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Student Artwork by Heidi Seal

Course Prices

Inside UK / NI


Outside UK / NI


Instalments (UK / NI Only)

£295.00 in 4 instalments at £73.75 each

Coloured Pencil Drawing Online Art Course

Tutored by Monika Cilmi and  Paul Weaver

The Coloured Pencil Drawing Course is a Certificate Course

The expected duration of this course is approximately 1 year although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies. This course is suitable for all students.

With the exception of graphite pencil, coloured pencil is without doubt the most accessible, versatile medium...and everyone already has some experience with it. Not everyone realizes that this medium is capable of creating fantastic works of art – in every subject. Using the proper techniques, knowledge and patience you will call upon coloured pencils time and time again.

This is an intensive written course in coloured pencil techniques, with added tuition in the fundamentals of drawing. This is a drawing course and we are keen for you to learn how to draw from life and so we discourage the use of tracing as it will not help you to develop your drawing skills. Make the most of this opportunity to draw from observation while there is a tutor to give help and encouragement. In fact, once you've completed the course and mastered the simple techniques of drawing and coloured pencil you'll have gained both the understanding and the confidence to really make the most of this very relaxing and creative skill.

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private section in The Art Room.

Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. If you do not have facilities to upload your artwork, you can mail your artwork to the tutors centre and receive your artwork back with your critique. It is essential you label all packages/artwork with your student number.

Student Artwork (detail) by Margaret Orchard

All our courses are written to be complete in themselves. However we realise that students may appreciate being able to get clarification about various things as they work through their programme as well wanting reassurance that they are putting techniques into practice effectively. The tutors provide the technical support to deal with relevant queries.

Most courses have their own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. The student is encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique.

The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

Student Artwork (detail) by Debra Lambert
Media: Equipment used Subject: Areas covered Techniques: Skills developed
  • Coloured pencils
  • Graphite pencil
  • Pets, fur, feathers
  • Hair, eyes
  • Skin tones
  • Fabric
  • Trees
  • Shiny & metal objects
  • Creating tone
  • Light & shade
  • Weight of line
  • Composition
  • Shading
  • Mixing colours

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I didn’t study arts so I am always thinking I did something wrong which I didn’t realize while drawing. I am really very happy and proud now and this gives me the push for the final round . I wanted to thank you also about the tips I got from you in my last assignment Feedback they were very helpful.

K Kadry