Life Drawing In Lockdown Beginners – Online

With detailed guidance of specially made You tube videos which will include demonstrations and present in depth theories; this course is about turning a lockdown situation to our advantage. Its main aim is to equip you with some really solid foundations and principles of good drawing practice. The sort that you do not always have the patience for the in the studio so when you do return you will be significantly sharper in your practice. We will be drawing from photos and will end on zoom

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

Who is this course for

This course is beginners level. It is also relevant to beginners who have done a term with Caroline Qu but need in particular to review the techniques and theories covered.

What does this course cover

With the guidance of a specially made You tube film which will include demonstrations from the tutor; you will then be set a project which you will undertake at home and will then be assessed on zoom with the rest of the class.
This course is about turning a lockdown situation to our advantage. In a slightly frustrating environment where we cannot go out and access a model. I would like you to use this time to delve in to theories and techniques easily missed and glossed over as you simply want to use the time to draw from the model in the room. If you can really learn and absorb any of these techniques you will then be much better equipped to draw from the model when you return and with hopefully much more confidence and with an in- depth vision.
We will start from the beginning with how to set up your equipment in lock down and continue with a detailed journey through line, tone , proportion, negative space etc.

What will it be like

It is a practical drawing course but it will be different from the usual class as it will go in the theories in much more depth. You will be given the opportunity to draw up to five drawings per session.

The tutor will email you the source photos and they will also be made available in Moodle. If you can get them in advance so you can draw from them on your computer screen this is easier than from just printing them and the feeling is more real to our usual drawing experience.

Once you are ready you can then watch the demo and afterwards produce some drawings. It will then be followed up with a meeting on zoom and you can learn collectively from your experience and share insights as to which way made it easier.
The tutor will set an excercise in each film and there will be notes from each session on Moodle .

What else do you need to buy or do

If you are finding it hard to buy materials you can use anything you can find right down to biros and scrap paper.
Although you shouild try to buy sugar paper or half tone pastel paper in grey , charcoal, rubbers, Pastels Unison brand in the deep brick earth red no11,( or the earth red conte ), Unison white and Rowney black square pastel when you are able to.

Materials List Life Drawing
( Just see how many of the following you can find. If you are
struggling you can just use pencils, biro, scrap paper or anything you
can lay your hands on).
1. Sugar Paper, Pastel Paper, Wall Paper lining paper or any paper
you have or can find
2. Charcoal medium ,small, large
3. Putty Rubber and hard rubber
4. Conte in the deep earth red
5. Unison Pastel deep earth red no 11, Unison Pastel white or
cream, Deep Yellow Ochre, Midd Tone smoke grey if you can.
6. Masking tape to keep your paper still on the table as you work
7. Royal Langnickel Artists Pastel soft pastels charcoal. You can
get these on line or Rowney Black square pastel from
Cornellisens Great Russell street. They might do this online
8. Inks Chinese or standard ink if you want to expand upon what
we are doing and feel its too basic.
9. Reed pen if you want to expand on what you are doing or
simply want to try it out while working from the relatively easy
photograph. You can then take what you have learned back in
to the life room when we get going again.
Remember you dont have to get all of this. It is actually listed in
order of priority so if you just get the first two on the list you will be
off to a good start.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

Life drawing on Zoom in the morning on Monday with Caroline Qu

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
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