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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.

Image: Artist Tutor Paul Barlett

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 discover 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.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners who may be completely new to painting and drawing or anyone who would like to learn about representing the human form from a life model.

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.

Do you need to bring anything?

The painting and drawing 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.

MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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