Art Life Drawing Masterclass

Tues 20 to Thu 22 July | 10.30am-4.30pm each day | £180 | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid

Take your drawing skills to another level with this intensive course with award winning artist Catherine MacDiarmid. The workshop will include mark making, observational skills and techniques for improving measuring for accuracy, tone, colour and composition.

If this course has sold out, you can add your details to our waiting list here to register your interest. Please include your name and contact details.

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

This is an opportunity for people of all abilities to develop life drawing skills in an intensive three-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, moving into tone and colour with a chance to develop longer studies.

A life model will be present for the three days. Through a combination of practical work, demonstration, group discussion, during this course you will:

  • Expand mark making with a variety of drawing media.
  • Practice and develop measuring techniques within life drawing.
  • Develop the representation of tone and structure.
  • Develop the use of colour in relation to life drawing. (Optional)
  • Develop a composition incorporating the life form with a long pose.
  • Appreciate life work by some other artists

In line with current government guidance, this class will be limited in numbers due to social distancing measures.

What do I need to bring with me? 

Drawing boards and easels will be provided.

Please read our Covid safety measures before visiting Brewery Arts. Masks should be worn during the class.

What do I need to bring with me?

Easels and boards are provided and students should bring:

  • A good supply of paper (A2/A3), this can be in the form of a sketch book if desired or a roll of ‘lining paper (cheap option) as well as some better-quality cartridge paper.
  • A variety of drawing media which includes willow charcoal and a putty rubber.
  • White drawing medium such as pastel, conte or pastel pencil.
  • A range of colour pastels or colour conte and/or paint if you wish to explore this medium.
  • A few sheets of coloured paper (make these mid-toned colour that is not too pale) including one black.
  • Option to use paint on the last day. Please note that if you wish to use oil paint you should work on a primed surface and bring any solvents in a lidded glass jar so that they can be taken away with you at the end of the day.
  • Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

When using art materials your clothes could get dirty so please dress accordingly. In order to maximise ventilation in the room, windows may be open so you may wish to bring an additional layer depending on the weather.

Tea and coffee will be provided; note the Bar/Restaurant will not be open so please bring your own lunch.

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.

catherine macdiarmid



The Brewery Arts Centre
122a Highgate


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