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Expressive Life Drawing

Expressive Life Drawing and Portraiture (Stage 2)

This course will enable you to develop your creative visual language in response to drawing the figure and portrait. You'll gain visual fluency and develop your personal artistic style with confidence.

Course overview

This practical course is available to study in either our autumn or spring term. Check out the term dates and different course options below.

Dates

Saturday 15, 29 October, 12, 26 November, 10 December 2022

Duration and times

5 Saturdays 9.00–16.00

Tutor

Abi Kremer

Fee

£349

Class capacity

12

Dates

Saturday 21 January, 4 and 18 February, 4 and 18 March 2023

Duration and times

5 Saturdays 9.00–16.00

Tutor

Abi Kremer

Fee

£349

Class capacity

12

Course details

"Drawing from the model is more spontaneous than drawing from the imagination... I think if you have something to look at and try and get it, you find that all sorts of things happen" (Paula Rego)

This course will enable you to gain visual fluency and build a personal artistic style. WHat's more, you'll develop as an artist with individual tuition.

Observational drawing is an essential discipline for all artists to acquire. Working from both sources, portraiture and life drawing, will challenge your drawing skills and enable you to rapidly improve your visual analysis.

The course will begin with life drawing, enabling you to establish a personal drawing language, before moving on to portraiture, so that you can develop your technique. Both disciplines require interpretive and expressive skills.

Each week will focus on building skills in a different media, beginning with line and tone using graphite, chalk and pen, graduating to colour with pastels, watercolour and acrylic.

You'll develop your understanding of composition, proportion, perspective and colour mixing, building a personal style of mark making. A feature of this course will be the study of master life/portrait artists, both historical and contemporary, with illustrated handouts for each session. You'll be challenged to make real creative progress, producing a strong portfolio for exhibition or to supplement any existing studies.

A carefully chosen range of professional life/portrait models will be provided to so you gain maximum benefit from the experience.

  • Understanding the structure of the figure and head, looking at proportion and perspective
  • Building an individual expressive composition with line and tone
  • Understanding colour theory and mixing to interpret a range of skin tones
  • Developing skills with charcoal, graphite, coloured pastels, watercolour and acrylic paint
  • Guidance on portraying surfaces textures including skin and hair, with conviction
  • Instruction on historical and contemporary masters with illustrated handouts
  • One to one support for individual style development
  • The guidance of a tutor who is a practising artist and experienced lecturer of fine art and art history

The course aims to:

  • Enable you to gain confidence in their drawing ability
  • Develop skills of line, tone, colour and form using a range of different drawing and painting media
  • Enable you to improve visual analysis, and take ownership of their artistic progression

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

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Abi Kremer

Abi has had a long and varied career as an artist and educator. Having studied ‘Environmental Art’ specialising in mural design at AUB.

  • Group discussion and analysis at the end of each session will support your learning
  • You'll develop a portfolio of experimental and finished work
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate email the team at shortcourses@aub.ac.uk

This course is aimed at students who have some prior experience of life/portrait drawing or who have already completed our Life Drawing – an Introduction short course and would like to take their skills to the next level. Suitable for creatives aged 18+.

For your first session please bring:

  • A2 cartridge paper
  • Willow charcoal
  • Eraser and a selection of pencils.

Your tutor will be in touch to clarify before the first session.

For the following sessions you'll need:

  • A1/2 heavy cartridge
  • Watercolour paper 300g/m
  • Ingres or pastel paper (mixed colours)
  • HB, 2B, 4B, 6B pencils
  • Charcoal, graphite, drawing pen
  • Coloured chalk pastels
  • Putty and plastic eraser
  • Watercolour paints and Indian ink
  • Acrylic paints, palette
  • Range of sable substitute and bristle brushes
  • Masking tape, fixative

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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FAQs

If you have any questions about our Evening and Saturday Short Courses, you may find the answers in here.

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

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