Drawing for Children Online Art Course 1 (YA1)

Tutored by John Byrne

The Drawing for Childen Course is a Young Artists Course

Give your children the head start they deserve with the Drawing for Children (1) course from London Art College.

This exciting introductory course is a fantastic way for young artists to learn drawing skills at an advanced level. With our help, they can develop their understanding of form, shade and composition before their peers, giving them a real boost before they head into secondary school.

Designed for Children of 7 years old and up, the course is an illustrated, step by step guide to basic drawing techniques. It’s a hands-on course with plenty of exercises to keep them occupied while gently coaxing them towards better ways to draw.

Watch with pride as their skills develop and spend time together with activities that you can share. They’ll be engrossed from the very beginning and along the way they’ll get the support of a professional art tutor who has years of experience in working with children.

The course covers:

  • Shapes and definition
  • Colour and shade
  • Simple animal drawings
  • Line drawing

And much more...

At the end of the course you can present them with a certificate that they can show off to their friends while taking pride in their new drawing and sketching skills.

With a grounding in art that they can build on for the future, who knows where this course will take them? If they choose, they can progress onto the Drawing for Children (2) and learn more advanced techniques of drawing.

So click on the link below to start your children on the path to outstanding drawing skill.

Student Artwork by Talitha Young

Student Artwork by Talitha Young

Course Prices

Please visit our 'Prices and Buy Now' page to view the course prices and to purchase your course. UK residents can purchase courses on this page via instalments, please scroll down to the relevant section to pay a deposit.


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 (detail) by Talitha Young

Student Artwork (detail) by Talitha Young

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 Katrin Burnside

Duration and Experience

The expected duration of this course is approximately 6 months although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies. This course is suitable for all students ages 7 to 14 years old. To read more about home education and the young artists courses please Visit our home education page.

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

Graphite pencil
Coloured pencils

Drawing / shading objects
Light and shade
Creating Shadows
3D shapes and text

Tonal strips

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

Thank you for your kind comments and encouragement. Lynsey is keen to do more watercolour work using the techniques you described for the frog. Lynsey enjoyed searching through the cupboard for food cartons to draw - she thought it was great that you had corn flakes in England too! The packet design seems to be universal. We have bought a putty eraser as suggested in the previous critique and she has been having a go at shiny surfaces. When she did the teddy bear poem, we discovered that her handwriting improves enormously if there are lines as a guide! Many thanks.

Jayne and Lynsey

Lynsey has enjoyed working on the assignments. She seems to have a good grasp of perspective thanks to your excellent instructions! You made it easy enough for me to understand too! She has been showing us how to draw boxes, dice and her toys. Many thanks


Thank you for all your help and feedback throughout the course. She has really enjoyed it. Best wishes.


Help Your Kids Learn Drawing Skills at an Advanced Level with the Drawing for Children (1)

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