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Life Drawing (Intensive)

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Course Summary

This course is designed to develop and extend student skills and approaches in drawing directly from the life model. Students will be given a range of strategies to develop their understanding of the structure and proportion of the human form, while also developing and considering the mood and character of the pose related to the uses of a range of materials and techniques.

Course Details

Special Infomation

Art and Design Materials and Equipment

Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

Drawing Studio equipped with;
  • Easels
  • Drawing boards
  • Tables and chairs
  • Life model set ups
  • Skeletons

Essentials Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves: (Estimated cost: £10 - £30 depending on usage)

  • Willow charcoal (medium and thin sticks)
  • Putty rubber (Daler Rowney recommended)
  • Spray fixative (a cheap hairspray is a good alternative)
  • 10 – 20 Sheets of A1 white cartridge paper

Additional recommended materials and equipment students can provide: (Estimated cost: £10 - £30 depending on usage)

  • Compressed charcoal
  • Hot pressed watercolour paper
  • Black and sepia Conte pencils

Content of Course

The course will be comprised of an intensive 5 day teaching block under the supervision of the tutor, Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Class hours:
  • Day 1 – Introduction to proportion , positive and negative space, work on single and double poses
  • Day 2 – Work with tonal qualities, contour and planes, work on single and double poses
  • Day 3 – Work with perspective, foreshortening, dealing with scale etc., work on single and double poses
  • Day 4 – Looking at historical Masters’ use of academical drawings, work on single and double poses
  • Day 5 – Working with knowledge gained, development of personal style and approach, work on single and double poses

Teaching method(s)

The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the five days, students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will involve one to one tuition, discussion and critique.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a confident use of materials such as charcoal, pencil and ink;
  • Understand proportion, body mass and structure to investigate more personal ways of looking at and understanding the human figure;
  • Reflect on and consider the uses and context of figure drawing within art practices.

Transferable skills

  • Observational drawing skills
  • Understanding of proportion of the human form
  • Use a range of drawing media


Core Readings

  • Berry, William A. 1977. Drawing the human form: methods, sources, concepts: a guide to drawing from life (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold)
  • From naked to nude: life drawing in the twentieth century (London: Thames & Hudson, 1977)
  • Gordon, Louise. 1989. Figure in action: anatomy for artists (London: Batsford)
  • Figure Drawings (London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1949)

Web Sources

Web resources will be provided during the course.

Class Handouts

Class hand outs will be provided during the course.

Student support

Please contact Art and Design Studies on 0131 650 4400 if you think you have any specific study requirements that may need to be put in place to enable you to study an Art and Design Studies course. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.