Anatomical life drawing studio
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VH892
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Anatomy is an often neglected but significant element to figure drawing. This course aims to give you a basic grounding in anatomical structure to enable you to use this knowledge to inform your drawings of the figure. The emphasis will be on observing how movement and rotation affect surface forms of the body, and attempting to work this knowledge into your drawing practice.
What will we cover?
• Weight & balance
• Uniquely human anatomical characteristics
• How form is dictated by underlying bony structures
• How form is dictated by underlying muscle and fat.
When we focus on each area, we will look at how each feature functions to create attitude and gesture in the figure. We will also 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...
• Identify and sketch out the major superficial structures of the body
• Better understand proportion, rotation and balance
• Examine how the superficial structures expand and contract in response to shifts in posture and activity
• Begin to produce life drawings with a more informed eye for human anatomy.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is introductory level. You are not expected to have any previous experience of studying anatomy, although experience of drawing from the life model would be useful.
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?
Demonstrations, practical work, individual tutoring and group discussion. The emphasis will be on observational drawing.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials are included.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Further life drawing and painting courses such as VM476 Drawing and Painting from life:extended study VH753 City Lit Year of the Figure and Portrait.
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 www.instagram.com/voiseydrawing
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.