Life Drawing And Painting

A life drawing course suitable for all levels, using short and long poses, experiment with various drawing and painting media while learning traditional skills. Topics covered throughout the course will include: Structure of the body, Shading and Contour Lines, Colour Theory, Mark Making Techniques, Movement and Gesture.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This course is suitable beginners through to advanced students. Beginners will learn simple techniques and build confidence in the subject area. Advanced students will have an opportunity to experiment with ideas and techniques.

What does this course cover

The model will take a mixture of short and long poses. Long poses may continue from week to week while there may also be some quicker poses for drawing if required.
Students will learn to mix colour harmonies and tonal scales from observation. They will learn how to recognise shape, planes, form and space, and will be able to apply this to working from life.

What will it be like

Group question and answer and individual demonstrations on technical matters. Students will be encouraged to take a positive attitude and take part in group discussions and criticisms.
The tutor will talk to every students while their work is progressing. A final criticism will complete the session or pose.

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

Students can enrol on other courses offered by the Mary Ward Centre, for example, Foundation or Pre-foundation.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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Got a Question about this Course?

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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.’