Digital Art for Beginners with Procreate WEA Sydney

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Procreate is a powerful and super-intuitive digital illustration app where you can sketch, paint and create artworks on an iPad. This course provides you with the essential skills to start creating your own digital artwork on your iPad in combination with your Apple Pencil. Creating in Procreate is fun and spontaneous and offers a very different experience to other digital art programmes - using gestures controls.

Please be advised that students will need to bring their own iPad (including charger) and Apple Pencil that they know how to use as well as purchasing and downloading the Procreate app (the cost of Procreate is not included in the course fee).

  • You can use Apple Pencil (1st generation) with these iPad models: iPad mini (5th generation); iPad (6th generation and later); iPad Air (3rd generation); iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st and 2nd generation); iPad Pro 10.5-inch; iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • You can use Apple Pencil (2nd generation) with these iPad models: iPad mini (6th generation); iPad Air (4th generation and later); iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later); iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)

If you are uncertain of what model your Apple Pencil / iPad is, please check the user manual that came with your device, or contact your nearest Apple store.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Basic interface & getting started - Outline of why Procreate is such a popular and powerful tool in the design industry; Introduction to the key Interface tools and preferences; Creating a new Canvas + Resolution and Colour Profiles; How to then resize if necessary; Understanding how size and dpi affect the number of layers available; Using an existing file or illustration from photographs as a starting point; Brush Basics and brush sensitivity; Quick Shapes
  • Starting to create a drawing - Introducing some shortcut gestures; Drawing Guide and Symmetry; Layers and Blend Modes; Selection Tools and editing selections; File Formats and saving your work and ways of sharing.
  • Colour - Introduction to the Colour palettes and the ways you can create your own palette the colour panel or from a photograph; Different ways to recolour artwork via the colour panel; Creating a gesture shortcut; Adding colour interest through Transparency; Adjusting colour with the Magic Wand
  • Editing existing artwork and applying special effects - Masking to create clean edges via clipping masks and layers; Applying different effects to your artwork via the magic wand and selection cursor; Understand different ways to be creative with the tools; Saving work in a format for printing


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

  1. Create artwork using the Procreate app, employing a wide range of drawing and editing skills
  2. Use the creation and selection tools
  3. Use brushes and also be able to apply effects to their artwork
  4. Understand the difference between raster and vectorised art
  5. Know how to colour their artwork - making and using their own colour palettes and also creating them directly from photographs and how to recolour existing work
  6. Understand file formats for saving and sharing their work

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