What is the course about?
This course allows you to explore at your own pace, drawing and painting the nude figure from life. An experienced tutor is on hand to facilitate the pose and art materials, show images to inspire, discuss options with the students and help with ideas and techniques if desired. Each student can work independently, however the tutor will also give mini lessons which you can opt in our out of, exploring the essential things one needs to know when drawing and painting the figure from observation, including colour-mixing, understanding tone, proportion and measurement as well as looking at general studio practice.
What will we cover?
• Drawing and painting from observation of the life model
• Using oil paint
• Using acrylic paint
• Colour mixing
• Working with tone, (i.e. light and dark)
• Proportion and measurement
• Developing personal life and portrait projects.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Be more confident in working independently on a life drawing or painting
• Be conversant with a number of strategies when starting a drawing or painting of the nude figure from observation
• Be clearer as to what your personal goals are in working with the figure
• Be familiar with a range of contemporary and historical artist’s images involving the nude figure.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is designed for intermediate to advanced students in drawing and painting, but not necessarily in life painting.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course involves opt in or out practical demonstrations, slide talks, individual guidance and group dialogue.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
We will be working on primed paper, but if students prefer they can bring in their own canvas boards or canvasses.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The course continues in the same slot on Saturdays for three terms so it is possible to continue from one term to the next exploring this fascinating genre. Otherwise there is a whole host of life drawing or portraits courses each term such as VH854/892 Anatomical Life and Portrait studio, VM847 Drawing and painting from life: extended study and VH753 City Lit year of the figure and portrait.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details