This course has concessions available

Life Drawing with Watercolour: Introduction

An introduction to a fluid approach to life drawing using mixed drawing media and watercolour. This is a new one day course to explore life drawing and painting in a range of media . Suitable for all levels and beginners welcome.

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 class is mixed ability and open to all students. Beginners can gain experience from a day of life drawing and more advanced students can explore a range of mediums and new approaches to life drawing.

What does this course cover

It looks at ways of drawing the model with short poses using a variety of media to encourage freeing up and de-inhibition. There is initially a focus on drawing then watercolour is introduced both on its own and in combination with drawing materials. We will look at the fluid and dynamic watercolour approach of Auguste Rodin.

In the morning there will timed short poses in a mixture of media: pencil, crayon, ink wash, charcoal and candle wax on cartridge paper. The tutor will guide you through a variety of exercises combing these materials which will include drawing with a pipette and work with brushes and ink wash.

In the afternoon watercolour will be introduced and we will look ways of using it in a loose and fluid way with reference to the watercolours of Auguste Rodin.

There will be group discussion and feedback.

What will it be like

Tutor will assess progress through one to one interaction, quality of work and group discussion.

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

Cartridge paper for drawing is provided. Watercolour paper is available to purchase. Bring what watercolours you have plus pencils and brushes including a big wash brush - i.e. a soft brush at least 1' wide. The other drawing materials and some watercolours are provided.

What this course could lead to

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