Life drawing and mindfulness
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VH852
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Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
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What is the course about?
Working with a variety of models, you will be shown how to draw volume using light and shadow, and ways to measure proportion. You will be investigating drawing with pencil and charcoal: traditional materials for life drawing.
Drawing from standing, sitting and reclining poses you will begin to practise the basic skills needed to represent the body.
What will we cover?
Through observation of the life model you will focus on studying proportion of the body and the use of tone and line using different approaches. You will look at the different properties of charcoal and pencil and experience how your drawings can change dependant on the materials used.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Start to draw from life with an effective use of the materials
- Explore tone or proportion to represent the human forms effectively
- Extend your skill in drawing by direct observation of the nude figure
- Gain confidence to progress to further drawing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
It would be helpful, but not essential, if you have already done some basic drawing of simple objects either on a course, or in your own time. This is an introduction to working directly from life, from the nude figure.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Practical work in the studio, with an introduction to each session, and some demonstration by the tutor. Individual tutoring with regular feedback and some brief discussion in the group. Work outside the class is optional.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials are included.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Your tutor will discuss progression to further courses, there are many life drawing and painting courses available
For example: Life Drawing All Levels, Anatomical Life and Portrait Studio etc.
Clare Barton-Harvey is a full time artist and tutor/trainer living in London. In her teaching, she specialises in life drawing, drawing and mindfulness, working with colour, and painting from the imagination. She is an engaging and inspired tutor responsive to individual need and encouraging of individual growth/expression. In 2003, she studied at the Royal Drawing School, where she engaged in life drawing and the study of contemporary and historic artist’s drawings as part of the Drawing Year. In 2017 she engaged in post-graduate study with Bob and Roberta Smith (RA) and has exhibited solo and in a variety of group shows throughout the UK. You can see her work at www.cbarton-harvey.co.uk. Clare has been a practicing artist & mindfulness practitioner for over 25 years, and has taught drawing and painting for over 18 years, in a variety of locations currently including the National Gallery, British Museum, British Library, Pallant House and Hampton Court Palace. She is also co-founder of LIMINA collective (www.liminacollective.com) who specialise in mindful engagement with art in galleries and museums.
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.