Introduction to life drawing

Course Dates: 23/06/20 - 21/07/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Develop your confidence and practical skills in drawing the figure from observation. Study a variety of formal and expressive drawing approaches to increase your skills in rendering the proportions and structure of the human figure.


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?

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. There will also be time for students to follow areas of interest emerging from the structured course input with 1-1 guidance and support from the tutor. 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
- Look at, and take inspiration from, the work and practice of a variety of artists.

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.

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.

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
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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:
VH462 ' Life drawing', VH461 'Life drawing', VH757 'Life drawing: develop experimental approaches' or VH463 ' Life drawing'.


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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)
Tutor Biographies
Clare Barton-Harvey

Clare Barton-Harvey is a full time artist and tutor/trainer living in London. In her teaching, she specialises in life drawing, drawing and mindfulness, working with colour, and painting from the imagination. She is an engaging and inspired tutor responsive to individual need and encouraging of individual growth/expression. In 2003, she studied at the Royal Drawing School, where she engaged in life drawing and the study of contemporary and historic artist’s drawings as part of the Drawing Year. In 2017 she engaged in post-graduate study with Bob and Roberta Smith (RA) and has exhibited solo and in a variety of group shows throughout the UK. You can see her work at Clare has been a practicing artist & mindfulness practitioner for over 25 years, and has taught drawing and painting for over 18 years, in a variety of locations currently including the National Gallery, British Museum, British Library, Pallant House and Hampton Court Palace. She is also co-founder of LIMINA collective ( who specialise in mindful engagement with art in galleries and museums.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VH852

Tue, eve, 23 Jun - 21 Jul '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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