This course has concessions available

LIFE DRAWING – Short and Long Poses – summer school

A mixed level life drawing course using short and long poses, focusing on line, light, colour and composition. Explore the numerous differing influences from ancient far eastern to western mainstream, with a backdrop of Eastern Taoist philosophies and the use of the Chinese brush. It is open to all levels, beginners to advanced.

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Who is this course for

This course is open to all levels

What does this course cover

With a backdrop of Eastern Taoist philosophies the aim of this course is to provide the participant with numerous approaches and perspectives to good solid drawing practice. While embracing current contemporary thinking it also examines in great detail the traditional methods such as perspective, proportion , anatomy as well So the learning will be layered and linked with both ancient and modern thought.
In term one we will start with a journey through line and tone and get to grips with understanding proportion both intuitive and measured . In term two we will explore anatomy and then go on to examine the role of the drawing surface and delve in to how media can converse with it . We will then embark upon an exploration of colour through pastel, journeying from the earth palette to saturated colour.
In the third term we will take a more profound look at media experimentation but this will be more linked to students readiness for it and their own individual experimentation based on the two previous terms. Also if the class is ready for this we may explore figures in movement with a trip to a dance school but this will depend very much on the global climate for such activities .
By the end of the course you should be able to:
You should have a deeper understanding of life drawing having examined and practiced it from a multiple of perspectives and angles Your basic observational drawing should at the end be of a reasonably high standard and you will be able and ready to embark upon your own personal lines of development with life drawing based on research from your fellow students and influence based experimentation.
You should be fully able to identify and portray three dimensional oriental line , and your drawings will hopefully reflect an understanding of proportion etc.
PLEASE NOTE you will be drawing most of the time. The themed course will also be optional and only there if you feel it suits your needs and level. If the structured content douse not suit your direction or your feel happier just simply drawing with your own influences; this is absolutely fine.

What will it be like

The class will start with the model posing short poses and there will exercises relating to each pose which you can follow if you wish There will then later be a longer pose giving the opportunity for a more in depth drawing
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

Charcoal, masking tape, rubbers, rowney black square pastel from Cornellisens Gt.Russell st.deep earth red unison pastel no 11, paper will be on sale in class but bring some if possible. Chinese materials I will advise in class later in the term as it is optional.

What this course could lead to

Continuation of this course but learning based more on your own personal lines of research and development with tutor support and influences from fellow students
Other art courses at the centre for instance sculpture or print making, can feed in to your learning of this subject, which you can then translate to a later return to this course.
Self employment as an art practitioner.
Teaching assistant.
Foundation courses BA courses
Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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