Anatomical life drawing

Course Dates: 30/03/25 - 13/04/25
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the unclothed model you will examine the fundamental anatomical structures that underlie the human figure. For those with some drawing experience.
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Anatomical life drawing
  • Course Code: VH778
  • Dates: 30/03/25 - 13/04/25
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Sun, Daytime
  • Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Andrea Voisey

Course Code: VH778

Sun, day, 30 Mar - 13 Apr '25

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

To 'anatomize' is 'to take something apart'. This course aims to give you a basic grounding in how anatomical structures affect surface forms of the body and how to work this knowledge into your drawing practice.

This course focuses on drawing the figure as a whole.

The unifying theme will be to understand how superficial anatomical structures (i.e. bone and muscle) influence form, rotation, proportion and likeness. Emphasis will be on working from observation.

What will we cover?

- Proportion
- Rotation
- Weight & balance
- Uniquely human anatomical characteristics
- How form is dictated by underlying bony structures
- How form is dictated by underlying muscle and fat
- Musculature in terms of its role in gesture and motion
- Investigate what makes a figure appear masculine or feminine or young or old.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Differentiate between artistic and medical anatomy
- Better understand and make use of proportion, rotation and balance
- Understand and make use of how the superficial structures expand and contract depending on their position and force exerted upon them
- Understand and respond to what is going on beneath the surface of the skin to inform the way you approach drawing form
- Produce life drawings with a more informed eye for human anatomy.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Experience of drawing from the life model would be extremely useful, although you are not expected to have any previous experience of studying anatomy.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions and also be able to take short written notes to support demonstrations and hand-outs. You will be invited to take part in group discussions, mainly in the form of “show and tell”.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Talks, practical work, demonstrations, individual tutoring and group discussion. You will be encouraged to visit medical collections to draw from their specimens. The emphasis will be on observational drawing.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All basic materials are provided.
An A4 (or similar) sketchbook would be useful if you wish to take written or visual notes during demonstrations.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Further life drawing and painting courses as advised by your tutor possibilities include;

Expressionist life painting weekend, Experimental life drawing, Contemporary approaches to life and portrait drawing

and looking further ahead VH753 City Lit Year of the Figure and Portrait.

Andrea Voisey Tutor Website

Andrea studied Drawing at Camberwell College and textiles at Morley College, where she also did her teacher training. She has a passion for the macabre and much of her recent practice has focused on drawing animal skulls and skeletons. She has a particular interest in comparative anatomy which led her to devise the Anatomical Life and Portrait Drawing courses at City Lit. Observational drawing is at the core of her practice and she uses it as a means of recording the world around her, be it the clutter of the studio, a music gig or a specimen in a museum. Andrea has an energetic approach to teaching. She is highly communicative and strives to create a positive group dynamic whilst being sensitive to the needs of individual students. This has been enriched by her extensive experience as a life model which she has used as a unique opportunity to observe first-hand the teaching methods and creative processes of many artists and has applied this knowledge to develop her own distinctive teaching style. Examples of her work can be found at

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