Drawing and Painting the Human Figure

Ref: C3840599

This course provides opportunities to explore a range of approaches and techniques in drawing the human figure, using a variety of drawing and painting materials - texture, colour, brushstrokes. Build/ boost self-confidence. Develop observational skills and creative process.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To enable those with little or no experience of drawing the human figure to learn and practice the fundamental skills involved. To provide an opportunity for those with experience to renew and practice their skills, and to explore new approaches.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No particular experience is required, just an enthusiasm for drawing the human figure, and an interest in exploring different ways of approaching it.

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of good proportions.
  • Tackle realistic figure drawing from observation.
  • Identify and apply principles of shading.
  • Create own palette of skin tones.
  • Begin to evaluate their own work and that of others.

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?

  • 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?

  • Bring your own drawing / painting materials, paper for 'warm ups' and an A3 cartridge pad or equivalent for longer poses. A stand easel and board are essential as there are no tables . If using oils please use odourless materials.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • If possible familiarize yourself with some of the many different ways of drawing the human figure, eg. galleries, books I.T.

What can I do next?

  • For the serious artist, Life Drawing ' is drawing for life', it is also the most useful regular practice you can have whatever kind of visual art you make since it truly teaches you to observe the world around us.

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Drawing and Painting the Human Figure 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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