Fri, 09 Nov | Victoria & Albert Museum

2nd & 3rd Friday Evenings of Drawing in the V&A for Alumni Students

Continuation of the traditional drawing course over another one or two Friday evenings (Nov 9th & 16th) | 18.45pm - 21.15pm | Max 7 | £35 or £62 (discount for returning short course students)
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2nd & 3rd Friday Evenings of Drawing in the V&A for Alumni Students

Time & Location

09 Nov 2018, 18:45 – 23 Nov 2018, 21:30
Victoria & Albert Museum, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2HB, UK

About The Event

As a starting point, for centuries the traditionally trained art student has drawn from casts and sculpture. Following this practice, Nichola Eddery is offering a traditional drawing course over one, two or three Friday evenings in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

This short course will be taught by Nichola Eddery and will offer her unique blend of traditional training through drawing directly from the V&A's sculptural masterpieces. Through a step-by-step methodology, Nichola will provide demonstrations and exercises to help each student learn the vital stages of how to develop a drawing. This includes how to start a drawing and learn how to achieve a clearer understanding of proportion, structure, gesture, form, value, light and shadow through line and tonal gradation. These stages will be developed through learning the inner movement curve, the envelope, the stages of the block-in, the block concept, how light interacts with form and modelling. The evenings are very structured and follow on from the previous evening.

This course will be comprised of 2.5 hours, 5 hours or 7.5 hours of training in figurative drawing. The evenings will be split into two, one-hour and ten-minute sessions with an optional 10-minute break half-way through.

This short course is designed for a small group of 1-7 people , so each student receives more one-to-one tutoring time with Nichola.

Returning students may also have the option to book the 9th & 16th. This will give the returning student the opportunity to learn or reinstate the next stages of traditional drawing. Nichola recommends the whole course to develop a strong drawing.

Students in full-time education and returning students receive a 10% discount.

Structure for the Evenings of the November 2nd, 9th & 16th

  • 6.30 pm - 6.40 pm Meet and great in the Grand Entrance next to the information counter
  • 6.40 pm - 6.45 pm Walk to The Dorothy and Michael Hintzel Galleries; rooms 22-24
  • 6.45pm – 7.55pm Drawing
  • 7.55 pm– 8.05pm Optional break
  • 8.05pm – 9.15pm Drawing
  • 9.15pm Optional social gathering at the V&A Cafe
  • 10pm Museum closes

What you will learn each evening

  • November 2nd - You will learn about how to start a drawing, proportion, structure and gesture. This will involve learning the envelope, the inner curve, the inner movement and the early block-in.
  • November 9th - You will learn about capturing the gesture, furthering your understanding of structure and form. You will also learn about light and shadow. This will involve learning the next stages of the block-ins, the box concept and learning the classic order of light.
  • November 16th - You will learn value, tonal gradation and how to model form.

Course Details

  • 2.5 or 5 or 7.5 hours of tutoring
  • 2.5-hour classes
  • Max 7 places
  • All levels of drawing experience are welcome, including the complete beginner
  • Students in full time education receive a 10% discount and must provide their student ID on arrival to the lesson
  • Nichola will provide one-to-one tuition to each participant during the evening
  • The programme will provide 6 demonstrations and exercises to learn the vital stages of a drawing; learning how to begin, proportion, structure, form, value, light and shade and understanding how to convey the interaction of light on form through line and tonal gradation.
  • On receipt, you will receive the password to access the drawing handbook to prepare for the classes. The drawing handbook link is located at the bottom of every page on this website and is labelled 'Drawing Handbook'. Click on this link and then enter the password. The handbook is an instructive document that will provide information on the fundamental principles of drawing to help you prepare for class. You will also receive, a list of instructional drawing books, suggestions on how to continue with your practice and other useful information.
  • Essential supplies are to be purchased before the course and this includes, A4 drawing pad, 2B pencil, grey putty rubber, and an enclosed sharpener. This will cost under £10. The full list is on the Materials page and to access this page please click on the link at the bottom of every page labelled 'Drawing Materials and Suppliers'. The list can also be found in the drawing handbook.
  • Students wishing to try red chalk or graphite and chalk on toned paper are welcomed to the class but must be purchased before the workshop commences
  • Stools will be provided and are to be returned at the end of class
  • Knitting needles will be provided for measuring and are to be returned at the end of class.

This workshop is for adults over 18 years of age, unless a minor over 16 year old has their parent's/guardian's express consent. Please inform Nichola if you require a parental consent form at

Max weight for Nichola' s stool is 90kg. If you prefer to use a V&A stool, they can be found near the members desk, but they are limited and often taken.

Please read terms and conditions for the cancellation and refund policy and remember bookings made less than three days prior the course commences is non-refundable.

Please inform Nichola if you have any special requirements and please do not hesitate to contact Nichola if you have any questions at

You do not need a Paypal account to pay. Please clink on the link and check out as guest to pay with debit or credit card.

Price Per Person
  • Returning students 9th & 16th
  • Returning students 9th

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