Life Drawing On Zoom

This course provides us with an opportunity to draw from the model in a surprisingly similar manner we would normally have available to us in the real life room setting.
The model will pose mostly short poses as the tutor draws and comments along side you.
In some ways working from 2d to 2d can throw out some unexpected advantages .

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.

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 welcomes everyone of all levels but perhaps not so suitable for a complete beginner as the tutor will be less able to give you the individual attention and direct personal contact with your drawing which is afforded you in the real life room setting.

What does this course cover

This particular course is not so much a structured theme by theme course . The model will simply pose and the students will draw along with the tutor as she gives a gentle running commentary. This gives the students a shared experience with the tutor as she might share any challenges that the pose is giving off. She will also throw out suggestions regarding media or surface combinations, ideas for handling proportion difficulties and basically useful tips to help you along with your drawing.

By the end you will have experienced life drawing on zoom and learned to be considerably more receptive to working from a 2d screen or format. The more you draw in this way ; the more you learn to pick up the nuances of the pose which may have been more obvious to you in the normal life room setting. In some ways its actually easier than the studio setting in that you can transfer the reality to your drawing from surface to surface a little quicker.
You will also hopefully have improved your observational drawing techniques and learned to improvise with media you may not have yet used especially if you are short of materials.

What will it be like

You need to have all your materials ready and set up in good time before we start

You will need to have zoom on your device.
You will receive an email with a link which you simply click on and you will then have to wait a few seconds while the tutor admits you to the zoom group.
You will have to look out for the video camera sign on the bottom of your screen and click it open so we can all see you
She may mute your microphone at times but if not; can you mute your microphone while drawing and while waiting to be assessed at the end. You can unmute it when the tutor calls your name
The model will very soon after everyone has joined start to pose and at that point the model image will fill the whole screen.
The tutor will inform you of the length of the pose and you will simply draw accordingly while she offers a gentle commentary with helpful hints. You will only hear her voice at this point
The class will break midway with an informal friendly assessment while everyone holds their drawing up one by one and we can all chat and learn together.
We will then continue to the end and have a quick assessment again. It may not be possible to comment on every drawing but I will endeavour to do my best.

What else do you need to buy or do

Gather as many materials and paper as you can find If you can't go out try and be resourceful and use any recycled paper from your home. Ideally if you can have some pastel paper, charcoal and a rubber. If you can find any pastels Unison are very good. Number 11 deep brick earth red is very good as a way in to colour They also do a very good cream which oddly they call grey .Also Rowney black square pastel is very nice for the linear work. Conte is also just as good.

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 quite 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

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
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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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

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