Anatomical portrait drawing

Course Dates: 29/03/19 - 12/04/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Andrea Voisey

Enhance your portraits by uncovering what lies beneath the surface. Through demonstration and direct observation of the model you will examine proportion, rotation and the key anatomical structures of the head and neck that denote likeness.

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  • Image: Tanya Kumar

Anatomical portrait drawing

  • Image: Tanya Kumar

What is the course about?

To anatomize is to take something apart. On this course we will:
- Investigate what structures make up the face, head and neck
- How these structures work in co-ordination with each other to create attitude and expression
- Incorporate this visual information into portrait drawings to create likeness.

What will we cover?

- Proportion
- Rotation of the head
- Underlying bony structures
- Musculature in terms of its role in support and expression
- Individual characteristics that denote likeness
There will be a lot of emphasis on observation.

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

- Draw a portrait from a variety of angles taking into account the basic anatomical structures of the head and neck
- Understand how to measure proportion
- Draw portraits with a more informed eye
- Some experience of drawing portraits would be useful but beginners who want to challenge themselves are also welcome.

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. Some experience of drawing figure or portraits from the life-model would be useful but beginners who want to challenge themselves are welcome.
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?

Practical work in the studio, with some demonstration by the tutor. Individual tutoring with regular feedback and some brief discussion in the group.

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?

Your tutor will discuss progression to further courses, such as life-drawing or painting, or other drawing or visual art options, during the final session. E.g. VH892 Anatomical Life Drawing.

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Book your place

Course Code: VH364

Fri, day, 29 Mar - 12 Apr '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £183.00
Concession: £140.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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