Extended Life Drawing Practice

Art |
19th April 2023

Extended Life Drawing Practice | Wed 19 Apr to Wed 21 Jun | 10.30am-1pm | £216 (8 wks) | 16+ yrs | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Studio 3

Life drawing is a traditional skill that increases accuracy within observational drawing and feeds into all areas of art practice. The Extended Life Drawing Practice class is suitable for abilities and develops drawing techniques directly from a life model

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

Participants will explore techniques that promote good drawing discipline, working directly from life with an experimental approach to drawing.

Through a series of observational drawing tasks, you will learn to:

  • Understand and apply measuring techniques to life drawing.
  • Apply a variety of experimental drawing techniques to life drawing.
  • Use a variety of drawing media.
  • Appreciate drawing techniques used by other artists.

By the end of the course you will be:

  • Drawing from life with more confidence.
  • Using some basic measuring techniques in relation to life drawing.
  • Using a wider range of drawing media and drawing techniques within your practice.
  • Appreciating a wider range of artists’ work.

Important information

There are no sessions during weeks beginning 29 May and 5 Jun 2023.

What do I need to bring with me?

Drawing boards and easels will be provided.

Please bring

  • paper (A3/2 sketch book)
  • willow charcoal
  • putty rubber
  • soft graphite stick or pencil
  • masking tape or clips to attach your paper to a board. 

Other useful drawing media include pastels, compressed charcoals, conte etc but the tutor will let you know when you will need something specific. Different media and materials will be used and you will be told what to bring on a weekly basis and low-cost options will always be given.

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

Are there any additional costs?


About the tutor

Catherine MacDiarmid is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait award for young artists in 2001/2.  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 works from her home-based studio in Kendal. Catherine’s artwork focuses on the human form, exploring expression and movement in both drawing & painting.

Catherine MacDiarmid


19th April 2023

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