Advanced Graphite Art Workshops

Do you love drawing with graphite? Looking to improve your techniques, but not sure where to start? Then these advanced graphite art sessions are for you!

Over these Saturday evening advanced graphite classes, you will learn how to take your graphite drawing techniques to the next level, with an in-depth look at various skills, tips and tricks.

Your host for this course is FaBd Art Classes, whose experienced artists will help you expand your knowledge of this beautiful and atmospheric technique!

Along with revisiting techniques covered in basic classes, these workshops can be adapted to fit around your needs. If you would like to spend more time and practise in a particular area, your host will adapt the session.

What to expect:

  • An in-depth look at graphite drawing techniques, tools and skills
  • Relaxed and friendly workshops
  • Time to explore your creative side and develop your skills
  • Build your confidence as a graphite artist
  • Plenty of guidance, demonstrations, inspiration and tips from your hosts

Some of topics covered in the sessions:

  • 3D shapes & breaking things down into basic shapes - creating form from light & shadow.
  • Prop Box: building things up from their basic shapes - subjects from the prop box- (either student/tutor supplied items), taking forward breaking things down into basic shapes from a subject.
  • Shine & Reflection: shiny objects - enhancing realism with light.
  • Negative Space: relief techniques and graphite layering - hands from props or references - landscapes/subjects.
  • Skulls, shape of face and head, three-quarter face - a brief look at foreshortening.
  • Facial perspective, angles of the face.
  • Hair textures, how to get overall shapes of different hair types.
  • Composition, horizon lines, vanishing points, rule of thirds and making use of foreshortening.
  • Prop Box: construct a scene, choosing subjects from the prop box, (either student/tutor supplied items) and drawing on techniques gained so far.

Age restrictions: 7+

Adult £22.50
Child (7-16 year olds) £14

How to get there


  • Baby changing
  • Family friendly
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets
  • WiFi

COVID-19 guidelines

Hand sanitiser is provided

On the day

  • Please bring a smartphone, if you have one.
  • A sketchpad will be provided.
  • Toolkits are available for purchase online, in your host's shop or at your first class. Classes are built around these toolkits. A materials list is also available.
  • Weather permitting, classes may be held outside.

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 3 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 3 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Bethany Davies (She/Her)

Born in Birmingham, Beth now lives in Redditch. Her love affair with the arts has been a lifelong relationship so she’s been honing her artistic skills since childhood: painting, drawing & crafting every chance she got. After doing her Art GCSE, she took A-Level art where she discovered a new joy: pottery, then it was on to complete a foundation degree in art.
Now an accomplished prisma portrait artist, Beth specialises in animal portraits, as well as working in paints, digital graphic design, photography & pottery. When not arting, she enjoys reading books, getting inspiration listening to podcasts, & taking her multiple dogs for long walks.
Bringing a more formal art education to the FaBd team, Beth may be our colouring pencil expert, but she also designed our logo & most of our media! She’s also full of encouragement, making her a delight to work with & will gladly answer all your art questions.

Francoise Krull (She/Her)

Francoise goes by Fran in person but has been known online as the artist Lace9 for well over a decade. A self-taught, self-described, ‘constant artist’ selling her works globally for at least the last fifteen years. She returned to her home city of Birmingham five years ago after a 10-year sojourn in America.
Since returning, Fran began running pop-up shops in a variety of venues, including Oasis Market, one of her beloved teenage haunts. From there, she became Birmingham’s first Artnight artist, teaching large classes of varied skills, to paint an array of splendid paintings, always in under 2 hours as well as training several others to follow in her footsteps.
When the pandemic struck & she was forced to shield, she used the time to expand her artistic skills & worked on editing/illustrating the second fantasy novel in her ongoing series, which is now available for purchase on amazon alongside her first. When she’s not creating or at some massive event popping-up with her wares, she & her family sell them from her shop: The Hand-Drawn Stores, at Northfield Market, on one of Birmingham’s most vibrant high streets.
A firm believer that everyone is an artist & missing the real-time connection of her regular classes - not to mention constantly fielding questions from those wishing to learn - Fran decided it was high time she started classes of her own. Preferably as different to Artnights as possible, given her hope - when the company resumes in the UK - to continue tutoring both. So together with Bethany, a talented colouring artist, they began planning what would soon become FaBd: Fran and Beth drawing art classes. Offering a variety of short-term courses to help even those who “can only draw a stickman”, properly get to grips with the right pencils.
​ Brummie born & bred, Fran brings empowering creative inspiration to our classes. Sick to the back teeth of broken leads, she’s also the main designer behind our nifty FaBd pencil case.

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