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Life Drawing – The Essential Techniques (Stage 1)

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.

Course overview

2021 Dates

Summer term
Thursday 17 June - Thursday 19 August 2021

Autumn term
Monday 4 October – Monday 6 December 2021

2022 Dates

Spring term
Monday 24 January – Monday 28 March 2022

10 Thursday evenings 18.00-21.00
10 Monday evenings 18.00-21.00

Tom Winter


Course details

Your tutor, Tom Winter (Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition 2010), will lead you through a structured programme of drawing skills. You will 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 will 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 will 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 course aims to:

  • Provide you with the observational skills to confidently draw the human form from life
  • Enable you to further develop your own work through using different working methods and mediums
  • Enhance the execution of your drawings through use of line, contrast and colour theory
  • Provide you with a sound understanding of basic human anatomy to inform your drawings
  • Encourage a working knowledge of negative shape and silhouette in your drawings
  • Enable you to draw the figure in perspective
  • Impart a self-critical approach to work, through regular group discussions with fellow students

  • All Students will have a sound working understanding of the principles which inform drawing the human form from life
  • During the course, Students will have produced a portfolio comprising varied responses to the human form. With an opportunity to produce more experimental and sustained work later in the term. This can be used to supplement applications for further courses of study
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours

The course is aimed at students who have little or no previous experience of life drawing, or may have some experience and wish to consolidate their understanding.

  • 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

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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