The CCE visual arts program offers interactive courses for the budding to experienced artists, from classic to modern techniques, in the areas of: photography, drawing, painting, woodwork, steelwork, ceramics, textiles and more.

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Apply flair and style with confidence as you learn to draw more accurately in this timeless and fundamental art form. Discover a range of concepts including negative space drawing and relative measure, as well as techniques using pencils, charcoal, and inks.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: General introductory exercises - learn important technical information and some frequently asked questions while moving on to negative space drawing exercises.
  • Topic 2a: Still life drawing - you will learn reverse image drawing and simple object drawing using relative measures, negative space, and asymmetric connections
  • Topic 2b: Still life drawing - you will be introduced to drawing shapes through and charcoal techniques
  • Topic 3: Drawing the landscape - the focus will be on learning and practising tonal drawing through exercises
  • Topic 4: Life drawing - you will be introduced to life drawing while focussing on negative space and relative measures
  • Topic 5: Portrait drawing - you will learn about portrait drawing including oversize drawing techniques using compressed and willow charcoal.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you should:

  • understand key technical aspects of drawing including; negative space, relative measure, asymmetrical point connections, drawing size ratios, composition, and quality of line
  • understand and use thinking techniques relevant to drawing including: drawing from a specific point and relating the rest of the drawing proportionally to this point, looking for what is 'unfamiliar and distinctive' in the subject, and using this as the starting point, understanding what 'flow' is and how to get it, and using time wisely in relation to your subject and your drawing
  • have learnt to appreciate and understand key moments in art, from the 19th and 20th Cs including; famous artists and their techniques from this period and the different ideas represented by different artistic movements from this period.

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone at any level who want to learn to draw or improve their drawing skills, particularly with regard to accuracy.

Course materials

All materials for the class will be provided.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Discover the experience of drawing in this course designed to provide you with the fundamental perceptual skills needed to see and interpret the visual world.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: Introduction to media, using an easel, responding to drawing, contour drawing
  • Topic 2: Experimenting with media, modelling using line and cross contour drawing, exploring texture
  • Topic 3: Modelling using line and mass, spatial relationships
  • Topic 4: Positive and negative space, viewfinders/formatting, composition
  • Topic 5: Principles of design, tonal scales, cross-hatching techniques
  • Topic 6: Organisation/structure, tonal and spatial variation, ‘Ghost Drawings’
  • Topic 7: Perspective, measurement and proportion
  • Topic 8: Experimenting with mixed media, drawing from memory and imagination, thematic development

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you should:

  • have an understand and apply the five perceptual skills of drawing
  • be able to consider and apply theoretical factors involved in organizing visual elements
  • be able to experiment with various media and experimental approaches to drawing
  • be able to investigate a single form-idea
  • have an appreciation of a diverse range of drawing techniques and concepts 

Who should enrol

This course is open to both beginners and intermediate students who wish to develop and extend their drawing skills.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Course outline

Come and join this relaxed and inclusive life-drawing group! If you've had some experience in drawing, wish to reacquaint yourself with forgotten skills, or want to try another type of drawing genre - we welcome you!

Learning outcomes

Participants in this group will increase their observation skills, practice and develop mark-making,  research new mark-making methods and have a fixed time and space to do so, and learn through dialogue with fellow participants.

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone at any level. No prior experience is necessary to attend.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Start your journey into art. Gain practical and creative skills in painting and drawing through simple exercises that will make you thirst for more. Designed to develop skills covering a variety of practices. Get excited as you work using a range of mediums including pencil, charcoal, pastel, and acrylic water-based paints.

Course outline

This course is designed to be a fun introduction to drawing and painting. You can choose to paint in oils or acrylics. The first half of the course will be devoted to learning some basic drawing techniques, and then you will develop your drawing into a painting as you learn about colour mixing, tone and composition. There will be discussion on art history and talk about the famous paintings that you love.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should:

  • have an understanding of the basic skills needed to progress your art adventures.
  • develop an appreciation for different techniques and mediums.

Who should enrol

This course is designed for beginners, or anyone who wishes to be re-introduced to painting and drawing.

Course materials

You will need to bring along the following:

  • HB, 2B and 4B pencils
  • Sketch book, approx. A3 in size
  • Ruler, at least 30cm long
  • Eraser and pencil sharpener
  • Stretched canvas, no larger than about 20 inches across
  • You can paint in either acrylics or oils 
  • Colours (either acrylic or oil): Ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, lemon yellow, yellow ochre, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, titanium white. 
  • If you buy chromacryl acrylics, buy a warm blue, cool blue, warm yellow, cool yellow, warm red, cool red, and white