Coloured Pencil Drawing Online Art Course (C12)

Tutored by Monika Cilmi  and  Ida Mitrani

The Coloured Pencil Drawing Course is a Certificate Course

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 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.

Student Artwork by Norma Hall

Student Artwork (detail) by Norma Hall

Course Prices

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Critiques online or via Regular Mail

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 by Margaret Orchard

Student Artwork (detail) by Margaret Orchard

Tutor Support

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 by Debra Lambert

Student Artwork (detail) by Debra Lambert

Duration and Experience

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.

Course Content

The following is an overview of some of the areas that are covered in the course.

Media: Equipment used

Subject: Areas covered

Techniques: Skills developed

Coloured pencils
Graphite pencil

Pets, fur, feathers
Hair, eyes
Skin tones
Shiny & metal objects

Creating tone
Light & shade
Weight of line
Mixing colours

Samples pages from this course

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Sample Images from the course

Below are a few images from the course itself illustrated by artist Melanie Phillips.

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Testimonials from students

Hi Everyone at LAC: I recently received the final grade from Julie Douglas for completing the CP course and she has awarded me with a Distinction – yay ! I am very grateful to Julie for this recognition and for being such an amazing teacher. With best regards,

Linda Brughera

Hi Julie, Thanks so much for my pass with merit it certainly made all my efforts worthwhile. I feel I have learnt huge amounts whilst studying with you and still hear your words in my ears whilst i am painting!! Many thanks again for all your help and kind words.


I would like to say a big thank you for your patience; encouragement and gentle prodding that you have given me. I have really enjoyed the course I am very pleased I decided to take it. I think the discipline of doing the briefs made me concentrate on the subject, it is so easy to do it another day. I have tried to listen to your advice I feel I have learnt a great deal about the medium of colour pencils, lastly I hope I have not disappointed you after all your excellent crits. There is still a lot to learn so I am looking forward to trying other subjects in colour pencil. Take care and thanks again


Last i would like to say that you have been so good and kind to teach me. i definitely got to know much more ideas and techniques i haven't tried before. thank you for your appreciation no matter how much bad my work. thank you.will always remember you and your advice.


Hi Julie Thank your for your help and advice. I enjoyed the course very much. Thank you again,


Dear Julie, Thank you for all the advice and encouragement you have given in the critiques, they have been extremely helpful. When I look back at my drawing a year ago and then the most recent work, clearly there has been improvement. That has been the value of your course and your input. Thank you for your efforts. Your last crit was so encouraging. For each piece you offered both praise and detailed suggestions for improvement. I am enermously pleased to have my work displayed on the college website. Thank you.

Keith Galliford

Dear Julie, a heartfelt thank you for your happy and encouraging news. I never imagined my final efforts would have resulted in the ultimate reward a student could hope for. I shall certainly continue with coloured pencil and follow up your advice. Many thanks agin for this rewarding course and your help and encouragement. Marianne Leipman-Schiller

Marianne Leipman-Schiller

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