Beginners Life Drawing

Workshops & Classes |
18th May 2024

Beginners Life Drawing | Sat 18 May | 11-5pm | £55 | 16+ yrs | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Studio 3

Take your drawing skills to another level with this intensive workshop covering observational drawing skills and techniques for improving accuracy, measuring, mark-making and tone.

What will the day cover and how will it be taught? 

This is an opportunity for people of all abilities to develop life-drawing skills in an intensive day workshop, and to dispel some of the fear from this valued traditional discipline.

You will be introduced to Life Drawing through a series of enjoyable exercises that cover a variety of mark making and observational skills, including measuring for accuracy. Both traditional and modern drawing techniques and interpretations will be covered, with a chance to personalise your learning in a longer pose.

A life model will be present. Through a combination of practical work, tutor demonstration and group discussion, you will:-

  1. Expand mark making with a variety of drawing media.
  2. Practice and develop measuring techniques within life drawing.
  3. Develop the representation of tone and structure.
  4. Appreciate life work by some other artists

What do I need to bring with me? 

Drawing boards and easels will be provided.

Please bring:-

  • paper (A3 or A2 sketch book)
  • 2 x sheets toned paper (pale grey or pale brown sugar paper will do)
  • willow charcoal
  • putty rubber
  • soft graphite stick or 6B/8B pencil
  • masking tape or clips to attach your paper to a board
  • Hard pastel – Black, Sanguine (orange-brown in colour) and White
  • NB – if purchasing art materials at Youdells access a 10% discount by saying that you are attending an Art Class at the Brewery.

When using art materials your clothes could potentially get dirty so you may wish to bring an apron and/or dress for mess.

Are there any additional costs?


About the tutor 

Catherine MacDiarmid is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait in 2001/2, New Light Art Tour 2021/22 and 2023/24 (of outstanding Northern based Artists) and regularly at the Mall Galleries, London.  Catherine has won many awards for her art, most recently being the Watercolour Materials Award in the Jacksons Painting Prize 2023.  She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014, 2018 reaching the semi-finals in 2019.  As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is in collected internationally and she works from her studio in Kendal.  Her artwork focuses on the human form and portraiture in both drawing & painting.

Catherine MacDiarmid


18th May 2024

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