This life drawing course seeks to build confidence in creating a drawn image through experimentation with different ways of representing the figure. These will be introduced and undertaken using multiple short poses and specific instructional methods for tackling the whole figure in 5 minutes, progressing throughout the course to drawing longer poses – the idea is for students to develop the ability to choose their own methods of representation and to establish the intent for their drawing in an assured manner. 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.
There is plenty of input from the tutor to the group and also to the individual if desired. Whilst the course welcomes people of all abilities (since life drawing is an activity that challenges even the most experienced artist), those that are well practiced in figure drawing should be aware that this is a tutored course: as such, they may choose to draw from the model or studio skeleton on a self-directed basis whilst the less-experienced students undertake the drawing exercises. The art studio is a lovely purpose-built, double-height space, with all basic drawing materials supplied. Drawing media will be black and white: pencils, graphite, charcoal, and ink, utilising a variety of mark-making techniques and tonal range. There will be 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).
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