Life drawing for beginners

Course Dates: 18/09/22 - 02/10/22
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
An introduction to the basic skills required for life drawing: how to see and interpret the proportions, line, tone and volume of the human form. Suitable for beginners.
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Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00

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Finished Sun, day, 18 Sep - 02 Oct '22

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course introduces ways of looking at the structure of the human figure from direct observation of the unclothed model. You will learn about proportion, scale and methods of measurement in figure drawing. We will also look at how to develop improved use of line and tone and to build confidence in handling drawing materials in relation to life drawing. The course aims to help you gain skills, become familiar with the approach of selected artists, and explore a creative response to the figure.

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. We will cover: modelling of form; dealing with ¿proportion and scale; issues of the figure in space - perspective and foreshortening; weight in relation to posture. ¿You will work from both short and longer poses.

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

Demonstrate an ability to draw 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
Represent the figure effectively in time (light and dark)
Make use of an expanded knowledge of drawing materials and techniques
Appreciate 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 with no previous drawing experience who would like to start drawing from the figure

¿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.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.

To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation.

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

Life drawing and painting studio
You may wish to continue to study life drawing on one of our many life and portrait courses.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.