Centre for Continuing Education

Drawing Course for Beginners

Drawing. Draw out your inner artist.

Learn to draw the smart way with Drawing courses at the University of Sydney.

This drawing course covers the basics of drawing techniques through a practical study of form, shading, colour and perspective. Participants will gain the skills needed to produce a lovely landscape, still life, figure drawing and more. Fun and relaxing, this drawing course for beginners is accessible to anyone wanting to explore their creative potential.


Upon successful completion of the course, participants should be able:

  1. Recognise the nuances of subtle pencil shading.
  2. Identify where light is seen in drawing every subject.
  3. See and relate to drawing form in its many guises.
  4. Demonstrate confidence in the knowledge that they are now able to draw almost any subject.


Day 1

  • Drawing basic shapes.
  • Using shading.
  • Drawing from an assembled still life.
  • Drawing subjects: flora and fauna.
  • Drawing animals and birds.

Note: Participants should feel free to bring along their own botanical subject from their garden or balcony, and any pictures of their favourite pet or wild life animal.

Day 2

  • Drawing with perspective: Bring along a photograph of a street at your favourite holiday destination, or an image of an interesting building. You will be amazed at the results!
  • Drawing people and portraits: Participants will discuss the rules of proportion of the human body and begin to look at features of the face, ending in a complete portrait study from a photo of their choice.
  • Life drawing: Fun with drawing a number of volunteer models from our group, including your tutor! Poses will be for ten minutes at a time, fully clothed of course!

Intended Audience

This weekend workshop is geared towards people from the age of eighteen years and upwards, who have either some previous art experience, or none. Everyone begins to learn on the same footing: from the fundamentals.


Participants must bring the following materials with them to the first class:

  • Drawing pads (A3 size)
  • A range of pencils: HB, 2B 4B, 6B and a pencil sharpener
  • White Staedtler erasers.

In addition to these materials, please bring along some photographs to use as subject matter. These may include:

  • A sample of plants or flowers, either real or photographs.
  • Photographs of animals, birds, or favourite pets.
  • Photographs of buildings, streetscapes, favourite holiday destinations – anything that shows a building in perspective.
  • Photographs of people, family members or ancestors.

Additional materials/ other media will be discussed the first day.

Recommended art suppliers

Fine Art Papers Pty Ltd
110 Johnston Lane
Annandale NSW 2038
Ph. 9660 1182

Newtown Art Supplies
15 Wilson Street
Newtown NSW 2042
Ph. 9516 2339

Oxford Art Supplies
221/223 Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021
Ph. 9360 4066


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Great course, delicious lunch, and learnt how to sketch.

  • Great start! Gave me confidence, and the tutor was very positive and encouraging. Also very professional and experienced. Time flew and it was fun and quite meditative.

  • The presenter was great, very encouraging and told great stories whilst we drew. It was very relaxing and the two days flew by.

  • Was very impressed with the presenter who made everyone feel very comfortable – and the whole experience was engaging and a lot of fun.

  • This course was a lot of fun, very relaxed and not at all intimidating. The time passed far too quickly! Everyone seemed to gain confidence in their drawing, due in large part to the encouraging and relaxed attitude of the tutor who set the tone for a great class!

  • The course has a great tutor – full of life, who finds the best in everyone and gave us confidence. Very organised. I really enjoyed this class and had a great time.

  • Have learnt so much in a relaxed environment. The tutor is just excellent and has taught us so much in two days. Very exciting and motivating for further work!

  • Lots of information was given in a nice relaxed atmosphere. A very user-friendly introduction to drawing, giving an overview of what is involved in developing your skills.

  • The most enjoyable and motivating course I have attended. The presenter was a fantastic teacher, encouraging with lots of humour!

  • I would like to compliment the tutor of this weekend workshop. They had fantastic energy and taught us skills that provide a wonderful foundation for a beginning artist. They have a fantastic way of teaching and encouraging at the same time which is so appreciated when you are taking those first tentative steps towards learning to draw.

Drawing Course for Beginners

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What others say.

  • An excellent, experienced tutor and great class environment. Basic skills explained which provide great sound building blocks for development.