An Introduction to Life Drawing

Tuesday and Thursday Evenings 7.30pm prompt until 9.30pm~ Twelve week term – sign up for any six

Currently full on Thursday evenings, room for a couple more on Tuesday evenings.

This group is for anyone serious about getting better at drawing whether you are a complete beginner or wanting to improve on what you’ve got. It attracts people of all ages and stages. We start with short poses and end with a couple of ten or fifteen minute ones. Experience shows that most of our disasters happen early on in the drawing. What we need are many beginnings, repeatedly and quickly blocking out a figure drawing really trains the eye and brings bad habits into sharp focus. Yes we push ourselves but it is also immensely good fun and progress is made.

We usually have a demonstration early on in the evening which will introduce a technique or key concept. For beginners this can form the structure for progressive learning, for the more experienced it’s always good to be reminded or just to dust down old skills.

We introduce attendees to several different approaches to capturing the figure including blind contour, gestural, schematic, analytical and tonal. It seems that most of us find one approach suits us better than the others and we encourage people to notice what works best for them and go with it. (The rigour of analytical drawing cannot be fully embedded in a short course like this but at least there will be an awareness of the method so that one can subsequently choose to follow it if desired.)

We learn to draw mostly through practice, after attending this course you will have the understanding to be able to practice with purpose, to make sure that your efforts are directed effectively towards mastery.

The group runs on a quarterly basis each quarter lasts twelve weeks.

The quarterly cost is £60, which allows you to attend any six of the twelve sessions offered. If you choose to come to more than six in any quarter you can pay on an ad hoc basis at £12 per session. If you’d like to sign up for the whole 12 week block, be our guest for £110. Unused sessions are not transferable to the subsequent quarters so please plan your time effectively. Nor do we offer refunds, if you want to get to know us we run at least three drop-in events each week where we welcome newcomers.

In 2017 the quarters are:

1st Quarter January 5th – March 23rd
2nd Quarter April 6th – June 22nd
3rd Quarter July 6th – September 21st
4th Quarter  September 28th – 14th December

Fees or a deposit are payable in advance

You can sign up here.

As of the 11th April we will also be running this course at the United Reformed Church on East Dulwich Grove, the entrance to the hall is around the back on Tell Grove. Google tells us that it is the Oak Tree Nursery, it isn’t any more! We’ll leave an easel outside the door to make it obvious where we are.

Paper is 20p per sheet, we use an honesty system which works particularly well if people are, er, honest. Please make sure that you put 20p for each A1 sheet taken into the honesty pot which is in the drawer beside the paper. Be reassured the same paper will cost you at least twice that in an art shop. We have scruffy pencils and charcoal for free or you can buy new ones from our Art Shoplet at reasonable prices. Easels. drawing boards and chairs all plentiful.