Are your artistic talents limited to drawing stick people or doodles in the back of your note book while you are talking on the phone? Would you love some days to unleash your creativity and learn how to draw detailed images that you'll be proud of? Maybe it’s time to take some drawing lessons.

How can I learn to draw?

If you have always wanted to improve your drawing skills, then why not:

  • Take a drawing class?
  • Take drawing lessons online?
  • Or try out a free beginner art lesson?

Whether you learn to draw with a private tutor, at an art studio or learn drawing online, there are many ways of developing your artistic talents. But remember, everyone is unique and should have their own style so don't get discouraged if you can't draw exactly like someone else.

Whilst doing lessons, you'll discover that drawing is not just about picking up a HB pencil. You will discover lots of different mediums and techniques for using them such as chalk, graphite, gouache, sanguine, charcoal, oil painting and much more.

Pay for drawing classes to improve.
If your drawings look like this, you might want to invest in drawing lessons. Photo by Christopher.D on Visual Hunt

Is Drawing an expensive hobby?

But how much does it all cost, bearing in mind that art supplies don't come cheap?

Generally speaking, drawing is one of the least expensive hobbies you can have.

Anyone can start drawing with nothing more than a pencil and a piece of paper. Beyond that, however, the price of drawing lessons can vary depending on where you live, what art supplies you need to buy or whether you're taking drawing lessons for kids.

If you are keen to experiment with artistic styles and mediums, then we'd definitely suggest attending a class as you will then be able to make use of supplies owned by them, rather than having to pay out for a whole heap of supplies you may not ever use again. That said, you will probably want some of your own equipment so that you can practice in between lessons.

There's nothing more satisfying than getting brand new stationery!

Tip: While it can never replicate drawing itself, you might also like to download a drawing app on your laptop or tablet to try out a few different mediums and see what the strokes look like. For instance, you might find charcoal too harsh but not know until you see it on paper (or, on screen!). You can do the same process of elimination by looking at images of artwork on Pinterest, but do keep an open mind because your teacher may want you to try out a range of media as part of your learning process.

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Learning To Draw: How Much Do Art Lessons Cost in the UK?

Water colours, graphite, charcoal, sanguine… Art lessons a good way to get to know the different drawing techniques.

Whether you want to earn a living as an artist or simply want to draw a cat that actually looks like one, the benefits of art are plenty, improving your:

  • Concentration
  • Patience
  • Hand-eye co-ordination
  • Creativity.

And though many universities and art schools are offering specialist courses such as comics and graphic novels, most also offer a range of general, more traditional art lessons to learn drawing basics:

  • How to draw animals
  • Figure drawing from live models
  • How to draw a face
  • Drawing hands
  • Portrait painting
  • Colour theory
  • Shading

In short: all the fundamentals of drawing!

Learn figure drawing with live models.
Art schools still offer traditional drawing lessons - with a nude model, for example - for a fair price.
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Where to study Drawing in the UK

Learning to Draw in Art Studios

Almost every town has an art school or art studio of some sort - some art museums offer drawing lessons, too. Through their art classes, you will be able to devote several hours a week across numerous days to learning how to draw under the supervision of one or more professional artists.

The studios provide all the necessary art supplies for these types of events, though you will be expected to bring your own basic drawing materials (pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener.)

Prices often vary depending on whether you want to take beginner drawing lessons or advanced art classes, and on how long the course lasts.

The drawing teachers will help you develop your artistic instincts and often organise an exhibition with their student’s work at the end of the term.

Prices vary. For example:

  • The Independent Art School in Birmingham offers classes for £ 55 an hour, or £620 for a 20-lesson block
  • Inkwell Arts in Leeds have monthly visual arts classes for £4-6 a session, and even a “Tuesday Art School” where you can pay whatever you like.
  • Creative Courses in Manchester offer evening courses of 6 drawing sessions for £ 185 or £125 for an intensive weekend art course.
  • Dot Art in Liverpool offer 1-day art workshops for £45, 3-day drawing classes for £ 125 and £160 for ten lessons.
  • The Bristol Folk House has varying prices, with 10-12 week courses for anywhere between £125-150 and around £30 for a one-day class
Learn to draw in different techniques.
Art studios offer courses in a variety of techniques - as intensive holiday classes, too.
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Learn drawing techniques thanks to intensive courses

Intensive or holiday art classes are a good way to pass the time and improve fast. They are especially useful for those who can’t set aside time to learn how to draw every week. Both art schools and universities offer week-long classes throughout the year, usually during school holidays. They often focus on a specific theme or technique, such as sketchbooking, oil painting, live model, still life…

Fees for the week are generally between £300 and £500.

See different drawing classes for kids here.

Improve your Drawing Skills with a Superprof tutor

Even if you are convinced you have no artistic talent, it’s never too late to learn to draw!

Whether it’s gouache, graphite, sanguine or markers, figure drawing or abstract painting, you are sure to find a technique that speaks to you. But before that can happen, you need to take drawing lessons.

So why not take lessons with a private art tutor to learn drawing basics?

