have uncovered hidden talents you never knew you had.

  • Full days - Monday to Friday - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Suitable for ages 16+
  • Beginner
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Course Info

This course is a diverse range of drawing experiences that immerse the participant in the full potential of making marks that constitute drawing. You’ll explore materials, tools, themes, techniques and drawing processes, leading to the making of marks that reflect your talent and interest. Learn to Draw is the launch point for future art-making!

No experience required

Please bring the following on your first day of class:

  • A4 Visual Art Diary
  • A3 pad of white cartridge paper or similar
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Lead pencils: HB 2B 4B 6B and whatever you have
  • Charcoal: willow and/or compressed (1 – 2 sticks)
  • Paper towel or old cloth
  • Sponge such as a kitchen sponge
  • Container for water such as an old jam jar
  • 4 x Bulldog clips (or similar) to hold the paper to the drawing board
  • Drawing board. MDF is great for this and cheap. A 900 x 600 x 6 mm MDF from Bunnings is $8 and can be cut in half.
  • Any drawing materials you already have – colour pencils, crayons, pastels, or inks
  • Several different thin brushes and a thicker brush (whatever you have or buy cheap ones)
  • Spray fixative (not spray adhesive/glue!)
  • Black markers: thin line, midline, thick line or any combination
  • Any other art papers you have
  • Anything else you think may be useful


  • Pictures/prints/books/ images where you are interested in either the subject or technique
  • Bring along a drawing example that shows what you would like to achieve.
  • All your ideas and a sense of adventure and fun!

If required, a selection of papers will be available for purchase from the tutor.

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Jackie Lee
Course Tutor

Jackie Lee

Jackie Lee is an exhibiting artist and experienced educator who resides in the Bellingen Shire. After receiving her training in visual arts at the highly-respected City Art Institute Sydney (formerly Alexander Mackie College, now UNSW Art and Design), Jackie now enjoys combining her two passions – art and teaching.

Jackie combines her love for art with her love of teaching and has dedicated many years to helping others follow their artistic journey. She believes everyone has the potential to be an artist and has hidden talents they can tap into.

Her passion is drawing, but she also has experience with acrylic painting, mixed media, printmaking, and sculpture. Jackie is sure to inspire you with her enthusiasm!

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