Life Drawing - All Levels

Working from the life model you will explore a range of materials and approaches. You will be introduced to different ways of using line, tone and colour to make various drawings and paintings to help understand form and space.

You will learn strategies to help you draw the figure more accurately from observation and/or expressively using a variety of drawing materials.

Course Content

Course aims:

You will learn a range of beginners to advanced drawing techniques to use in life drawing, including line drawing, tonal studies, perspective and looking at anatomy.
You will get to know different historical, global and contemporary approaches to figure drawing.
You will become familiar with the construct of a traditional life drawing studio and gain confidence in this environment.
You will learn how to use a range of materials to draw the figures from charcoal, to pencils and ink.

If you are a returning learner you will:

Have access to continuing drawing practice with a model and in a formal life class.
Be able to organise your own approach to life drawing practice if preferred

This drawing course is shaped by a focus on drawing the figure. It aims to advance drawing skills through a range of challenging tasks, which usually begin with essential ways to get started in plotting your figure on the paper and advance through looking and a range of tactical and material challenges that lodge themselves between objective recording and more expressive drawing approaches. All sessions are usually grounded with contextual reference.

The course will cover a range of observational and recording tasks that for example, might include: scale - getting the student to be able to fit their figure effectively on the paper, using basic measuring tactics; Proportion using negative space; Design - working with composition and framing. The course will also target more expressive objectives that focus on Quality of Line, Mark-making and Colour, and Working with other Experimental Directives.

In addition, from time to time the SATURDAY course will also put a focus on making contextual reference to specific works in museums, which might take the students into close contact with drawing from art works in museums.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

This is a mixed ability class and beginners as well as more advanced learners are welcome. Your tutor will assess your existing knowledge at the first class.

First Class Requirements

Pencil and/or charcoal, sketchbook, rubber. Old clothes/apron to protect clothing. You are expected to provide your own art materials. Paper is available to purchase from the college. At the start of the course the tutor will give advice and issue a more detailed materials list.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance will ensure that you gain maximum benefit from the course.

Assessment Methods

You will learn through practical hands on experience, exchanging ideas and experience with others, keeping a sketchbook , looking at the work of artists who inspire you , personal and group critiques , tutor demonstrations and formal tuition Individual and group tuition

Further Study Options

You may progress to accredited courses at the college or to the portraiture class.

Additional Information

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

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