Improve your students drawing skills with some handy tips and techniques to try in the classroom. Artist Louise Bradley demonstrates a great range of drawing techniques with charcoal, wax crayon, rubbers and textured paper. The large scale group work is ambitious but very effective.

This workshop was delivered on one day with a group of Year 6 pupils. We suggest you break the workshop into two sessions, individual and group drawing. We see the individual activities as skill development for the larger work. Watch the clips and replicate the stages. Drawing with a brush and drawing with wax crayons are activities involving water and are best put together. You may choose to concentrate on the activities that develop drawing skills using charcoal. Be aware charcoal can be messy. For the group drawing we recommend that you plan the design on a small scale and then scale the design up as large as you can physically manage to enable as many pupils as possible to be involved. Start from the middle and work out to the edges. A school hall or dining room is ideal for this activity.

Key Stage:

KS2 Art and Design


The nine films show different ways of working with drawing materials both individually and in a group.
This lesson plan can be used to:
To start a drawing project.
To develop ideas and understanding of processes and materials.
As part of study of any artist using drawing in their work.
As part of individual study.


A quick summary of the various techniques explored in this workshop.

Drawing wth a wax candle

Wax resist drawing using crayons without looking down at the paper.

Drawing with a brush

Making fast, flowing, large drawings using a brush and dilute black paint.

Drawing tone with charcoal

Producing a range of tones from charcoal, using different pressures and smudging.

Drawing shadow

Observing and drawing shadows using charcoal.

Drawing negative space

An exercise to make you think differently about looking at space

A large-scale group drawing, part one

Working big with charcoal

Large group drawing workshop part two

The group drawing - pupils' reflections.

Teachers view

A teacher considers the benefits of the workshop.

Development Activity:

Elsewhere on CultureStreet you can find out more about drawing with these lesson plans.

Drawing with charcoal

Drawing with Light and Shade

Mark making

Learning Objectives:

Pupils should be taught:
To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
Elements covered in this workshop include:
Drawing with a wax crayon
Drawing negative space
Drawing wth a brush Using charcoal on small and large scale

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