Students just beginning life drawing 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.
All images are students work completed on the course
“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
The Life Drawing Foundations course teaches essential foundational life drawing and perception skills inspired by the approach written about by Heather Spears in her book The Creative Eye (published 2011). The fully guided course covers topics such as;
Understanding the dynamics of the life model in space
- Exploring the visual field
- Engaging with 3-dimensional space
- Exploring the relationship between the figure and space
- Using tone to sculpt depth
Seeing the figure as a whole
- Drawing mass, volume, and weight
- Appreciating the power of line and contour
- Sensitivity and creativity of line
Movement, flow and connection
- Drawing movement and poetic flow
- Extended line
- Seeing the roots of gesture and movement
- Reframing our approach to anatomy
Avoiding common perceptive errors
- Seeing more detail – avoiding commonalities
- Seeking a personal truth through drawing
- Approaches to sidestep drawing pitfalls
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 dozens of 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.
“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