Life drawing for beginners
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VM071
Available start dates
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course introduces ways of looking at the structure of the human figure from direct observation of the unclothed model. You will learn about proportion, scale and methods of measurement in figure drawing. We will also look at how to develop a sensitive and sympathetic use of line and tone in relation to describing the human form and to build confidence in handling paint in relation to life painting. The course aims to help you gain skills of critical appraisal, become familiar with the approach of selected artists, and explore a creative response to the figure, as well as imaginative use of technique.
What will we cover?
We will explore all of the above through a series of guided drawing exercises. The course will encourage an inventive
as well analytical approach to life drawing. Life painting will cover: modelling of form; dealing with
proportion and scale; issues of the figure in space - perspective and foreshortening; weight in relation to posture; and
You will experience working from both short and long poses.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate an ability to register the structure of the figure quickly and effectively
- Demonstrate an ability to create drawings using both expressive and analytical approaches
- Draw the figure with a sensitive use of line and tone
- represent the figure effectively in painterly terms
- have an expanded sense of paint handling and technique
- Look at, and take inspiration from, the work and practice of a variety of artist.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for students who have some previous drawing experience who would like to start drawing
from the life model. It is not necessary to have previous experience of life drawing or painting
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for
health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Practical work, tutor demonstrations, 1:1 guidance and discussion. You will work both individually and in groups.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials for the course are included.
Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation.
The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here- https://www.londongraphics.co.uk/student-discounts/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VH886 Life drawing and painting studio
You may wish to continue to study life drawing on one of the courses below: