Life drawing: an extended study

Course Dates: 15/05/24 - 03/07/24
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
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.
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Life drawing: an extended study
  • Course Code: VH463
  • Dates: 15/05/24 - 03/07/24
  • Time: 18:30 - 21:00
  • Taught: Wed, Evening
  • Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Mario Lautier Vella

Course Code: VH463

Wed, eve, 15 May - 03 Jul '24

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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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 references.

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
- 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.
- 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').
Suitable for those wanting to refresh and consolidate existing skills.

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, group discussion and demonstration.

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

All drawing materials are provided.

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 life courses in the programme in the next academic year which you may wish to progress to, for example, life drawing: experiemental appraoches, Anatomical life and portrait drawing, life drawing into life painting.

Mario Lautier Vella Tutor Website

Mario Lautier Vella is a cross-disciplinary, award-winning artist who began his art career at City Lit. After completing a number of short courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textiles, Mario went on to do the two-year City Lit Fine Art course before going back to university to gain his Masters degree. Mario regularly exhibits in the UK and abroad and his work can be found in private collections around the world. Mario has enjoyed teaching at City Lit since 2011. For more info go to

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.