Inspired by the Masters at the National Gallery: Drawing the human form

Course Dates: 13/10/19 - 03/11/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:
Clare Barton-Harvey

Through close study of paintings at the National Gallery, we will explore ways of drawing the human form as well as a variety of approaches for developing our own drawing. Attention will be given to energy, physicality, expressiveness and notions of beauty.

Description

What is the course about?

Explore an enriching variety of paintings at the National Gallery and artists drawings both historic and contemporary, as a basis for exploring and developing your life drawing practice or starting to draw the figure. During the course we will engage looking, reflecting and drawing from paintings at the National Gallery and will practice life drawing back in the studio. Attention will be given to tone, line and composition as well as drawings expressiveness potential.

What will we cover?

During each session, we will cover a drawing theme which will inspire our days’ work. Each morning, we will meet at the National Gallery and spend time with selected paintings - looking, studying and drawing from them. In the afternoon, we will continue our exploration of the theme in the life-room drawing from the model, where we will engage in a series of life drawing exercises using a variety of drawing media.
Our themes will include use of line, tone, composition and expressive potential through the use of mixed media. We will also consider how artists portray volume, mood, harmony, energy and expressiveness in their paintings and drawings.
During the course we will look at both historic and more recent and contemporary drawings and identify the value of both analytical and experimental approaches and the relationship between them in the drawing process. This course offers a rich programme of approaches to stimulate a fresh and innovative response to drawing the figure or inspire you to start drawing.

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

v• Explore a range of artists’ works and their use of line, tone and composition to express shape, volume, mood, and feeling
• Look, reflect on and draw from paintings at the National Gallery with increased confidence
• Identify the value of both analytical and experimental approaches and the relationship between them in the drawing process
• Appraise your own work and make informed decisions as to when a drawing is finished.

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

This course is suitable for enthusiastic beginners to life drawing as well as those with experience in drawing who wish to refresh their practice or stimulate new ways of working. Life classes are suitable for students who have some previous drawing experience.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and 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?

vThrough short introductory talks, group discussion and practical drawing tasks with a life model and one-to-one guidance. The class will include ‘warm-up’ drawing exercises, including techniques to focus the mind and enhance concentration.

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

The course fee includes most materials. Students are welcome to bring additional drawing materials and specialist papers if they wish. All basic drawing media and paper are provided. You may wish to buy a sketch book and drawing materials book to practice drawing tasks outside of the class.

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?

vThe course fee includes most materials. Students are welcome to bring additional drawing materials and specialist papers if they wish. All basic drawing media and paper are provided. You may wish to buy a sketch book and drawing materials book to practice drawing tasks outside of the class.

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.

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Book your place

Course Code: VH072

Sun, day, 13 Oct - 03 Nov '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £299.00
Concession: £299.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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