Introduction to life drawing

Course Dates: 22/01/20 - 11/03/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Clare Barton-Harvey

An introduction to the basic skills required for life drawing: how to see and interpret the proportions, anatomy, line, tone and volume of the human form. You will explore a range of strategies to draw from direct observation of the life model including short and long poses.


What is the course about?

This course introduces ways of looking at the structure of the human figure. 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. 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?

During the course we will explore a variety of ways to stimulate a fresh response to painting from observation. There will be a series of guided painting exercises exploring: the role of body awareness, sensitivity to materials, quality and clarity perception, spontaneity, empathy, meaning and the imagination. We will work with a broad range of approaches and a variety of subject matter, which will serve as inspiration for expressing rhythm, texture, weight, tone and line directly and freely through painting. One-to-one guidance is available throughout the course.

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

• Identify and employ a range of methods for practicing mindfulness in painting
• Engage in painting from observation with greater spontaneity and confidence
• Demonstrate an ability to mix and apply colour
• Employ a toolkit of methods and approaches to stimulate, sustain or refresh your painting.

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

vThe course is suitable for enthusiastic beginners as well as experienced students who wish to re-fresh their practice or stimulate new ways of working.

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?

Through guided mindfulness practices and practical painting tasks. One-to-one guidance is offered throughout the course. There will be opportunities for group discussion and sharing of individual painting experiences.

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

vThe course fee includes all basic painting materials. Students are welcome to bring additional painting materials and specialist papers if they wish.
You may wish to buy a sketch book and painting materials to practice tasks outside of the class. There is a suggested booklist but it is not essential to buy these for the course. The library keeps a comprehensive stock of art books and membership is free to enrolled students.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

vDrawing and the Art of Mindfulness, Painting and the Creative Imagination, Painting 1 and 2, and any other drawing or painting course could be suitable to help you develop further.

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.

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


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I found this course an excellent introduction to life drawing, covering a good range of techniques and materials. A thoughtful and engaging tutor who adapts her teaching to individuals needs.
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Review by Clare / (Posted on 05/08/2019)
Great course, lovely to get an after-work opportunity to do some art. This was my first CityLit course but I’m definitely researching my next!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/07/2019)
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Course Code: VM133

Wed, eve, 22 Jan - 11 Mar '20

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £299.00
Concession: £182.00

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