Academic Figure Drawing
5-Day Workshop in Life Drawing
Drawing the human figure from life is perhaps the most challenging subject an artist can face. This course shows you the classical approach to life drawing, following a manageable step-by-step procedure and slowly unravelling this complex subject matter. There are two 10-week semesters in this course, and although we recommend that you do both, it is not obligatory. Part 1 begins this Autumn 2017, and Part 2 begins in Spring 2018.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a taught course, and the time spent working with live models is carefully organised and paced with the development of your drawing skills and figure drawing knowledge, gradually increasing over the two semesters. If you are simply looking for unguided practise time drawing a live model, there are many public groups that cater for this purpose.
The next Classical Figure / Life Drawing Course will be running in three different venues - in Cork, Tipperary, and Waterford - beginning this September 2017. Please see venues, dates and fees below.
The focus of the first part of this course is to study and practise the structure and anatomy of the human body using exercises, master copies and photographic references, while at the same time becoming acquainted with the live model through weekly gesture studies.
- ANATOMY FOR ARTISTS
Studying skeletal and muscular anatomy
Working from memory (the 'visual memory')
- STUDYING OLD MASTER DRAWINGS
Copying master drawings and using Part 3 of Bargue-Gérôme Cours de dessin ('Poses of the Model') to practise and learn typical poses and proportions, the envelope, the block-in, nonparallelism and the two-sided form
- DEVELOPING EXPRESSION THROUGH GESTURE
Working purely on gesture studies with a live model (45m per week), helping you to develop your sense for rhythm, movement and expression
Understanding the effect of gesture: balance and major proportions of the model
Developing your skills of line and shading
- TECHNICAL SKILLS
Handling your materials to get the best results - line work, shading, textures, light and shadow
Perspective and foreshortening using block forms and geometric models in different positions and angles
With a good grounding in structure and anatomy, an understanding of how the Old Masters approached the figure, familiarity with working with a live model, and many basic drawing skills practised, the second part of this course moves on into producing more finely rendered drawings in detail.
- CONTINUING WITH ANATOMY
Continuing your study of structure and anatomy, particularly of minor forms
- DRAWING FROM LIFE
Most of the class (1h30m to 2h15m) will now be spent working on longer detailed studies of the model, applying what you've learned in Part 1 to real life
Quick gesture studies to warm up will form part of every class
Recreating the effect of light and shadow on the model under classical lighting conditions
Creating tone and tonal progressions
The interaction of light and form
- TECHNICAL SKILLS
Methods of measurement
Using point-to-point, triangulation, and tilt measurement
PLEASE NOTE: The division of time between theory/practice and working from the live models allows for a 15-minute break for refreshments during each class. In the unforeseeable event that a model doesn't show up, for whatever reason, we will use the modelling time for theory/practice and redress the balance of time the following week.
The Classical Figure / Life Drawing Course is available at three different venues.
See the details of each below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.
|1||Triskel Arts Centre
|10 Weeks||Monday||7.00pm - 9.30pm||11 September - 20 November 2017||€ 300|
|2||Classical Art Atelier
Dunhill, Co. Waterford
|10 Weeks||Tuesday||7.00pm - 9.30pm||26 September - 05 December 2017||€ 300|
|3||South Tipperary Arts Centre
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
|10 Weeks||Thursday||7.00pm - 9.30pm||28 September - 07 December 2017||€ 300|
NOTE: There will be a one-week break halfway through this course for Hallowe'en. Part 2 of this course continues in Spring 2018.