"I think drawing & painting is constructive. I find it orders my brain and think it makes me more understandable."
For many of us, getting involved in drawing & painting activities can offer a great chance to be expressive. Drawing and painting can help us become more observant of the world around us, and to share and explore ideas.
Drawing isn’t just something for specialists though. We all use drawing in our everyday lives to various degrees, making sketches, doodling and sharing ideas. Read more.
You can follow this drawing section as a course detailed below, trying exercises in the order shown or you can pick and choose individual exercises.
Tools and Techniques - learn to make marks with all kinds of implements to get varied and sometimes, unexpected effects.
Mark-making to Music - develop your personal “vocabulary” of marks to become more expressive in drawing.
Observing an Object - select an object from our Virtual Museum and we’ll help you to draw what you see.
These exercises are suitable for anyone. They’ll provide an introduction for the beginner, but are also a way to explore existing skills.
You can spend as long or little time as you like on each exercise.
All exercises are split into small stages. You can complete them over a period of time, whether that’s an hour or a morning, or an afternoon, or a week or longer. We suggest you make yourself a tea or coffee and enjoy the time to yourself, immersed in the exercise of your choice. Take as many breaks as you need. Remember it’s a good idea when doing a creative exercise to have a break from it and come back to it with fresh eyes.