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Life Drawing Techniques  

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  • TutorPaul Bartlett
  • Price-
  • Age18+
  • LevelImprovers/Advanced

Wed 18 Apr, 1.30pm – 3.30pm | 12 wk Term £117 (£106) | Beginner Level | Age 18+

Working directly from a life model, be guided through set exercises and experiments to explore the different techniques that may be used to interpret the human form.

Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for adults and young people aged 18+ years. It is open students of all levels. There is an expectation that most students will have some previous experience of drawing, even if they are beginners at life drawing. However this course may also be taken as an introduction to basic drawing techniques with reference to the life model. Returners are welcome to refresh their skills or to work on independent projects with tutor feedback.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as the room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?
On this course you will refer to the unclothed professional life model as your subject. mac employs a range of male and female life models and each class consists mostly of a long pose, although some short poses are included.

This is a weekly structured course, for those wishing to follow it, consisting of group projects. The projects will teach you drawing skills including measurement, proportion, line, tone, colour and the use of art materials such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, plus paint if students wish. At the start of each class a basic technique may be demonstrated, backed up by completed examples of the tutor’s own work or that of other artists. Working on your own drawings or paintings from the life model, the tutor will provide individual attention, and guidance encouraging you to discovering your own particular creative direction. While most of the emphasis is on individual tuition, beginners may compare notes as part of group projects.

Experienced students are welcome to work independently on their life drawing projects with the knowledge that the tutor is at hand to offer guidance and help to achieve their goals.

This course focuses on learning by art practice in an environment of respect for individual creative aspiration, combined with imparting definite knowledge.

You can expect to progress with a basic understanding of drawing and the use of a variety of art materials. You will gain an insight into how the human form can be a fascinating ongoing topic for artistic study in its own right while sharing a journey with artists over many centuries that have found it to be a useful discipline, complementing their other arts activities.

There is a short break during this class.

Do you need to bring anything?
The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, erasers, sharpeners.

You may wish to bring some of your own materials.

Are there any additional costs?
As the course progresses students should expect to provide some of their own art materials that they bring to the class at their own expense.

Who teaches this course?
Paul Bartlett