This life drawing course seeks to build confidence in creating a drawn image through experimentation, and to explore a range of different approaches to drawing the figure. These will include various methods, such as using measurement and alignment, gestural drawing and analysing the body as shapes. Anatomy and study of specific areas of the figure will also be considered, through drawing from a skeleton. The overall focus of the course is to engage with the process of drawing as a way of looking and thinking, and the enjoyment and progress that can be achieved with this approach.
Drawing the human figure is an excellent way to improve skills in observational drawing – for its own sake or to establish a strong grounding for many other disciplines. It is a wonderfully stimulating and challenging exercise that expands our capabilities for perceiving and understanding, processing information, problem-solving and developing strategies of representation.
The course caters for people of all abilities in our purpose-built, double-height art studio, with plenty of input from the tutor to the group as a whole, and also to the individual. Drawing media will be black and white: pencils, graphite, charcoal, and ink, utilising a variety of mark-making techniques and tonal range. Commencing with an introductory session drawing from the skeleton, the course goes on to use both male and female life models (unclothed), in a range of short and longer poses.
Caragh Savage is a British artist who specialises in drawing, with a particular focus on the portrait. Her first degree in sculpture informs an interest in the manipulation and resonance of materials, and in the interplay between 2D and 3D representation. She has exhibited internationally and has been shortlisted for both the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2017) and the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (2018). Caragh has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from West Surrey College of Art & Design (UCA Farnham), and an MA in Drawing from Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL).
10-week course · 1.5 hour sessions · 2.30-4pm
£122, £98 Concs & UoB Staff, £74 EAC*
(includes basic materials)
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