Life drawing: an experimental approach
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VH758
Available start dates
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
Introducing a variety of methods for inspiring an innovative and exploratory approach to life drawing. Discover the value of both analytical and experimental approaches and the relationship between them in the drawing process. Learn to explore the role of spontaneity, perception and empathy in creating drawings that express 'aliveness' and a sense of meaning. This course is ideal as a companion to more formal drawing courses and is suitable for enthusiastic beginners as well as those with experience in drawing who wish to refresh their practice or stimulate new ways of working.
What will we cover?
During the course we will begin to explore a variety of ways to stimulate a fresh and innovative response to drawing the figure. There will be guided exercises exploring economy of line, expressive mark-making and the role of imagination. You will be introduced to a range of drawing media and techniques to inspire new directions or support confidence in starting drawing. We will explore a range of artists’ work, as references to the specific exercises taught and for inspiration.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Employ a toolkit of methods and approaches to figure drawing to help you get started or sustain and refresh your drawing
- Gain confidence in identifying the value of both experimental/playful and analytical approaches to drawing
- Demonstrate an ability to employ a range of drawing media.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for enthusiastic beginners as well as experienced draughtspersons who wish to refresh their practice or stimulate new ways of working.
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?
Through practical drawing tasks with a life model. The class will include ‘warm-up’ drawing exercises, including techniques to focus the mind and enhance concentration. There will be opportunity for group discussion and sharing of individual drawing experiences for those who would like it.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
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 to practice drawing tasks outside of the class. There is a suggested booklist but it is not essential to buy these for the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VH811 Life drawing: Introduction to experimental approaches with mixed media
VH757 Life drawing: develop experimental approaches.
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 www.cbarton-harvey.co.uk. 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 (www.liminacollective.com) 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.