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  • Date: 01 Jun 2023
  • Time: 05:00 - 07:00
The Hearth


The Hearth
Main Road Horsley Northumberland NE15 0NT, United Kingdom

Hearth Arts Centre & Café



01 Jun 2023


10:00 - 12:00




In todays art shops we are spoilt by the immence range of pens you can buy to draw or write with. It’s easy to get excited by the miriad of colours or ink types you could explore using. They offer so many exciting posibilities for creative work.

‘Pen and wash drawing for beginners’ offers instruction on how to build up your confidence in drawing with a pen so that you can create sketches or detailed descriptive drawings with greater ease. Jason will show you traditional pen drawing approaches as well as some modernistic methods that take advantage of pens whose inks dilute with water. We will also look at creating traditional pen and wash drawings using traditional dip pens, building up the drawing in layers of diluted ink.

This 9 week course in the bright and spacious hall at the Hearth, Horsley, is the ideal way to ignite a love of pen and wash. Your tutor is well known for creating a happy, relaxed learning experience which promises to be fun and facinating. He is also a highly accomplished draughtman who can demonstrate the skills that will take your work to the next level.

It’s a myth than being able to drawing is a gift. It’s a learnt skill. Yes, some people have more interest in art than others and appear to have a natural aptitude, but anyone with the capability to draw can become better at it with training. So don’t be shy, come and join the group and see if you can surprize yourself and your family and friends with what you are able to draw by the end of the course.

Jason Skill, your tutor, has taught drawing to adults for more that thirty years. He has taught art for Newcastle University, The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle City Learning and Newcastle and Gatehead Colleges. He is presently an artist partner with SAA and has his own online educational video buisiness – Studio www.studio.jasonskill.com

Demonstration sketching looking at basic landscape construction


Pen and ink.


Students attending this course must bring their own materials – list provided.



It would also suit anyone who has been drawing for a while who wants to learn pen drawing skills.

Day, location and time

Thursday 10:00 – 12:00 noon

The Hearth, Hosley.


9 weeks – see calendar

Starts on the 1st of June

Cost – £135

Why does Jason think this course would be of value to you as an artist ?

Learning to draw with pen and wash opens up a whole new world of drawing. It enables you to understand more clearly the use of line, cross hatching and the value of shapes whilst also intruducing you to the value of building up an image in layers with diluted washes. This is a very useful transferable skill if you want to begin watercolour painting or have a hankering to sketch out of doors.

What will you do on the course ?

  • Learn how to handle modern and traditional dip pens drawing a wide variety of marks.
  • Examine how artists both past and present use these marks to mimic the look of objects, people and landscapes
  • Learn how to make and layer washes
  • Begin to see how to analyse how to effectively plan the production of a pen and wash drawing
  • Create finished drawings

What do you need to bring ?

On the first week of the course will need to bring a 2b pencil, biro, fine liner, erasure, pencil sharpener and pad of drawing paper

If you are unable to purchase the course online then please send a cheque for £135

– made payable to; Painting with Skill to:

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To avoid disappointment – book early.

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