Life Drawing and Painting

Ref: C3670336

We will learn to show the construction of the figure while making drawings that express an individual response to the vitality of the human form. You will be encouraged to use a variety of drawing materials.

Additional information about this course

A short course under the guidance of artist and expert tutor Rosie Skaife D'Ingerthorpe with support from experienced life models. No previous experience of life drawing is necessary although some drawing skills will be useful. Please pre-enrol for this course and bring your own easel if you have one.

Course aim

To make drawings and paintings of the model with a view to bringing structure and vitality into your work.

Who is the course for?

Some experience of drawing is desirable but no experience of life drawing is necessary. Beginners are very welcome.

What topics will this course cover

The course will cover how to understand the stance of the model as well as how to express mass in drawing. We will refer to aspects of drawing, painting and sculpture throughout the ages and particularly to the ongoing exhibition in the gallery of Albert Moore's paintings. There will be a simple action research project on Moore's work, followed by a short group discussion on what we have learnt and what we could learn from working in similar ways and embed in our work in and of the class or indeed how relevant it is to our previous ways of working. Students will be encouraged to develop their own vision with a variety of materials.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

Demonstrate mass and structure in your drawings. Demonstrate the use of a variety of materials and ways of working. Demonstrate the use of colour in your work. Undertake a short and simple action research project in the Moore exhibition. Demonstrate an aspect of Moore's execution of drawing/ painting in your own work (optional).

How will I know I'm making progress?

I will inform students of how to improve by assessing their progress during the course and give feedback individually and as a group at all stages of the course. i will encourage peer assessment through looking at each other's work. Students will be asked to assess their own progress through recording it on their learning plan at the beginning, during, and at the end of the course.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Students need to bring their own drawing and painting materials. Some white cartridge paper will be available but it may not cover all the work required. You will be encouraged to work at least on A2 sized and bring your own A2 or A1 size drawing board and an easel capable of holding that size board. There are some boards and easels available to use but not enough for the whole class and come on a first come first serve basis.

Reading and information sources

No reading or preparation is necessary.

What could the course lead to?

Join a life drawing untutored group. Information on groups will be available on the course. Take part in another WEA Life Drawing course. Use your drawings as part of your portfolio work, for applying fro a college course. Visit art galleries and exhibitions. Use the drawings you have done on the course to from at home. Suggested reading- Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters by Robert Beverly Hale (Watson Guptill)

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Life Drawing and Painting Course Outline

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