Art Life Drawing

Wed 23 Sep to Wed 21 October 2020 (BLOCK 1) | Wed 4 Nov to Wed 9 Dec 2020 (BLOCK 2) | 11.30am – 2pm | NEW EXTENDED CLASS | £95 (5 weeks) | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid

This course will provide an opportunity for people of all abilities to develop drawing direct from a life model.  You will explore techniques that promote good drawing discipline related to working directly from life. You will be encouraged to try new techniques and have an experimental approach to some different drawing media.  The higher fee for this workshop reflects the longer class and using a life model each week.

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

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.

Methods of learning in the course:

Practical work.  Demonstration.  Group work.  Group discussion.  One-to-one.  Looking at work by other artists.  Peer learning.  Self-assessment.  Tutor assessment.

By the end of the course you will be capable of:

  • 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

Please note there are no classes on the following dates:

28 October and 18 November 2020

What do I need to bring with me?

In order to minimise the amount of equipment being brought to the session, paper, drawing boards and easels will be provided.

Please bring willow charcoal and 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.

Please note that in line with current government safety guidelines the windows will remain open for ventilation so you may wish to bring an extra warm layer.

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.  Her art work focuses on the human form, exploring expression and movement in both drawing & painting.

Please note that this is a continuing course, with BLOCK 2 following BLOCK 1. Places on BLOCK 2 will be prioritised initially for those enrolling in BLOCK 1. Places may be available for BLOCK 2 only, subject to availability.

catherine macdiarmid


The Brewery Arts Centre
122a Highgate


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