Life Drawing and Painting

Ref: C3671627

The course will give you the opportunity to practise drawing and painting the human form. You will work quickly to try and capture the essential posture of the model, improving your seeing skills and memory over a series of short poses. You will also have time to use traditional drawing strategies such as sighting and using negative shapes to help you get the proportions of the figure right during longer poses. A variety of materials may be used to help you keep your work lively and spontaneous.

Course aim

To improve your skills in drawing the figure from a live model.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Some drawing experience would be useful. Beginners are welcome but can expect to find it challenging.

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

  • use fast gestural marks to capture posture.
  • use traditional drawing strategies such as sighting and using negative shapes to check proportions
  • draw the human body as a connected whole rather than an assemblage of limbs and features.
  • use a range of materials and techniques to make pictures of the human body.

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 directed to various internet resources to use in your own time as an aid to learning and as a basis for discussion about the subject.

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please bring a large folder or carrying tube to transport your work, a cheap sketch-book or scrapbook, a fineliner or biro, a pencil 2B or blacker and an eraser, optional watercolours or soft pastels, a portable easel if you have one.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • If you have time and access to a computer please look at

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Working from the model at home or with a group. Visiting art galleries and exhibitions.

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Life Drawing and Painting


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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