Short Course: Drawing Expanded

Level up your drawing on this intermediate course with Merlin Strangeway.

When, Where

Find ways to draw that suit you on this six-week course with award-winning illustrator and educator Merlin Strangeway. She'll guide you through six principles of drawing using six different media, examining a variety of approaches and artists’ work to instruct and inspire.

This course is designed for those who have completed our Beginners' Guide to Drawing or Exploring Drawing courses, or those who already have some experience of drawing and want to expand their skills.

Course modules:

Week 1: How to Look (Graphite, Conte & Charcoal)

Week 2: The Energy within a Line (Ink)

Week 3: Theory of Colour (Acrylics)

Week 4: Rhythm: Variety and Unity (Watercolour)

Week 5: Proportion and Composition (Collage)

Week 6: Narrative (Mixed Media)

You are welcome to bring a sketchbook if you like but all other material will be provided by House of Illustration.

About the tutor:

Merlin Strangeway is an award-winning illustrator, scribe and educator who’s been teaching at House of Illustration since 2011. Passionate about using the arts as a tool for social engagement and change, she believes that everyone has the ability to make beautiful illustrations.

Merlin specialises in scientific illustration, and currently holds the post of Medical Illustrator in Residence at Guy’s Pathology Museum, Kings College, London. She has lectured internationally and taught at numerous art colleges, schools and universities across the UK.

Selected previous clients include Tate Modern, The British Library, The Design Museum, Central Saint Martins, NHS, John Lewis, Bloomsbury Books, Latitude Festival and Time Out.

Feedback from Merlin's previous courses:

"Merlin was a fantastic tutor and managed to fit in a load of content without it feeling rushed. Thanks!"

"The tutor was fantastic – very focused, helpful, engaging and enthusiastic."

"Merlin you were a fantastic tutor; clear, inspiring and supportive. I found the course a great fit for what I was hoping to achieve and am quietly confident I’ll be making time for the pleasures of illustration in weekly living from hereon-in. Thank you."

Course dates and booking:

Thursdays 11 June – 16 July 2020 from 7-9.30pm.

To book, please select the start date from the drop-down menu below. The price refers to the whole course, not individual sessions. This course is for those aged 18+ only.

Any questions? Please check our FAQs.


Tickets Price Number Total price
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Full course with Gift Aid£286.00 £286.00
Full course£260.00 £260.00

Tickets are non-refundable. Aged 18+ only.

The price refers to the whole course, not to individual sessions, and entitles you to House of Illustration entry for the duration of the course.

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Gift Aid

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