Life Drawing

Art |
18th January 2023

Life Drawing | Wed 17 Jan to Wed 29 Mar | 10.30am-1pm | £216 (9 wks) | 16+ yrs | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Studio 3

Life drawing is a traditional skill that increases accuracy within observational drawing, which feeds into all areas of art practice. This class is an opportunity for people of all abilities to develop drawing direct from a life model.  

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.
  • Using 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 in life drawing.

Important Information

Please note there are no sessions during the week beginning 20 February 2023, and the week beginning 20 March 2023.

What do I need to bring with me? 

Drawing boards and easels will be provided. 

Please bring:

  • Paper (A3/2 sketchbook)
  • 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, and conte, but the tutor will let you know when you will need something specific. Different media and materials will be used each week, and you will be told what to bring on a weekly basis with low-cost options always 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 collected internationally, and works from her home-based studio in Kendal.  Her artwork focuses on the human form, exploring expression and movement in both drawing & painting.

Catherine MacDiarmid

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18th January 2023

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