What is the course about?
Working with a variety of life models, you will develop the skills and techniques of life drawing. Your tutor will work one to one with you to help you progress related to your own experience and ability.
You will draw in various materials including charcoal and pencil, making drawings from standing, sitting and reclining poses for varying lengths of time.
What will we cover?
- Each week you will look at the proportions of the body and the use of tone and line in representing the life models.
- Your tutor will give you drawing exercises designed to improve your observational and in particular figure and portrait drawing skills.
- We will look at the historical context of life drawing and look at examples of successful figure drawing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use a range of drawing materials and techniques in the context of life drawing
- Representing a range of tone (light and dark) in the human form
- Gain confidence to progress to further drawing classes
- Explore 'foreshortening' techniques
- Improve accuracy drawing body proportions
- Build increased confidence in observational drawing generally.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some previous experience of drawing or ideally, life drawing is required. This is an intermediate level class where you will be working directly from the life model. It is the natural follow -on from the VH905 Life drawing after work : part 1, however, you can join this class if you have already done any introductory life drawing before.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Practical work in the studio, with an introduction to each session, and demonstration by the tutor. Individual tutoring with regular feedback and some discussion in the group. Work outside the class is optional.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All drawing materials will be provided. Please wear old clothes or overall in the studio.
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?
VH757 Life drawing: develop experimental approaches, which occurs in term three.