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3-Day Life Drawing Workshop

This course will be running in summer 2023. Please contact us for further information.

Date Attendance Time Duration Course fee Location Action
22/07/23 – 05/08/23 3 Saturdays (22 July, 29 July and 5 Aug) 10.30 – 16.00 3 weeks £375 Penrhyn road Book your place

Course information

Course description

This three-day life drawing course is aimed at all levels of drawing ability and experience. It will build on the essential foundation of responding to the world before you, improving observational drawing skills, and application of material and media. We will engage with a broad range of approaches, from traditional to experimental, to fully explore the potential of the human figure and related drawing techniques. This course includes structured workshops, as well as opportunities for self-directed drawing and collaborative exercises. Throughout the three days you will be encouraged to discuss and share your outcomes with the group, to reflect on new approaches and progress. This course is a great opportunity for those who are looking to extend an existing drawing practice, to produce new and vibrant work for inclusion in a portfolio, or just to enjoy a new exploration of the drawing process.

Example course structure

  • Day 1: Mark making and new ways of looking
    Today we will start with the fundamentals of life drawing and move on to focus more specifically on mark making; how being aware of the marks we make is an invaluable way to improve not only our drawing but also our image making skills.
  • Day 2: Form and structure
    The second day will consider how the body is built up and how we can use mark-making to define shapes and shadows within the body. Participants will experiment with a variety of media to challenge how we depict light, shadow and form.
  • Day 3: Scale, design, balance
    On this day we will experiment with scale, overcoming "The fitting it all in problem". Learning to design compositions that are thoughtful and interesting in many different ways not only relevant to life drawing but also to all other creative practices you might be interested in.

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Course tutors

This course is led by experienced tutors at Kingston School of Art.

What to bring

A basic list will be sent to you a week in advance of the course start date. All other materials are provided by Kingston School of Art (KSA).

Booking information

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The standard course fee is indicated at the top of this page. If a course has any discounted fees available (e.g. for early-bird booking, alumni or students) these will be clearly outlined on the booking website.

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