This 4-day fully taught life drawing course will lay important foundations to the practice of life drawing for beginners and more experienced drawers.
Beginners will benefit from learning a host of techniques to help them draw more accurately and avoid many common drawing errors.
For more experienced drawers, the course will offer an opportunity to reconnect with new ways of thinking about creativity, perception, and what it means to create life drawings that capture the essential life-force and movement of the human form.
This is an expressive and creative life drawing course – not a traditional ‘academic-realist’ course.
The course begins with exercises to help us get to the root of creative mark-making and understanding the human figure within 3 dimensional space. Understand space as dynamic and interactive, not flat and ‘negative’ as is so often taught. We will also focus on improving hand-eye co-ordination which helps to improve our drawing accuracy.
Explore the dynamics of the human form as it interacts with 3 dimensional space using tone to push and pull the visual space within our drawings.
Learn a technique to measure the figure with both eyes open. Many artists close one eye to measure proportions by seeing the figure as a flat shape. Techniques taught this session will give students a more intuitive and dynamic approach to measuring, establishing scale, weight, and accurate proportions.
Break free from an over-reliance of using line. Learn to draw with sensitive, self-expressive and dynamic lines that seek to describe the sculptural qualities of the 3-dimensional figure. Learn how to use line discerningly – when to rely on tone to describe the figure and when to rely on line.
Learn to draw the human figure in motion capturing movement and energy. Learn to draw with longer expressive lines that capture the flow and connectedness that runs through the human form. Drawings will begin to express the elegance of the human form and move away from the habit of using stop-start/broken lines.
Our knowledge and expectations can limit what we see. This session explores ways to hep students break through sight-limiting attitudes and enable them to observe ever more information and details when drawing, helping them to create engaging drawings that move beyond the ordinary and mundane.
This session helps students understand why so many beginners tend to make exactly the same common drawing mistakes. Understanding brings awareness and exercises during this session will help students avoid these common errors and create drawings of personal integrity and honesty.
A final long pose will allow students time to practice all the drawing techniques, new approaches, and attitudes to looking at the human form they have learnt over the course.
Is this course for me?
This course is suitable for students of all abilities, from beginners to more experienced drawers. Everyone will be encouraged to stretch themselves and develop their artistic abilities and attitudes towards drawing and creativity, while being offered lots of creative support, 1:1 guidance and group critiques within a friendly, supportive and welcoming studio environment.
By the end of the course
Students will have created close to 100 drawings each, learning to observe and draw the life model ever more keenly and accurately capturing the flow and movement of the human form. Students will have created drawings of sensitivity and understanding and will leave with a toolbox of techniques, deeper understanding of the creative drawing process and inspiration to propel their practice of life drawing forward.
Help + Guidance
“Highlights have been discovering my previous errors/habits. Very worth doing for any level or experience.” Dean P
“This is a wonderful course that I felt completely immersed in for the full 4 days. I feel I’ve learned a huge amount (and unlearned lots of old habits!). The course has really helped me look/see in a different way and has completely changed how I will approach life drawing in the future.” Sheila K
“A challenging and intensive course that will change the way you see and interpret your subject. You will approach your work from so many new perspectives over the course.” Angela D
“Educational and enlightening. The highlights of the course were drawing the flow of the body and it’s parts.” John P
“Just do it! Intensive, exhausting, cathartic. Lots of new concepts to explore in a supportive environment. Non-judgemental approach. First attempts at life drawing, really enjoyed it.” Ruth C
“Be prepared to be stripped back and start from the beginning. Allow yourself to be guided. Enjoy being taken out of your comfort zone, go with the flow! It’s amazing and truly inspiring.” Sarah M