Life Drawing - Term 3

Ref: C3670749

Students will be able to develop a variety of techniques and approaches to drawing the figure, through quick sketches and longer, more detailed drawings. Examples of artists' work, both historical and contemporary will be included, to illustrate the above.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To provide a welcoming and creative environment in which students of all abilities can develop skills and confidence in response to study of the figure

Who is the course for?

All welcome

What topics will this course cover

Sessions include short and long poses. Examples of aspects covered are gestural drawing, measuring, proportion, composition, negative space, angles, foreshortening. Students will be able to use different media to represent the figure.

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 the use of a variety of media to represent the human form. Demonstrate an awareness of context for the aspects of figure drawing studied

How will I know I'm making progress?

Progress and areas for development will be discussed with the tutor during each session and throughout the course

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

Students to provide their own materials/equipment:- An easel, if possible A drawing board and bulldog clips; A pad of good quality cartridge paper (150 gms) - A3 size minimum Charcoal sticks - medium/thick Good quality drawing pencils - 4B, 2B and HB A kneadable putty rubber

Reading and information sources

Basic anatomy knowledge is a useful tool for helping develop a greater understanding of the human form, but is not essential. Students might also, in their own time, wish to study figurative work by other artists, to help develop critical awareness regarding their own work.

What could the course lead to?

The use of a sketchbook outside of classes is a great aid to progress. Students could enrol onto a new course of study.

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Life Drawing - Term 3 Course Outline


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