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Life Drawing – Short and Long Poses

Line , light ,proportion, colour and composition this life drawing class covers life drawing from a multiple of perspectives Applying both Eastern and Western contemporary and traditional concepts the course aims to build confidence , broaden your thinking and give you a solid foundation in good drawing practice .

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 open to all levels but would particularly like to welcome second termers ,.intermediate levels and advanced levels. Complete beginners are welcome but may feel more comfortable in the afternoon class.

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 .
Each class will start with short poses and then go on to a longer pose
The class will be divided in to two levels with the more beginners to intermediate students following a baseline course with a more layered advice and guidance system with slide presentations , demonstrations and prescribed projects.
The more advanced students will be free to do much of their own thing with more individualised advice and guidance.

In term one students on the baseline course will start with a journey trough 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 Also if the class is open to 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 .

The remaining advanced level students will be encouraged to branch off and continue with their own independent development and experimentation . There will be a very brief influence exchange activity with each session so they can support each other and hopefully ignite further inspiration.

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 observational drawing should at the end be of a reasonably high standard and more advanced students will have embarked upon their own experimental life drawing journeys based on their own research and from that of their fellow students with influence based experimentation.
Baseliners you should be fully able to identify and portray three dimensional oriental line , and your drawings will hopefully reflect an understanding of proportion etc.

What will it be like

We will start the class with short poses and then go on to a longer pose There will be set exercises which you can follow if you want to but you wont have to if you are more advanced . You will be drawing most of the time but also there will be the following :
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 its great if you can bring a variety of coloured textured papers for experimentaion. Chinese materials I will advise in class later in the term as it is optional.

What this course could lead to

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