Life Drawing - Term 2

Ref: C3674773

Students will be able to develop a variety of techniques and approaches to drawing the figure, through quick sketches and longer, more detailed drawings. There will be instruction and demonstration of a range of methods and materials. Students will be able to draw from a range of models. Examples of artists' work, both historical and contemporary will be included, to provide a context and inspiration for the above.

Course aim

To provide a welcoming and creative environment in which students of all abilities can develop skills and confidence in a range of methods and materials to represent the human form.

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:

  • Use a variety of methods to represent the human form ( eg tone, colour, structure)
  • Use a variety of media to represent the human form. ( (eg pencil, charcoal, pastels)
  • Show an awareness of historical and contemporary artists and their work that link into the life drawing classes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to compose an image on a page

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?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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 drawing board Bulldog clips or masking tape A pad of good quality cartridge paper (150 gms) - A3 size minimum Charcoal sticks , medium/thick Good quality drawing pencils - 4B, 2B and HB Kneadable putty rubber

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
  • Basic anatomy knowledge, though not essential, is useful. Students might also, in their own time, study figurative work by other artists, to develop critical awareness regarding their own work

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

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Life Drawing - Term 2


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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