Life drawing in depth

Course Dates: 10/06/20 - 15/07/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Anne Teahan

A comprehensive course to build skills, vision and flair in drawing the human form. Use traditional and experimental approaches and a range of media, including charcoal and pastel.


What is the course about?

This course offers a structured, practical and comprehensive approach to life drawing. Working from a range of models, you will learn how to see and analyse the body in depth using experimental and traditional approaches. Every aspect of drawing will be underpinned by artists ranging from Oscar Schlemmer to Degas, to Jenny Saville.

Materials used will include pencil, charcoal and pastel.

What will we cover?

- Drawing the body using line
- Identifying and rendering the shapes and structure of the body.
- Drawing volume using a range of tones
- Identifying and rendering the planes and surfaces of the body
- Drawing from short dynamic poses.
- Developing sustained, longer life drawings.

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

- Draw the body accurately in line.
- Draw the body using tonal contrast.
- Draw with speed & energy by responding to short poses.
- Produce a sustained, developed life drawing from a single pose.
- Identify the work and practice of a variety of artists and apply to your drawing.

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

Some drawing experience would be helpful (e.g. on the courses 'Drawing 1' or 'Introduction to Life Drawing').
This may be your first lifeclass, or you may want to refresh and consolidate existing skills.

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?

Short talks and slide talks, practical work, one-to-one tutoring, handouts, group discussion and demonstration.

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

All drawing materials are provided. Please wear old clothes.

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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

You may wish to progress to a life painting class or to attend further classes in life drawing. Life drawings form an important part of a portfolio for access to foundation and degree courses.
There are a number of different working from life courses in the programme in the next academic year which you may wish to progress to, for example, VH811 Introduction to experimental life drawing with mixed media, VH854 Anatomical life and portrait drawing studio, VM536 Watercolour: life painting themes and ideas, VH883 Life drawing and painting studio, VM483 Life painting, VM485 Expressionist life painting, VM487 Drawing and painting from life: extended study or VM915 Structured life painting: beginners and intermediate.


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Over the course of the term I was able to develop valuable life drawing skills. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt inspired and much more confident in my practice.
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Review by Eleanor / (Posted on 09/04/2018)
I have attended several of these classes and enjoyed each one, also looking forward to the next. I have learned a lot in the Life Drawing classes i.e. shadowing, depth, foreshortening.

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Review by Jean Watts / (Posted on 08/04/2018)
This course that I was on last year advanced my drawing skills immeasurably,well structured, with great input from the tutor and lots of research topics to read up on
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Review by Gerardo / (Posted on 06/04/2018)
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Course Code: VH463

Wed, day, 10 Jun - 15 Jul '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £279.00
Concession: £213.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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