Drawing at the Botanic Garden

Course code: QCXT124P

Subject area: Art & Design

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

10:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday

7th Jun 2022 - 5th Jul 2022

Botanic Gardens

Contact details

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

01235 555 585

An enjoyable and practical visual exploration of Oxford Botanic Gardens designed to suit your own needs whether you are a beginner or have previous experience.

You will have opportunity to draw from natural forms in detail producing studies or explore depth through landscape composition.

We will explore the use of different dry materials, pencils, charcoal, pastels and experiment with some watercolour washes.

The course is structured to introduce use of techniques and different media with a focus on development of your work and ideas with an experienced tutor.

Working as a group initially to gain confidence in producing your own range of sketchbook work as well as more finished pieces.

On this course you will learn a range of drawing and sketching techniques using your sketchbooks to explore your own ideas for projects.

We will:

Enjoy working with different dry materials i.e. charcoal, pencil, pastels, coloured pencils.

Explore the use of line, tone, composition, perspective, scale and colour.

Work from natural forms in the Botanic Gardens in the greenhouses and ‘plein air’.

Be aware of how some types of work & techniques link with other artist’s work.

Develop your observational drawing skills on a small and larger scale in relation to how you want to develop your own artwork.

The tutor will work with you individually as well as in a group, each session will include a short demonstration/introduction and then potential for individual practice with tutor support.

To prepare for the sessions and help you progress you need to bring a range of media and sketchbook. It would be helpful for you to continue producing drawings at home to practice your skills.

The course suits beginners and those with more experience as you will work at your own pace sharing your ideas and reviewing progress to maintain development of skills.


Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

This course can lead on to an improver level drawing or painting course. 10-week Adult Learning Courses.
No experience necessary just an interest in producing drawings from nature.

For each session please bring an A2 or A4 sketchbook, cartridge paper 160 grams + and a range of pencils e.g. B, 3B, 5B ,eraser, pencil sharpener . If you have pastels and coloured pencils bring those.

Warm clothing and a collapsible chair may be useful.

Your tutor will advise you of any other materials you may need to buy each week, all possible costs may be approx. £25.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2021 prior to starting the course.
£75.00 - The course fee includes a £4.00 weekly entry fee to the Garden.

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee


19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £68.75
Exam Fee: £0.00
Materials: £6.25

Total Cost: £75.00


19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £41.25
Exam Fee: £0.00
Materials: £6.25

Total Cost: £47.50

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
The focus of the course is practical, drawing from nature in sketchbooks with a range of materials.

The content will be adapted to suit what learners need and developing their ideas.

For more experienced learners there will be opportunity to focus on individual project work.

You will be evaluating your own skills working with the tutor.

All learners will produce practical work which we review and discuss at the end of each session as a group.

The focus of the course is to develop at your own pace the range of skills you need which will be evident in the sketchbook work you produce.