Drawing Workshop with The Cunning Craftsman

Unfortunately we have had to postpone this event.

Due to COVID-19 we have currently postponed all events at Society1.

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Welcome to The Cunning Craftsman’s first Drawing Workshop programme, based in Preston with Chris Dorning ( owner of The Cunning Craftsman) as your enthusiastic Pencil pusher!

What to expect:

These workshops are a relaxed zone with no finish line. You will be encouraged to draw to your strengths and step out of your comfort zone from time to time. There is no wrong way to draw, only to draw is right.

We will do a couple of quick draw sessions in which you will be asked to sketch what you see in front of you in very limited times ie (5 mins, 10 mins) this will help you loosen up and look beyond perfection as an end result. Sketches are the bones of a drawing and most often are the most interesting. 

We will work indoors for the most part of the work shop, but if the weather is in our favour we can go into the surrounding parks to draw. 

Indoors – we will focus on the quick drawing sessions, some still life, each other, light & shadow, observation and clothed models.

Outdoors – looking at nature, the river, bridges, landscape, light and scale. A camera may be useful if you want to carry on a drawing from outdoors. 

At least 2 of the 3 hours will be sketching loose, thumb nailing and 1 hour we can dedicate to a full drawing.

Saying all of that, this time is yours and I am here to help in every way I can. So, if you have something you want to improve on, a technique you want to learn or starting from scratch, we can use this time to focus on that. If you have a photograph you wish to work from, please bring it along.

What to bring:

Yourselves, whatever drawing materials you want or enjoy (sketch books, loose paper, pens, pencils etc) and an open mind. (Paints won’t be used in this workshop, but charcoals and inks are fine)


There will be some snacks available, biscuits and chocolate and the like, as well as water/ juices etc. Please feel free to bring a snack of whatever you wish.


There will be an assortment of drawing paper provided, from A3 to A1. New members will receive a new sketch book free of charge, charcoals (and fixative), drawing pencils and pens will be available to use throughout. Feel free to bring coloured pencils / pastels if you want. Drawing boards will also be provided so you can sketch on the move and outdoors.


In each workshop, the following topics will be covered: observation, soft lining, loose sketching, still life, portraiture, drawing techniques ie cross-hatching etc, blending, light and most of all freedom of making a line the way you want.


£25 per session. Discount available for multiple sessions.

10:00 am
-1:00 pm
Saturday, April 18, 2020