This is a structured course suitable for the more experienced student.
What The Course is About:
The use of line and tone in different media will be explored in a variety of ways in order for you to explore further your ability to model form and to consider the figure in relation to the surrounding space. We will look at the broader context of the practice of life drawing to include action and movement, compositional work, the arrangement of groups of figures, spatial and narrative context.
You will be encouraged to be self-directing and to develop a personal drawing language.
The course could be useful if you are already making paintings and want to include figures in your work.
Teaching is on a whole class basis with the focus on a theme for each session. One-to-one feedback is given during the class with regular informal group discussion and review of the morning’s work. We will look at the work of other artists as relevant to the theme of the session. You will be encouraged to direct your own work, creating targets and planning ways in which to achieve these.
Bring to the first class any drawing materials you possess; paper and further items can be purchased from the school shop. Basic kit should include a variety of H and B grade pencils, charcoal (willow and compressed), white chalk, some soft cloth, erasers (putty and plastic), sharpener or knife, bulldog clips or masking tape and a sketch book.
Good general drawing skills and at least two years’ previous experience of drawing the figure.
What will I achieve?
You will deepen your understanding of how to convey the character and energy of a pose, through appreciation of the importance of dynamics and gesture, and empathy with the pose. You will learn to consider the figure in relation to his/her surroundings with a view to creating narrative. You will develop compositional awareness and skills. You will further your knowledge of basic anatomy.