Times and dates for Life drawing classes:
Tuesdays 10.00-12.00 Heath Village Barn, Eastern Way, Heath and Reach, Beds. LU7 0AA. 5 weekly sessions from 25th Feb – 24th March
Wednesdays 19.30-21.30 St Leonards School, Thrift Rd, Heath and Reach, Beds. LU7 0AX. NB:This Class isn’t running at the moment – but please contact me if you are specifically interested.
What happens in class?
Both Life Drawing classes consist of structured sessions made up of a mixture of short and longer poses, – the latter sometimes continuing over more than one session.
The fundamental principles of proportion are explained and demonstrated, – and continually reinforced through drawing activities that will challenge and get the lateral-thinking, artistic right side of your brain going.
Themes include tonality, expressive line and movement, but also take inspiration from well-known artists and art movements.
All sorts of media are used, including pencil, charcoal, oil and chalk pastels, oil bars, watercolours, ink and acrylics. Ideas and techniques are demonstrated and hands-on individual help given when needed.
Whist both courses are carefully planned, it’s important to stress that not all the sessions are prescribed. I aim to encourage everyone to develop their own way of working, and don’t object to someone following their own “thread” if they have one. I build in time for people to follow through with ideas and techniques we’ve tried, or one’s they might like to try, – so some sessions I simply set the pose and allow everyone to “do their own thing”.
What to expect and what to bring to the first session:
In both classes I will start the term gently with short poses – gradually increasing in length over the two hours. I will be leading the activity with some “warm up” drawing exercises designed to help everyone relax and “get into the groove”.
For anyone who is just beginning – never fear! I will show you easy ways to start a figure drawing, and demonstrate the techniques I use to get the figure in proportion. I will help you every step of the way until you feel confident enough to work on your own.
- I suggest bringing “basic” materials to the first session: an A3 white cartridge drawing pad (with a hard backing board), a couple of soft drawing pencils (such as 3B and 6B), some willow charcoal ( a box of mixed thicknesses is best) and a putty rubber.
- No materials or equipment can be provided (including boards and easels) – although I will usually have spare pencils/charcoal/rubbers!