Drawing Workshops

Drawing from Observation – the fundamentals 

with Annette Raff

Observational drawing is a form of drawing that has long been regarded as a necessary foundation to all artistic pursuits.   Whether you wish to learn how to draw for its own sake or as a means to improve your paintings, there is no doubt that drawing is a beneficial and satisfying activity.

Drawing from observation involves learning to ‘see as an artist’ (visual intelligence).
We can train and strengthen our brains to recall and interpret what we see using proven methods, aimed at developing these skills. This course will be suitable for all artistic levels and will cater to individual needs and abilities.  Opportunity for follow up practice each week between sessions will help reinforce lessons taught.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Different styles of drawing – quick sketch (studies), blind contour, detailed drawing
  • Using block-in shapes, measuring devices and angles
  • Methods and hints to achieving accuracy
  • Learning to interpret what you see with the use of ‘negative’ shapes
  • Using light and shadow to reveal form

Who should take this course:

  • Beginning artists who wish to draw and paint well
  • Artists who wish to improve their observation and drawing skills


  • 2B, 4B and 6B graphite pencil
  • Kneadable eraserDrawing pad 11 x 14” approx. (medium or smooth tooth)
  • Retractable pen knife or pencil sharpener (for sharpening pencil)
  • Pencil Sharpener or retractable pen knife



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