Drawing (Foundation)

1. Overview

This course introduces the student to basic drawing skills.

This includes the fundamental formal and experimental processes/media involved in drawing.

2. What you will study

Students will be given advice and instruction on technique and the use of a variety of media. The course covers the foundations of good drawing practice and develops observational drawing skills. Students will be introduced to the drawing process through class talks, group/individual discussion and studio-based practice.

Tuition covers measuring, proportion, perspective and composition. Students will explore linear and tonal drawing and develop their use of pencil, charcoal, pen and Conté in the drawing studio environment. They will also experience drawing from still life, portrait, antique casts and figure drawing - directly from the artists life model. Along with an opportunities to work on location, off campus and develop their own self-directed project.

Students are encouraged to begin a sketchbook, which reflects their personal practice, individual interests and the work of other artists. This becomes a personal journal and visual diary of their development during the course.

3. Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

This course provides an excellent introduction to drawing techniques and a solid grounding for beginners learning how to improve their drawing.

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of the course.

4. How to apply

Course fee: £305

Gray's Short Course Online Registration

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU’s conditions).


Please inform Gray’s School of Art if you are withdrawing your course. Any student absent for more than 4 weeks consecutively will be contacted by the school. Should no explanation of absence be given, RGU will withdraw you from the course.


A refund is only applicable where there has been at least 4 weeks illness and a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. Additional information

This course includes location classes requiring students to travel to alternative venues: on campus and to Aberdeen University’s Zoological Museum.

Students must provide their own drawing materials. Studio equipment: easels, trestles, and drawing-boards will be provided. Paper for exhibiting purposes will be provided in week 16. A life model is provided during the course.

View the Foundation Drawing Materials List (PDF 104KB)

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.

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Start Date

Semester One: 1/2 Oct - 19/20 Nov 2018
Semester Two: 7/8 Jan - 25/26 Feb 2019

Course Length

40 hours (16 weeks)
Monday or Tuesday Evening
7.00pm - 9.30pm

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/Part-time

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Gray's School of Art
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