Life drawing into life painting

Course Dates: 11/11/21 - 16/12/21
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn or develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. Including use of tone and colour selection, composition and paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.
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Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00

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Course Code: VH798

Started Thu, day, 11 Nov - 16 Dec '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Examining means and methods of representing the human figure. This will help you develop your understanding of human structures and form, and to build confidence in handling paint in relation to life painting. You will learn to express an imaginative and personal response to the figure.

What will we cover?

Each session will isolate aspects of life drawing and painting and the means to deal with it: modelling of form; dealing with proportion and scale; issues of the figure in space - perspective and foreshortening; weight in relation to posture; and emotional mood.

You will also develop a suitable, limited palette based on colour bias, appropriate to creating form using various tonal structures. We will consider ways of constructing and organising paint, such as coloured under painting, layering, 'scumbling' and other methods, including placement, distortion, balance and rhythm.

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
- produce a series of works that demonstrate sustained investigation.

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

This course is open to all levels of drawing experience. All painting techniques, methods of application and means of evaluation will be taught in a structured format, within which you can work at your own level. You will be expected to follow instruction and to take part in group discussions.

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

You will be taught by demonstration, practical application, one to one tuition and group discussion.

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

There are no additional costs. All materials are covered by the course fee.

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

You may wish to extend your painting experience by taking additional life painting classes. Alternatively, taking your studies into Painting 2, or higher level painting courses from varying motifs such as cityscape or abstraction which would be a natural follow on from this course. If developing your work through an assessment of pictorial need proves interesting and productive you may wish to consider one of our higher-level courses like the City Lit Fine Art Course where this aspect of making is explored in considerably more detail. Advice can be sought from your tutor as the course proceeds.

Andrea Voisey Tutor Website

Andrea studied Drawing at Camberwell College and textiles at Morley College, where she also did her teacher training. She has a passion for the macabre and much of her recent practice has focused on drawing animal skulls and skeletons. She has a particular interest in comparative anatomy which led her to devise the Anatomical Life and Portrait Drawing courses at City Lit. Observational drawing is at the core of her practice and she uses it as a means of recording the world around her, be it the clutter of the studio, a music gig or a specimen in a museum. Andrea has an energetic approach to teaching. She is highly communicative and strives to create a positive group dynamic whilst being sensitive to the needs of individual students. This has been enriched by her extensive experience as a life model which she has used as a unique opportunity to observe first-hand the teaching methods and creative processes of many artists and has applied this knowledge to develop her own distinctive teaching style. Examples of her work can be found at www.instagram.com/voiseydrawing

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.