Jeanette Barnes

We Explore Drawing

East, East Anglia, East Midlands, International, London/Home counties, North East, North West, Northern Ireland, Online/Virtual, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands
Specialising in
Architecture, Drawing
Educational phases
Adult, FE, HE, Middle, Primary, Secondary
Jeanette Barnes RCA is an award winning artist and educator. Her studio practice is centred around large drawings of the urban environment and printmaking exploring movement. Based in London, she trained at the Royal Academy Schools and the Royal College of Art.

Jeanette and her artist husband Paul Brandford founded We Explore Drawing, delivering practical workshops in schools and colleges around the country. For many years they taught for the Royal Academy of Arts Learning Department, they have also conducted workshops for teachers at the NSEAD and other institutions. Jeanette is currently a senior tutor at the Royal Drawing School.

The values that are key to their own drawing practice are communicated via their teaching. An inventive visual language, use of observation and imagination and the courage to trust one’s own instinctive decision making. Students are encouraged to create outcomes individual to themselves rather than follow formulas.

Workshop themes include Urban Drawing, Drawing and Architecture, Drawing Into Painting, Portraiture and Life Drawing among other subjects. Many are available to students aged 8-18, a full list of workshops can be found here

Jeanette’s work can be found here

Paul’s work can be found here

We are happy to travel countrywide from London by train where feasible, alternatively we run online versions of some workshops for schools via distance learning. Their recent book City Sketching Reimagined recently commissioned by Batsford books, is based upon Jeanette’s experience of drawing on location in London and worldwide, it brings together ideas, experiences and exercises to pass on her enthusiasm for the subject.


We were blown away by how much our students progressed. loosened-up and the quality of work they created at Jeanette's direction. The work is going to form the foundation of our new GCSE project - we were so impressed by the sophistication of the work generated during the session.

 - Sas Mackie - Art teacher, Channing School

Contact details

Phone: 07880664423
Best contact times: Evenings after 6pm by phone, anytime by email