Every Saturday we run a tutored life drawing class at our New England House Studio. In 2014 these classes will be taught by Hester Berry
. Each of class costs £10 and stands alone as a lesson in it’s own right; the set of twelve classes can also be attended in sequence to provide a complete tutored life drawing course. Don’t fret if you’ve missed a session, when we reach the end of our twelve week cycle we begin them all over again!
Jan 11th Gesture
The ‘Gesture’ tutored class focuses on capturing the raw feel of a pose in a quick sketch, either as an end in itself, or as a foundation for a more detailed study.
Jan 18th Construction
The ‘Construction’ class looks at achieving accurate proportions in a drawing by creating a framework of landmarks on which the figure can be structured.
Jan 25th Anatomy
The ‘Anatomy’ class focuses on how to use an understanding of anatomy to inform life drawing. The class introduces how the anatomy of the model’s body parallels with the anatomy of the drawing.
Feb 1st Negative Space
The ‘Negative Space’ class explores how to understand the shape of the figure by drawing the negative spaces that surround it.
Feb 8th Heads
In ‘Heads’ we look in detail at how to draw the head and face, thinking about the head as an object as well as a collection of features.
Feb 15th Half Term Mixed Pose - Untutored class £8/£6
Feb 22nd Limbs
Capturing the subtleties of the arms and legs can be as tricky as drawing the hands and feet that adorn them. The ‘Limbs’ class looks in detail at the arms and legs, looking at foreshortening in limbs and how an understanding of anatomy can underpin a drawing.
Mar 1st Hands
Hands can be as central to the identity of the model as the face; the ‘Hands’ class looks in detail at drawing hands in dedicated studies and as part of a life drawing.
Mar 8th Feet
Feet are often overlooked in a life drawing; the ‘Feet’ class provides time to look in detail at the feet, in isolation and as part of a full figure drawing.
Mar 15th Tone
In the ‘Tone’ class we’ll be exploring how to recognise values (tone) and how use shading to create a sense of three dimentionality in life drawings, as well as exploring different approaches to marking making to create tone.
Mar 22nd Foreshortening
Understanding how perspective affects a life pose can be critical to make sense of trickier reclining poses; this class focuses on how to deal with perspective in a life class (usually called ‘foreshortening’).
Mar 29th Problem solving
To move forward in your sketching you’ll need to learn to isolate and deal with mistakes in your own drawing. This class provides advice on specific issues, as well as giving long-term strategies for problem solving.