Basic Drawing Techniques

Course Overview

Explore the basics of drawing in this comprehensive course designed for individuals starting their artistic journey. Drawing is a valuable preparation skill for all arts and crafts as well as an artform in its own right.

You will learn key techniques such as perspective, shading, and creating surface textures using pencil, charcoal, and ink. You’ll practice drawing various subjects including flowers, landscapes, buildings, pets, and people.

This course is structured for those with little to no prior drawing experience, providing a solid foundation in the art of drawing

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

This course will involve a combination of tutor demonstrations and student practical work. Step by step guidance from tutor as students work on projects. Homework given each lesson.

Topics include:
  • Introduction to materials and equipment
  • Elements and principles of art
  • Draftsmanship – pencil, charcoal, ink
  • Tone and shading
  • Surface textures
  • Perspective
  • Subjects – still life, buildings, landscapes, plants, trees and flowers, pets and people.

Course outcome

By the end of the course you will understand the principles of observational drawing and the use of drawing media to produce satisfying drawings.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

This level is for the complete beginner and assumes no prior knowledge.

What you need to provide

  • First lesson – Sketch book of A3 Cartridge paper, 3B & 6B graphite pencils.
  • List of other materials provided at first lesson.
  • Drawing boards & information sheets provided.

Class details

Start Date01 August 2024
End Date19 September 2024
Time5:30pm - 7:30pm
TutorDeidre Morrison


Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Enrol

Step 1 - Choose Your Course

  • Select the non-accredited short course you are interested in.
  • Find a day and time that suits your schedule.

Note: Enrolment is open to anyone 18 years or older.

Step 2 - Enrol and Verify

  • Click ‘Enrol Now’ after selecting your course and schedule.
  • Enter your details on the enrolment page.
  • Verify your email through a secure link sent to your email address.
  • Complete the secure checkout and payment process.

Ensure you read the Terms and Conditions available at: Macquarie Community College Terms and Conditions. For assistance, call customer service at 1300 845 888.

Step 3 - Receive Your Enrolment Details

  • You will receive an immediate enrolment confirmation email upon successful enrolment. Check and read the attached Terms and Conditions.
  • The payer of the enrolment will receive a tax invoice immediately after processing.
  • You will receive a course reminder email a day before your class begins.
  • For Online Zoom classes, a Zoom link and password will be emailed the day before class. Use the same link and password for subsequent sessions if applicable.