Aviation Art Workshop – How to draw aeroplanes

23 April 2022

Get creative! Aviation Art in a unique setting – join us for our Aviation Art Workshop at the RAF Museum Cosford!

The RAF Museum Cosford has partnered up with the Guild of Aviation Artists to deliver this full-day course for keen amateurs of every level to enhance your drawing and sketching skills.

This is a hands-on course will give you the opportunity to learn more about drawing techniques, observation, shading and composition.

Who can attend?

The workshop is aimed at keen amateurs over 18 years old with a basic knowledge of perspective and composition. No experience in aviation art required. You are required to provide your own equipment, but you are free to choose your preferred medium – pencil, biro or crayons.

You don’t have to be an expert – Members of the Guild are there to support.

Course content

The course will cover a demonstration in pencil, biro and coloured crayons of an aircraft, on grey and coloured pastel paper. Samples of previous aviation artwork, many produced at RAF Cosford Museum, will also be used to show concept, viewpoint, demonstrate techniques of line and tone and use of media.

The workshop will provide useful information on how to start a sketch/drawing, choice of angles and viewpoints and how to progress to the finished illustration.

After observing the demonstration, the attendees will start to create their own drawing or sketch (maximum size of 12 x 16 inches is suggested) and apply their newly learned skills.

The tutor and other members of the Guild will support the attendees along the way and will guide the choice of medium, subject, concept, viewpoint as well as the technical aspects of drawing and sketching aircraft.

The course finishes with an evaluation and feedback session. This will allow the attendees to receive constructive feedback on the day’s work.

A lunch break will be scheduled.

The demonstration, drawing/sketching and feedback session will take place in one of our Hangars. The Museum will be open to the public from 10:00 – 17:00.

Event Timings
  • Arrival, briefing and welcome – 10:00
  • Demonstration Start – 10:30
  • Drawing/sketching in one of the Hangars – 11:30
  • Lunch – 12:30 – 13:30
  • Drawing/sketching in one of the Hangars – 13:30
  • Feedback session – 15:30
  • Event closes – 16:30

Tickets cost £45.00 per person (including parking).

Places are limited to 15 per course and tickets must be purchased in advance.

If you prefer painting with watercolour, acrylic or oil paint, why not attend the workshop ‘How to paint aeroplanes’ instead, which is being held on the same day. Find out more here.

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Suggested equipment

Attendees should bring the following equipment:

  • Folding seat/stool
  • Hand-held drawing board
  • Pencils – HB to 4B
  • Black biro – preferably a BIC
  • Coloured Pencil Crayons – (softer ones such as Caran D’ache Prismallo) or pastels or marker pens (such as Winsor and Newton Promarkers)
  • Pentel/Tippex white correction pen (or white acrylic paint)
  • White gel pen (optional)
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Coloured Pastel papers no bigger than 12 x 16inches (neutral mid greys, colours including pale and strong tints)
 Covid-19 update

The event will be run in line with the latest advice from the Government and Public Health Bodies. A number of precautions will be in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff. These measures* include but are not limited to:

  • Controlled the capacity for each event to limit the number of participants so that physical distancing can be observed
  • A Covid-19 cleaning programme throughout the site to control the likelihood of cross contamination.
  • Installation of hand sanitiser points throughout to the Museum in addition to the available hand washing facilities in toilets.
  • Closed off areas or routes which we cannot effectively control
  • Wearing face covering is mandatory for the duration of the event inside of buildings.

Find more information about the event and our measures to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 in our FAQs.

* Measures may be subject to change

More information

For further details, please read our FAQs, for any questions not answered in the FAQs, please email whatson-cosford@rafmuseum.org.


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