Drawing and Painting the Human Figure

Ref: C3841784

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. Build and increase self confidence and develop observational skills and creative processes.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To enable the learner to draw the human figure with confidence ,in a variety of approaches, whether experienced or new starter.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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 painting and drawing 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 thinners.

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
  • 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?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • For the serious artist, life drawing is "drawing for life" and is the most useful regular practice you can have whatever kind of visual art you make, since it truly teaches you to observe the world about us.

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Drawing and Painting the Human Figure


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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