Life Drawing Summer School

Creative Learning |
31st July 2018

31 Jul – 2 Aug | 10.30am-4.30pm | with Cat MacDiarmid | £165

About the course:

Take your drawing skills to another level with this intensive three day course in this most traditional of art disciplines.  The three days will cover areas such as mark making, observational skills and techniques for improving measuring for accuracy.

What do I need to bring?

Easels and boards are provided and students should bring:

-a good supply of paper (A2/A1), 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.

– a range of colour pastels (including white) or colour conte and/or paint if you wish to explore this medium.

-a few sheets of coloured paper, 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.

When using art materials your clothes could get dirty so please dress accordingly. Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

More info about the course:

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 whole summer school. Through a combination of practical work, demonstration, group discussion, during this course you will:-

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

Most of the Brewery is accessible for those who consider themselves to have a disability. There is a lift to all floors within the main building and adapted toilets. On occasion classes may take place in Room 14, with access via stairs only.  Please contact the Adult Learning Team on 01539 722833 Ext 273/275 if you wish to discuss any specific needs or email


31st July 2018

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