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Study this pen and wash course in Brighton.

Pen and wash is a wonderful form of artistic expression, one that challenges and unifies the art of drawing and painting. This pen and wash course offers an opportunity to explore this diverse medium from fine line to experimental mark making, constrained palettes to riots of colour.

Throughout the pen and wash course we will use a range of paper, pens and brushes and together we will study its various forms of application through a variety of technique and subject matter.


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COURSE TUTOR: Zara Slattery

DURATION: 10 weeks

DAY: Wednesday

TIME:  1-3pm


Autumn: 25 September 2019 – 4 December 2019 (half term 30 October 2019)

WHERE: Ivory Place

COURSE FEE: £125 Full Fee / £75 Concessions / £15 Better Living Through Learning


Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.

Please note that concessions cannot be booked online.






This course aims to:

To introduce pen and wash techniques to beginners and enhance the confidence and skill of students already practiced in the art of pen and wash, through a series of traditional and experimental subject matter and themes.


Who this course is for?



What will I be able to do by the end of this course?

  • Convey depth of field
  • Understand of colour and mood
  • You will have a practical knowledge of mark marking and wash application
  • You will have a working knowledge of different paper types and their qualities
  • Tackle a variety of varied subjects with confidence
  • Interpret themes, narrative and movement
  • Discuss your own work, recognising the direction of your own practise and be able to offer fair criticism to others


What materials will I need for the course?

A4 or A3 good quality sketchbook, drawing pen, brush, watercolours or a small range of coloured inks. Further materials to be advised during the course.


Roughly how much will they cost?

In the region of £25 for essentials.


How will I know I am making progress?

Through informal critiques, group discussions and by keeping a brief weekly diary about your current work.


Is there any extra study outside the class?

You will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook, collect images of interest/inspiration and do occasional research.


Who is the course tutor?

Zara Slattery is a freelance illustrator with a BA Hons from Edinburgh College of Art and an MA in Communication Design from MMU, she has over twenty years’ experience of professional art practice.  Zara is an Illustrator and Comic Artist who writes short story comics, she has a number of independently published titles. Zara ran a Pen & Wash course at the Friends Centre for three years as well as schools and community workshops in Hackney, London. As part of the British Councils Dickens 2012 Bicentenary celebrations, Zara ran international comic workshops in Greece and Malta.


What next?

You might like to consider one of Friends Centre’s many other art courses or even a Foundation course at City College.





Wednesday 25 September 2019 - Wednesday 4 December 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sessions: 10

Full price: £125.00
Concession rate (if available): £75.00
Please note that concessions are not available online.
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Ivory Place


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