Life Drawing – Masterclass

Course Overview

The Life Drawing Masterclass provides an in-depth study of the human figure to rapidly develop and build upon your current life drawing skills.

The course is aimed at students who have some prior experience of life drawing, or you have already completed our ‘Life Drawing – An Introduction’ short course and would like to take your skills to the next level.

As life drawing is an essential part of art education, the under-pinning practice for all serious visual artists, it is also a perfect course for those who wish to build upon their portfolios prior to applying for degree courses.

Your tutor Peter Adams, brings with him a wealth of teaching life drawing experience. He will guide you through a structured series of drawing master classes designed to be supportive, challenging and tailored to your specific needs.

Tackling those often tricky and tough to get right areas, this course places particular focus and attention on the human head, hands and feet. These parts of the body are well known for being difficult to draw; yet they can portray so much emotion and movement to a drawing, grounding the subject and bringing it to life.

By taking an in-depth look at the human anatomy, muscle and bone structure you will develop a finer understanding and appreciation of the human form. To draw the human form at any angle you must first understand its basic structure, look past its distracting details and visualise the underlying forms. Once this is perfected, the whole drawing falls together easier.

Another vital part of the course will be studying the work and the respective drawing techniques used by the old and contemporary Masters. By taking inspiration from the great artists of our time you will learn to experiment, to delve deeper into their drawing processes and differing skill-sets and put them to use in your own drawings.

As your tutor guides you through the series of lessons, your skills of observation and draughtsmanship will develop. You will enhance your skills as an artist, ending the course with a fine portfolio of fresh and inspiring work.

‘It is time for us to look how images are made, to place greater value on drawings and draughtsmanship… practically everything comes to life on a drawing board’. – David Hockney.


  • Guided sessions on drawing the Head, Hands & Feet from different perspectives & angles
  • Emphasis particularly on what lies beneath
  • Handouts specially designed for each session highlighting content learned that day.
  • A Professional Art Teacher guiding you through essential techniques, with practical tips on use of materials
  • Learning how to master the skills of foreshortening & perspective
  • Learning how to depict the human form in pencil, charcoal, pastels, water paints & pen & ink
  • Each session will include a guided talk on the work of Masters both contemporary & historical.…
  • A different life model in every session


Autumn term: Saturday 11th, 18th & 25th Nov, 2nd & 9th December 2017

Spring term: Saturday 20th Jan, 3rd & 17th Feb, 3rd & 17th March 2018


Peter Adams

Course Aims

The course aims to:

  • Provide you with more knowledge, skills & confidence
  • Enable you to harness vital skills in rendering, perspective, quick drawing & use of media
  • Enhance your life drawing ability and give you the skills to make your work stand out from the crowd
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how to capture the human form by mastering the anatomy, especially the head, hands & feet and the relevant bones & muscles. Moreover, to harness skills in composition, balance & movement, proportion & perspective in addition to light & tone

Course Outcomes & Assessment

  • Assessment will be continuous throughout
  • Consisting of discussion & dialogue giving students the opportunity to question, analyse & become responsible for anticipated outcomes
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours

Entry Requirements

The course is aimed at students who have some prior experience of life drawing, or you may have already completed our ‘Life Drawing – An Introduction’ short course and would like to take your skills to the next level.

What You Need To Bring

  • A1 good quality cartridge paper (white)
  • A2 cartridge paper (white)
  • Sugar paper
  • Drawing pencils 2B-6B
  • Rigger watercolour brush
  • Plastic type eraser
  • Putty type eraser (preferably Lyra or Faber Castell)
  • White and coloured chalk
  • Charcoal sticks (various thicknesses)
  • Roll of masking tape,
  • 1/2 inch dagger or rounded brush for water colour for a more variety of brush marks

Course Materials

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

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