Design Museum Academy 3 day course

The Drawing Gym

Join this three-part course designed to boost drawing confidence in participants of all levels. Learn simple tools for visualising and communicating ideas in this three-part introduction to drawing.

What to expect

Using the museum and its permanent collection as a starting point, explore drawing techniques for visualising and communicating ideas. Explore drawing techniques for visualising forms, communicating information, observing imaginatively and capturing ideas.

Session One: Isometric sketching
Use crating, estimating, and isometric grids to make 2d and 3d sketches of geometric forms and chairs in the museum’s collection.

Session Two: Diagramming
Working with techniques for thinking up and illustrating ‘how to’ process-based diagrams. Understand and apply hierarchy in visual explanations, and experiment with time narratives.

Session Three: Idea-capture
Use sketch-note, cartography and novel observation techniques to examine underlying patterns of human and other behaviours. Produce a map of your investigations.

Participants will also have free access to The Drawing Gym’s online Foundation course resources, including exercises and worksheets for the duration of this course.

Light refreshments and all materials will be provided for the duration of the session.

The Drawing Gym Archives – Walk-Talk by Michele Gauler

The Drawing Gym Archives – Diagram by Justin Nicholls

The Drawing Gym Archives – Trip by Ricardo Abreu

Booking information

Adult: £120
Student: £108
Members*: £96

Adult early bird: £108
Student early bird: £97

The price includes all three sessions.
Suitable age range: 18+

Early bird until Friday 13 October.

*Please note that this benefit only applies to the cardholding Member’s ticket and not those of additional guests.

Capacity is limited, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Visit our terms & conditions page for further information.


Trevor Flynn

Flynn is the Director of Drawing At Work. Founder of the Drawing Gym, he is a visiting lecturer at the Design Museum, The Architectural Association, Bath University and the Institution of Structural Engineers in London. He has illustrated a best-selling cookbook and a book by Richard Curtis about the making of the film Notting Hill.

Peter Ayres

Ayres’ work with the Design Museum includes running creativity sessions for students and educators on our annual Design Ventura programme for young people. His ideas for development and delivery of special projects are visible in his work as co-director of Beep Studio.

Related exhibition

Designer Maker User

A free display introducing part of our collection, looking at the development of modern design through these three interconnected roles.

Background image courtesy of The Drawing Gym / Trevor Flynn.