Course Code E2301DR005
Tutor Zoe Toolan
Course Dates Fridays: 22nd September to 1st December 2023
Times 10:30AM - 4:30PM
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £630 + £35 materials fee

This course is divided into two structured halves:

After an initial introduction to general colour theory (or re-introduction, depending on existing knowledge), the first half of this course will take a technical approach to the application of various key colour drawing mediums. Through this ‘how to’ methodology, you will discover how different mediums can be used, behave, look and how you personally respond to them.

After the Reading Week you will be introduced to new ways of encountering colour and explore the multifaceted universe of drawing, all with the aim of challenging, exciting and inspiring creative colour use within your own work.

Throughout the course the drawing process will be firmly acknowledged as an art form in itself, with this course’s emphasis less on finished pieces and more on learning.

Note: this course is designed as a series of sessions that build into a kind of working sketchbook. Owing to this, we will often be working on smaller paper sizes and it’s advisable to bring an A3 folder/portfolio in which to keep all your drawings.

By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • Understand and apply colour theory 
  • Analyse the work of others, applying findings to the development of their own work. 
  • Create experimental drawings using a range of media, substrates and techniques
  • Research, plan and complete a self initiated project.

This course is suitable for all levels.

Zoe Toolan (she/her) is a working class artist educator from Yorkshire, now based in Brighton. Her art is live and social with drawing at its core and learning integrated into her practice instead of a separate activity; she often challenges what drawing is with the aim of opening discussion and debate around wider issues. Zoe is passionate about art being an essential part of everyone’s everyday life and has shown work in spaces ranging from traditional galleries to music festivals. She has completed projects for bodies including L.A.D.A. and Axis, and is a contributing author to DK’s The Artist’s Manual. Zoe is Art Academy London’s Certificate Programme Leader and the Head of Drawing for Public Programmes. 

Guest tutors will be leading various sessions throughout the course.


Please see the ‘what to bring each week’ sections above for full details on what to provide. There will be a £35 materials fee to cover materials for the taster sessions in the first few weeks of the course. After the reading week, you will need to purchase your preferred materials.

We recommend you bring an A3 folder/portfolio to keep your drawings.

Certain materials can be purchased from the Academy shop during shop hours. Please check in advance of your class if the item you require is available, as the Academy may not have this in stock.

If you do not have your own drawing materials, there is an option to order a Drawing Pack at the time of booking which will be available when you arrive for your first class.  

A Drawing Pack (£25.00) contains
One set of lead pencils (2B, 4B, 6B)

One box of medium willow charcoal sticks (25 pieces)

One ​box of ​willow charcoal extra thick​ individual​ stick

One stick of chalk

One box of compressed charcoal sticks (12 pieces)

Six ​D​erwent pastel pencils, can be used wet or dry in: Process Yellow, Cadmium Red, Prussian Blue, Forest Green, Burnt Umber, Titanium White

One putty rubber​ in a box​

One eraser

O​n​e auto lock knife

Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

You are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

Students will also be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs and water bottles where possible.

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
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From: £630.00

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