Drawing Skills: the basis of creationDrawing materials on paper
15–16 May 2021
“Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see – to see correctly – and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye.” Kimon Nicolaides
Drawing is the basis of all art – everything begins with drawing! Discover and refine your drawing skills with acclaimed artist and teacher Leigh D Walker in a relaxed and encouraging environment. Leigh is a passionate advocate of drawing fundamentals and believes in teaching solid skill foundations as a basis for all artistic practice.
Over two days, we will explore a variety of exciting drawing techniques and materials and will experiment with different ways of seeing, thinking and creating. Drawing the nude, expressing form, understanding tonal variations, quality of line, subtractive techniques and much, much more will be covered in this fun, instructive and inspiring workshop.
“I did a week-long workshop with Leigh last year and can highly recommend her classes. She is very well organised and prepares many drawing challenges in a number of techniques. I learnt a lot, even though I’d done some life-drawing before. She draws on her extensive training at Edinburgh School of Art/University to help class members produce realistic drawings but also works with students’ own styles. She’s very engaging, enthusiastic and encouraging and has a lovely Scottish accent to top it all off. I’m sure this workshop will extend members’ repertoire of skills and be very enjoyable too.”Claire Young, CAW member
About the tutor
Leigh D Walker is an artist who explores a variety of disciplines including drawing, painting and printmaking.
Born in Scotland, she studied for her Honours Degree in Drawing & Painting at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot Watt University. After working as a professional artist and lecturer, she returned to her studies and completed a Master of Fine Arts at Edinburgh College of Art/Edinburgh University in 2006.
Combining her art practice with exhibiting, teaching and community art, Leigh’s interests are many and varied. Her work reflects this eclectic attitude. The exquisite surfaces of her paintings and the intricate beauty of her drawings reflect her ongoing fascination with the craft of drawing and painting. She enjoys experimenting with a variety of images and creating unexpected and arresting pieces. Her creations are often poignant, sometimes humorous and occasionally disquieting.
Being the recipient of numerous awards, Leigh has exhibited widely in the UK and Australia. She has shown in venues such as The Royal Scottish Academy, The National Portrait Gallery in London and The Scottish Gallery. Her work is held in public and private collections throughout the UK.
Her paintings have featured in The BP Portrait Award Calendar, The Financial Times (UK), The Mail on Sunday and Livewire Magazine.
Cancellation / Refund Policy
- HB pencil
- 2B pencil
- Sharpener or knife
- charcoal – a variety of widths
- white pencil (General’s White Scribe-All is excellent)
- kneadable eraser (putty rubber)
- black graphite pencil (General’s Scribe-All or Staedler Mars Lumograph Black)
- 6x Fabriano Academia paper 50 x 65cm 200gsm
- 1x A1(approximate) black card 250-300 gsm (available at Eckersleys, Riot Art and Craft and newsagents)
- 2x A1 brown craft paper 180-200gsm (available at Eckersleys)
- 20x A1 newsprint (approximately)
- water-soluble graphite stick.
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