Drawing with Charcoal and mixed media

Course code: QCRT105P

Subject area: Art & Design

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

6:00pm - 8:00pm


25th Apr 2022 - 11th Jul 2022

District Community Centre

Contact details


01235 555 585

The aim is to help you to develop an individual style of working. You will explore construction, drawing, simple perspective, composition design, using colour and tone effectively, and experimental painting techniques.

There will be exercises on using tone and observing the play of light across forms. We will look at experimental mark making and layering of mixed media to explore textures and surface qualities as well as atmosphere and mood. We will have a variety of complimentary exercises such as negative space drawing and a simple introduction to perspective. We will look at simple composition design in still life and landscape.

Do not buy any materials until your course is confirmed as running.

Materials Required
A box of willow charcoal, mixed sticks, (thick medium and thin), a stick/sticks of black conte, or charcoal pencils 2B, or 4B, white chalk pastel, a good rubber/eraser such as Windsor and Newton or Faber Castell, (not a plastic rubber as they smear). We will also use watercolour sometimes as a base to build on, so one or two tubes of basic watercolour and a basic nylon round brush.
Drawing paper: a good heavy cartridge pad A3 or A2. Cartridge paper is slightly textured paper that has been prepared for drawing, it comes in weights 150gsm to 300gsm. Cheap paper is usually smooth and difficult to shade on, so heavy rough is best. Daler Rowney or Windsor and Newton, or similar.
Note: We will only use charcoal and cartridge paper in the first week and learners may prefer to discuss other materials during the lesson before buying them.

Please note there will be no teaching sessions on 02/05/2022 and 30/05/2022

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.

Once you have a good grounding in drawing you will also be in an excellent position to start to learn to paint in a medium of your choice.
Those with some experience/training in the medium.

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.
Learners are expected to provide their own materials which might cost up to £20.

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: £110.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £110.00

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £66.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £66.00

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.
As this is a not accredited informal methods of assessment will be used.
For example:
Question & answer/reading
Practical exercises
1:1 tutor support