Life drawing in a day

Course Dates: 24/07/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced session that combines practical exercises with a variety of techniques. For those with some previous experience in life drawing.
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Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00

Course Code: VH025

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Sat, day, 24 Jul - 24 Jul '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Explore new approaches to life drawing through quicker responses to the nude. As our model delivers a range of short poses we will respond using drawing techniques to consider anatomy, structure, volume, tone and mark-making. We will also look at drawings by a range of artists who use shorter drawing sessions to create completed pieces, or as a springboard to develop their work further.

What will we cover?

You will be encouraged to adopt the materials and working practices of various artists, and to consider and discuss
their approach and attitude to the figure and portrait. Using this structure, the course covers basics such as proportion and measurement, composition, tone and lighting, and the development of courage, energy and personal ideas.
Materials used will include pencil, charcoal and pastel.

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

- draw more accurately from observation
- draw more expressively from observation
- make drawings of the figure and face in line and tone
- use a variety of drawing materials
- look at 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?

Some drawing experience would be helpful (e.g. on the courses 'Drawing 1' or 'Introduction to Life Drawing'). But this course is open to all levels of experience including beginners.

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 looking at artist images, 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.

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. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

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 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.
You may wish to try your hand at sculpting from life by joining one of our Life sculpture courses, such as VU791
Clay sculpture: life and portrait.

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.