This course has concessions available

Life Drawing And Painting – Evening

Traditional skills and experimental approaches to working from the life model. Suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience. Each week will explore different themes to give participants a comprehensive set of strategies for working from the model.

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Who is this course for

This course aims to unite beginners and advanced students within a shared platform of discovery. Beginners will be given direct, simple techniques into figurative drawing. For advanced students, the class is a laboratory for experimentation and personal challenge. Mistakes are welcomed and expected.

What does this course cover

Each week will explore different themes to give participants a comprehensive set of strategies for working from the model. The core belief of the class is to develop a rigorous observational ability combined with individual expression- the emphasis is on students developing their own visual language rather than adhering to any particular style.
Topics covered throughout the course will include: Structure of the body, Shading and Contour Lines, Colour Theory, Mark Making Techniques, Portraiture, Movement and Gesture.

By the end of the course you will have:
An ability to use geometric shapes as an aid to constructing the figure.
An understanding of edge contour (the outline of the figure) and surface contour (lines that suggest the path across the figure).

A greater understanding of colour, including concepts such as tone, harmony and contrast.

An ability to create a portrait utilising the structure of the skull, with an idea of how each feature- eyes, nose, and mouth- relate to each other to create a face.

A relationship with working quickly and expressively- using lines, shapes and movement that define the essence of a pose.

Developed a repertoire of useful techniques such as continuous line, weak hand drawing and negative space.

An understanding of composition and how to design the flow of a picture.

What will it be like

First Hour: Short Poses (2-10 minutes), involving exercises based around a set theme.

Second Hour: Longer Poses (15-30 minutes) allowing participants to evolve ideas from first hour.

Third Hour: Final Pose (45mins-1hr) A longer period to enable participants an opportunity to explore their own direction through drawing and painting.

Sometimes long poses will span a whole or more than one session.

Drawing skills are emphasised, however each 3 hour class will give latitude for artists wishing to work in other wet or dry materials should they wish to.

Progress is assessed informally via verbal feedback during your sessions.

You will also be assessed at the end of the course in terms of your personal journey from the start of the course. The tutor will give you verbal feedback about your progress. There will be a whole class reviews plus individual reviews.

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students should invest in willow charcoal sticks and graphite pencils.
Sketchbooks are advised for smaller, quicker works.
A small journal is required for self evaluation.
Any other drawing or painting materials are individual choice.

Regular, daily sketchbook work will greatly improve any student's aptitude and is highly recommended.

What this course could lead to

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’