Exploration through sketching

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Exploration through sketching
Exploration through sketching
Exploration through sketching
Exploration through sketching


As a professional artist and tutor, I know how important key art skills are. This course is designed to take you through some simple exercises to help you to explore an image and create sketches and ideas to ‘start a new project’.

As a tutor with 20 years’ experience, I love introducing students to techniques they can use to develop their own practice. Whether you are new to art and want to know where to start or are an experienced artist who just finds it hard to ‘start a new project’, then this is the course for you.

What is Exploration through sketching  about?

This course is broken down into 5 lessons. Taking you step by step through different ways to observe and develop an idea from one or more source images. Exploration through sketching – starting a new project, has been designed as an online studio-based course for you to work along with at home.


Is this course for me?

Do you want to work from the beginning on simple drawing exercises? Do you want to work on a series of drawings to develop your core skills?  Find different ways to work from one source image to generate different ideas? Then yes this is for you.

The course assumes you have a little previous drawing knowledge (although suitable for complete beginners or are an experienced artists who just find it hard to ‘start a new project’) and presents each piece of information or skill in manageable lessons. Allowing you to work through at your own pace, completing each lesson and building on the previous lesson’s skills.

This course is also accompanied by a printable equipment list and source photographs used in the lessons, so you can work along with my demonstrations. Or choose your own images to work with.


What does the course cover?

Introduction – A quick course overview and a look at the main equipment you need.

Lesson 1 – Making a viewfinder

Lesson 2 – Continuous lines + a bonus video

Lesson 3 – Finding tones with graphite

Lesson 4 –  Charcoal; equipment, how to trace and finding tones

Lesson 5 – Pastel- equipment, finding tones and 2 bonus videos

Everything you need to set you on the road to creating your own ideas and start a new project!


What will I need to start the course?

Well to start the course you only need a means of watching each of the video lessons online. An equipment list is supplied and I run through it all in the Introduction video. Over the course I demo with graphite pencils, willow charcoal and a couple of pastels, you probably already have everything you’ll need!


Can I get more support?

Yes. Once enrolled on the course you will also have access to my Student Chatroom, with a dedicated area for you to post images of your work, interact with other members and I’ll be around to give feedback and comments.

How long does the course take to complete?

There are over 1hour 40 mins of videos, which can be watched and worked through in one day if you are in a rush. But I suggest you take one lesson at a time, playing with the ideas and exploring your sketches before moving on. The course is designed specifically to help you generate new ways to approach a subject.





  • On-Demand Course

  • All levels

Course Content

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About ArtwithTricia

Bognor Regis

Tricia Johnson is an artist working across an extensive variety of arts disciplines. She studied Art & Design in the Midlands before moving to the Sussex coast and gaining a B.A. (Hons) Degree. She then went on to achieve various teaching qualifications. She enjoys the challenge and exploration found in absorbing new methods and processes. This has enabled her over the past 20 years to teach a wide variety of art courses across West Sussex. Her sculpture work featured nationally on ITV’s morning programme and exhibitions include West Dean College and Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, West Sussex. She also had the privilege of exhibiting her work in the Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition, Tokushima, Japan. Along with exhibitions at; Banks Mill Studios Derby, The Art House Wakefield, neo: Gallery Bolton, Gallery@OXO Oxo Tower Wharf South Bank London, Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong and Cube gallery Moscow. After a period focusing on other disciplines, Tricia returned to printmaking and the joy of the process is what pushes her work forward creatively. Learning different printing methods has helped her to begin experimenting with distinctive approaches to her prints and printing style. Tricia continues to enjoy drawing and working painterly with a variety of mixed media, developing her own instinctive style over many other art disciplines.

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Covid-19 Notice

* Please be aware that social distancing and COVID secure venue rules may be in place. This could include wearing a facemask during sessions. Café facilities may not be available. There may also be designated group toilets. Prior to the start of the course you will be sent any details from the venues risk assessment that we need, as a group, to comply with.