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Life Drawing – The Essential Techniques (Stage 1)

Life drawing or observational drawing is a vital skill for any artist, regardless of your chosen medium or interests; it forms the backbone of everything you do.

This 10-week course will equip you with the skills you need to unleash your inner creativity or enhance your existing capabilities.

What you need to know

This course is 10-weeks long, and you can study in either the autumn or spring term. Choose which term you study as part of the booking process.

Autumn term 2022

Monday 3 October – Monday 5 December 2022, 18.00-21.00

Spring term 2023

Monday 16 January – Monday 20 March 2023, 18.00-21.00

£329

Please be aware you'll need to bring your preferred drawing equipment with you. This may incur an additional cost on top of your course fee if you need to purchase any equipment. Refer to the 'what to bring' section for an equipment list.

  • A1 good quality cartridge paper (white)
  • A2 cartridge paper (white)
  • Sugar paper
  • Drawing board clips
  • Drawing pencils 2B-6B
  • Plastic type eraser
  • Putty type eraser (preferably Lyra or Faber Castell)
  • White and coloured chalk
  • Charcoal sticks (various thicknesses)
  • Soft graphite sticks/crayons
  • Roll of masking tape

Any additional materials and resources not listed here will be provided by AUB.

  • Develop the observational skills to confidently draw the human form from life and in perspective; this is a vital skill for any artist
  • Enhance the execution of your drawings through use of line, contrast and colour theory
  • Come away with a sound understanding of basic human anatomy to inform your drawings
  • Have the opportunity to experiment with different drawing methods and mediums, including expanding your knowledge of negative shape and silhouette
  • Receive expert support and guidance from your tutor at every turn and partake in group discussions
  • Leave with increased confidence and body of work that can contribute to your personal portfolio
  • Study alongside up to 16 like-minded students in a specialist drawing studio

About this course

Drawing the human figure as a subject matter has held a fascination for artists for centuries up until the present day. Whether you have attended classes previously or perhaps have never drawn the human figure before, you will receive a warm welcome on this course that gives you the chance to develop your skills alongside a wide mix of individuals with this shared interest.

You'll be expertly led by your tutor, Tom Winter (Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition 2010), through a structured programme of drawing skills.

You'll produce linear and tonal studies, record active poses and make more considered drawings, allowing you to gain confidence in your observational responses to the unclothed and clothed form.

Tom will encourage you to be both personal and expressive in your work whilst exploring a variety of drawing materials. As well as working in the group setting, you'll also be supported and encouraged by your tutor on an individual basis with feedback and suggestions to support and encourage your progress.

As your tutor guides you through the series of lessons, your skills of observation and draughtsmanship will develop. By the end of the course, you'll have developed both your skills as an artist and a portfolio of fresh and inspiring work.

  • Studies in basic proportion and measuring
  • Using environmental clues to reference the angles of the figure
  • Expressive use of line, contour and mark making
  • Studies in anatomy (including heads, hands and feet)
  • Working with colour
  • Tonal value and working with contrast
  • Drawing the figure in motion and dynamics
  • Blocking in form
  • The figure in perspective
  • Using negative space and silhouette

The minimum age for this course is 18 years.

There are no formal academic entry requirements for this course. It's aimed at students who have little or no previous experience of life drawing, or may have some experience and wish to consolidate their understanding.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to check your suitability for the course.

What to bring

  • A1 good quality cartridge paper (white)
  • A2 cartridge paper (white)
  • Sugar paper
  • Drawing board clips
  • Drawing pencils 2B-6B
  • Plastic type eraser
  • Putty type eraser (preferably Lyra or Faber Castell)
  • White and coloured chalk
  • Charcoal sticks (various thicknesses)
  • Soft graphite sticks/crayons
  • Roll of masking tape

Additional resources

Any additional materials and resources not listed above will be provided by AUB.

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.

After this course you could:

  • Study Expressive Life Drawing and Portraiture (Stage 2) to expand your life drawing skills and knowledge further
  • Continue to harness your creativity by applying what you've learnt to working in different mediums; explore our full range of Art, Design, Drawing and Painting courses to see where your creative journey will take you next
  • Use your new skills to further your career or change direction
  • Continue to develop your drawing skills at home as a hobby

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Your tutor, Tom Winter, is an industry professional, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity

Work from our short course students

Check out some of the pieces that our previous Life Drawing – the Essential Techniques (stage 1) graduates completed during their course. On this course you'll practice and develop your skills across 10 studio sessions, experimenting with a variety of drawing mediums. You'll be joined by live models for you to draw, enabling you to practice perspective and gain a sound understanding of the human anatomy. You'll produce linear and tonal studies, record active poses and make more considered drawings, allowing you to gain confidence in your observational responses to the unclothed and clothed form.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it reconnected with skills that I hadn't engaged with for over 30 years.

Stuart, Life Drawing – The Essential Techniques (Stage 1) student

Life drawing classes in action

If you're wondering what our life drawing classes look like then check out these images from some of our studio sessions. You'll learn in a relaxed and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative.

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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