Join in our HATCH workshops with established artists to learn new skills, creative techniques, and make your own art.

To draw we need to learn how to ‘see’, to do this we need to understand the five perceptual skills of drawing” - Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

A drawing course to explore key principles and techniques to increase your confidence, in drawing. This course encourages experimenting and practice of key approaches to help people develop and apply drawing techniques.

Week 1 - Learning how to look, as an artist does - discovering Line and Edges

Week 2 - Positive Shape / Negative Space / Shared boundaries

Week 3 - Perspective / Measuring / Proportion / Relationships

Week 4 - Light and Shadows Learning to see and distinguish different light and shadow values. .

Week 5 - The Gestalt or the Whole - Bringing it together

Cost: £60 for 5 weeks

Age Guidance: 16+

Please note: Participants should purchase the following:

  • A3 cartridge paper/pad (90-100gsm)
  • Drawing pencils to include, 2B, 4B, 6B

(none of this need to be expensive brands, cost effective ones are fine)


  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 12:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 12:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 12:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 12:30pm - 2:30pm

The Hat Factory

The Hat Factory is Luton's leading arts and entertainment venue featuring live music, club nights, theatre, dance, films, children's activities, workshops, classes and gallery exhibitions.

It's a centre of artistic excellence set within a vibrant urban environment. It offers the young and the young at heart the chance to engage with the arts, to be inspired by the UK’s leading arts practitioners, and to develop artistic skills and confidence.

The Hat Factory is a combined arts venue in the centre of Luton. It opened in 2003 and since then has been the area’s main provider of contemporary theatre, dance and music. We work with both emerging and proven producers and artists, through programming, engagement programmes and our Associate Artist scheme. Their music programming is vibrant, offering an eclectic portfolio of high quality artists from the worlds of jazz, blues, folk, world music, indie and hip hop. Complementing their own programming, they welcome local/regional promoters to the venue, broadening their music offer and at the same time supporting young promoters and their businesses. They programme contemporary theatre and dance with a focus on fresh, new and relevant stories from both established and emerging touring companies who are making high quality work in the UK. They’ve programmed companies like Earthfall, Chickenshed, New International Encounter (NIE), Trestle, Menagerie, Eastern Angles, Atma, State of Emergency, 30 Bird, Tavaziva, Analogue and Jean Abreu Dance to name but a few.

Venue Hire

The Hat Factory has flexible spaces of various sizes to suit every need. See Venue Hire for more information.


To become part of The Hat Factory's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at