Summer Term May 2nd – July 25th
Half term May 30th
7.30pm prompt until 9.30pm
Twelve week term – sign up for any six
This life drawing 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 work from the nude human figure and 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.
How we teach
We introduce attendees to several different approaches to capturing the figure including blind contour, gestural, schematic, and provide the tools for proportional drawing. 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 demonstrate so you can see an artist tackling a problem and learn visually and we also talk to you individually to support you as you assimilate what has been shown and discussed.
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.
There are three terms each year
The term cost is £75, 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 £120. Unused sessions are not transferable to the subsequent terms 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.
You can secure your place on the course by paying a £30 deposit. The balance will be due one week before the commencement of the course. nb: Failure to pay the balance on time could lead to losing your place and your deposit.
nnb The summer course is now full, you may sign up for the Autumn Term course below which will start in the second week of September
Please choose one of the options below. If paying a deposit please make sure to bring the balance with you on the first evening.
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.