Experimental Life Drawing

Ref: C2337907

This practical course is underpinned by pedagogy pertinent to traditional Art School Foundation courses. Content includes quick poses to loosen up and many forms of experimental drawing including unconventional materials and techniques. Some art historical input (e.g. Rodin’s life drawings, modern techniques and approaches) will be included. Students will develop their Life drawing through approaches which encourage new ways of seeing and working.

Additional information about this course

The course incurs an additional fee to pay model's fees, payable in cash to the tutor at the first session - fee to be advised

Course aim

Students draw in experimental ways from the nude model. Different themes are explored each week. Some drawing experience is recommended by students new to Life Class.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Beginners: • begin drawing the nude figure • work in different experimental ways
  • Beginners: • improve on anatomical proportion
  • Returning learners: • sketch short poses with a sense of dynamism
  • Returning Learners: • relate my work to art historical input via PowerPoint presentations
  • Returning learners: * use unconventional techniques and materials that are new to me

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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?

  • Please bring hard and soft pencils, charcoal and fixative, eraser (plastic please, not rubber), A2 drawing pad with heavyweight cartridge paper or sheets of loose paper of different types.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Experimental Life Drawing Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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