Introduction to Drawing and Painting Perspective

Whether intending to create a rendering of an interior or exterior scene, having the drawing skill necessary to accomplish ‘believable space’ and three dimensions is beneficial when recording an environment, setting a scene or developing a design idea. By direct observation in the studio and out on location (weather permitting), this course will encourage personal expression using a variety of drawing media to avoid a formal technical drawing approach in the exploration of the fundamental principles of perspective.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate basic skills with increased confidence in rendering three dimensions with accurate perspective;
  • show a basic understanding of fundamental elements of perspective;
  • use a variety of approaches for making compositions with spatial depth.

Some art and design experience desirable.

Introduction to Drawing and Painting Perspective

Room G.09, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ
Start date
2 Days
Day(s) and Times(s)
Mon 17 & Tue 19 July, 9.00am - 4.30pm
Subject Area
Elizabeth (Jessica) Bevan
Room G.09, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ
Time of Day
  • Discussion and demonstration of the basic elements of perspective as a device to create depth and three dimensions in pictorial composition. Students will explore these elements as they apply to interiors in theory and practice using achromatic drawing media.
  • Resolution of compositions embarked upon in session 1 with attention to enhancing depth further with the use of tonal value and focus of interest.
  • Revision and group discussion regarding perspective theory with regard to previous course projects and class references with attention to exteriors. Students will attempt an exterior composition in which perspective principles will be demonstrated using monochromatic or coloured drawing media on a toned support.
  • Resolution of compositions embarked upon in session 3 with attention to enhancing depth further with the use of colour and/or detail. 

This course will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor who will suggest follow up reading, research and practice to support their studies. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

Core Readings

Stobart, Jane, 2006. Drawing Matters. London: A. & C. Black

Craig-Martin, Michael, 1995. Drawing the line: reappraising drawing past and present.  London: The South Bank Centre

Maier, Manfred, 1980. Basic principles of design.  New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided.

  • Cartridge sketching pad A2 or A3
  • Two sheets of thick cartridge paper A1
  • Two sheets of mid-toned blue/green grey sugar or pastel paper A1 or A2
  • Graphite pencils HB, 2B or 4B or 6B
  • Willow charcoal
  • Soft colour pastels
  • Eraser and putty rubber
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Fixative
  • Light weight drawing board for working out on location
  • Protective clothing

If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.