Introduction To Life Drawing

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Introduction To Life Drawing | Wed 21 Sep to Wed 30 Nov | 10.30am-1pm | £200 (9 wks) | 16+ yrs | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Studio 3

A traditional skill that increases accuracy within observational drawing, life drawing feeds into all areas of art practice. An opportunity for people of all abilities to develop drawing directly from a life model each week.  

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

You will explore techniques that promote good drawing discipline related to working directly from life and be encouraged to have 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.
  • Use a wider range of drawing media and drawing techniques within your practice.
  • Appreciating a wider range of artists’ work.

This class is suitable for both beginners and those with experience of life drawing.

What do I need to bring? 

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/or dress for mess. 

Are there any additional costs?
No

Important Information
Please note there are no classes during the weeks beginning 24 October and 14 November.

About the tutor
Catherine MacDiarmid is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait in 2001/2 and regularly at the Mall Galleries, London.  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, exploring expression and movement in both drawing & painting.

Catherine MacDiarmid

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