The Superprof platform matches students to private tutors. There are over 500 people passionate about art ready to help you discover the wonderful world of visual arts through private lessons.

Each one has his own unique profile.

Some are art students enrolled in a Fine Arts or design school, or studying drawing at a university. Others are amateurs who have been drawing for many years and are eager to impart what they know.

Whichever you choose, all of them have their own speciality. Comics, graphic novels, illustration, sketching, reproducing paintings, graphic arts, inking…

On Superprof, Arts and Hobbies lessons are among the least expensive. Indeed, the average price lies somewhere between £20 and £30.

Here are some prices for visual arts lessons regardless of location:

  • £38 in average for abstract art lessons
  • £19.69 for watercolour classes
  • £24.64 for oil painting classes
  • £19.53 for comic art lessons
  • £21.22 for caricature lessons

Superprof doesn’t take a commission on the lessons, just a one-time fee to allow you to contact the teacher(s) of your choice.

Learning to draw or paint during the course of private lessons allows you to choose exactly what you want to learn, but also to set up your creative drawing classes to suit your timetable - private students arrange the date and time of their lessons directly with their tutor.

School holidays can also be a wonderful time to take advantage of private drawing lessons to boost creativity skills.

After that, it’s up to you to improve between classes by practicing sketching, two-point perspective view, three-point perspective, still life…

Is it possible to learn to draw with a Remote Teacher?

So drawing lessons are among the cheapest Superprof has to offer - a good motivation to learn to draw a cat that actually looks like one and not be ashamed to show your doodles and drawings of horses and dogs.

But it is possible to lower the price of a lesson by choosing a tutor who is less expensive. So long as you are happy to learn remotely.

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Drawing classes aren't ecessairly expensive.
Drawing lessons don't have to be prohibitive - you don't have to own the Boardwalk to pay for them!
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For example, prices vary depending on the city you live in.

So while drawing class London averages around £26 for a one-hour lesson, other cities in the UK will have different prices. Here are the average prices for some of the larger UK cities:

  • Birmingham £14
  • Liverpool £20
  • Leeds £19
  • Edinburgh £18
  • Glasgow £ 19
  • Cardiff £33

So, if you live in London or Cardiff, you may want to look for tutors based in less expensive areas and use technology to progress in this area.

Technology has revolutionised learning techniques, even for beginners. Today, you can contact your teacher and ask him questions via webcam - he might not be looking over your shoulder, but he can still give you tips on how to use a certain technique - blending, crumbling, wash, blending etc.

And for cheaper lessons, consider looking through the various profiles and choosing art students. They often give lessons to pass on their knowledge and earn a few pounds - and gain teaching experience. But whatever the reason, their prices are usually the lowest.

Tips on further reducing the cost of your Drawing Classes

There are some other little tips on how can reduce the cost of a drawing lesson booked through the Superprof website.

Most tutors on the site offer the first hour of class for free. Just because you like the look of your tutor doesn’t mean you will get along with him. A trial lesson lets you see if you’ve made a good choice.

And if you do like your new art teacher?

Then take advantage of discounts for booking 10 lessons at once. You can save up to 15% with those drawing teachers who offer it. A good deal, especially since it takes more than just one hour to learn how to draw as well as Leonardo da Vinci or Monet!

And don’t forget to practise between drawing lessons!

How Much Do Art Supplies Cost?

As we've mentioned, it's not necessarily the art classes that can make the costs mount up, it's the supplies that can be a big expense.

To draw a landscape realistically, you need the right drawing materials. Pen, charcoal, graphite - every art material will give your drawing its own character so you might like to explore the different mediums and see what effects you can create. Or maybe you don't want to draw real-life objects and want to go for a more abstract effect?

You can get a wide range of art supplies in department stores or stationery shops, or go to physical or online art supply shops for more specialized materials.

Prices will vary depending on location. The Internet often has lower prices, but the shop assistants at art stores can give you invaluable advice on choosing new materials.


Artist coloured pencils, graphite pencils, pastel pencils: choose your favourite medium to practice in your work book! They will be more or less expensive depending on the quality and size of the box. Also, quality artist products obviously cost more than basic tools for beginners.

You can get cheap coloured pencils at about £6 a box of 12; graphite sets start around the same range. Derwent and Koh-i-Noor tend to be cheaper than Faber-Castell or Carand’Ache.

You can pay up to £70 for a graphite set with the full H to B range and additonal supplies or almost £400 for a set of 120 coloured pencils.

In general, however, pencils are among the cheapest art supplies.


Drawing on printing paper is all well and good, but proper drawing paper is a true revelation. Whether online or in shops, you will find a wide range of drawing paper in various weights and grains. Pastel paper, Bristol paper, watercolour paper, canvas for oil or acrylic painting…


Though a pencil sharpener and a ruler are enough for most mediums, you might want to invest in one or two accessories, such as an easel - ranging from £12 for a table easel to electric restoration easels costing over £5,000.

But don’t worry - this kind of art material can usually be bought bit by bit. If you are just taking drawing lessons for beginners, no need to storm the shops - an eraser and a pencil sharpener are quite enough.

To your pencils!

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