Life drawing: an extended study

Course Dates: 16/02/23 - 06/04/23
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
This course is suitable for those with previous life drawing experience wishing to develop their life drawing and painting skills. You will be encouraged to develop a more personal response to the life model.
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Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00

Course Code: VH461

Available start dates 

Thu, eve, 16 Feb - 06 Apr '23

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course allows you to work at your own pace, drawing and painting the nude figure from life. An experienced tutor is on hand to facilitate the pose and art materials and share artist images to inspire. Each student can work independently, supported by workshops and demonstrations including colour-mixing, understanding tone, proportion and measurement and artist contexts for the figure.

What will we cover?

- Drawing and painting from observation of the life model
- Using oil paint
- Using acrylic paint
- Colour mixing
- Working with tone, (i.e. light and dark)
- Proportion and measurement
- Composition
- Developing personal life and portrait projects.

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

- Represent the figure effectively in painterly terms
- Have an expanded sense of paint handling and technique
- Begin to locate areas of personal interest and your own language and style
- Use drawing effectively to research fully resolved life paintings.

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

Suitable for people who have attended life drawing classes.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This course involves practical demonstrations, slide talks, individual guidance and group discussion.

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

All basic materiasl included. We will be working on primed paper, but if students prefer they can bring in their own canvas boards or canvas - advice will be given on the first session.


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

You may wish to continue investigating the figure with life drawing courses. Alternatively, you could develop a wider approach to painting by doing any of the various painting courses, including the fine art course. If you wish to pursue a higher education route, you could consider the portfolio preparation programme. Also VH753 City Lit year of the Figure and Portrait and VH953 Year The Figure Advanced offers an oportunity to study the figure in depth over the course of a year.

Chris Gray

Having completed his studies at Falmouth University of the Arts Chris devoted the next 10 years honing his traditional drawing and painting skills, focusing on portraiture, figure, landscape and still life painting across the mediums of charcoal, oil, pastel and intaglio printmaking. He received the prestigious De Lazlo Foundation Scholarship which enabled him to study at London Fine Art Studios (one of only two studios in London teaching the traditional craft of drawing and painting within the atelier setting) where he then after only 3 years because a senior teacher and has continued to teach. He also teaches extensively 1-2-1 and small to medium groups both in studio and online, a regular associate lecturer at the University of the Creative Arts and City literary institute. During his career so far Chris has: won multiple awards including the “One to watch” young artist of the year at the Federation of British Artists Futures show for outstanding British graduates, The John Purcell paper award and the young artist of the year at the Pastel society.

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.