Life Drawing Summer School

Creative Learning |
16th July 2019

Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | 10.30am – 4.30pm | Tues 16 – Thur 18 July | £165

Take your drawing skills to another level with this intensive course covering areas such as mark making, observational skills and techniques for improving measuring for accuracy.

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 whole summer school. 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

What do I need to bring with me?
Easels and boards are provided and students should bring:

  • a good supply of paper (A2/A1), this can be in the form of a sketchbook 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.

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 and 2018. 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


16th July 2019

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