Drawing and Painting the Human Figure (Summer Term 2019)

Ref: C3843114

This course provides opportunities to explore a range of approaches and techniques in drawing the human figure , using a variety of drawing and painting materials - texture ,colour , brushstrokes. Build boost self confidence. Develop observational skills and creative process.

Course aim

To enable those with little or no experience of drawing the human figure to learn and practice the fundamental skills involved. To provide an opportunity for those with experience to renew and practice their skills, and to explore new approaches.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of good proportions.
  • Tackle realistic figure drawing from direct observation.
  • Identify and apply principles of shading.
  • Create own palette of skin tones.
  • Begin to evaluate their own work and that of others.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring your own drawing / painting materials , paper for warm ups and an A3 cartridge pad or equivalent for longer poses. A stand easel and board are essential as there are no tables. If using oils please use odourless materials.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • If possible familiarise yourself with some of the many different ways of drawing the human figure, eg galleries , I.T. ,BOOKS.

What can I do next?

  • For the serious artist ,' Life Drawing ' is for ' life ' , it is also the most useful regular practice you can have whatever kind of visual art you make , since it truly teaches you to observe the world around us.

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Drawing and Painting the Human Figure (Summer Term 2019)


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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