Life Drawing for All

Ref: C3677056

Students will be able to develop a variety of techniques and approaches to drawing the live human figure, through quick sketches to capture impressions, longer, more detailed drawings to develop accuracy and confidence, and other sessions where students can be more expressive. This term we will be looking particularly at tone and contrast. There will be instruction and demonstration of a range of methods and materials and examples of artists' work, both historical and contemporary will be included, to provide a context and inspiration for the above.

Course aim

This course is a supportive and creative environment in which students of all abilities can develop skills and confidence in drawing the human form, experimenting, exploring and developing skills in a range of methods and materials.

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:

  • Use a variety of drawing methods to represent the human form.
  • Use a variety of arts media with the confidence to experiment
  • Demonstrate my understanding of how to measure and compare the proportions of the human form
  • Apply my understanding of how to compose an image on a page
  • Show an awareness of historical and contemporary artists and their work, and how that might link into the life drawing classes

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?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • materials will be available to try but please bring: * Bulldog clips or masking tape * A pad of good quality cartridge paper (150 gms) - A3 suggested * range of drawing pencils eg: 4B, 2B and HB * eraser or putty rubber NB some materials, eg ink, can stain clothes

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Basic anatomy knowledge, though not essential, is useful. Students might also, in their own time, study figurative work by other artists.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Life Drawing for All

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  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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