LIFE DRAWING COURSES
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DRAWING THE FIGURE IN THE ACADEMIC STYLE
JANUARY 17TH - APRIL 11TH 2023
TUESDAY EVENING 6PM-9PM
TWELVE SESSIONS OVER TWELVE WEEKS
(Can be split into three monthly payments of £200)
THE SCOTTISH SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL ART
257 London Road
This course is designed to advance the student’s translation of the three dimensional to the two dimensional, allowing you to confront the human figure, and eventually to draw it with fluency. Skill in drawing is considered fundamental to painting, sculpture or other art form at the Scottish School of Classical Art, and so we begin with the most difficult subject to draw effectively - the figure.
Students gain an introduction to the academic method of figure drawing, used by the major Realist ateliers of 19th century. Best exemplified the French and Russian Academic tradition.
Students learn the intricacies of the gestural drawing - an essential precursor for your finished drawing, and tuition in anatomy. This tuition will give an overview of specific pieces of the human body and how they directly translate to our figurative drawing practice. The goal with our anatomy lectures is for you to use the figure as a reference point for your knowledge, develop realistic drawings without extensive time with the figure.
From the second week through the end of the course, they work from the live model everyday for 2 hours per session on a long pose, using graphite and working on paper. Students receive regular individual critiques to help guide them toward a fully resolved and accurate drawing from their instructor.
Our objective as painters, draftsmen and anatomy students is to see the form of the human figure as it exists in life, as opposed to the static and fragmented nature of the cadaver or charts and diagrams. By the conclusion of DRAWING THE FIGURE IN THE ACADEMIC STYLE you will be able to work freely and confidently with the human figure and use the descriptive information it provides to create a believable visual impression.
By the conclusion of DRAWING THE FIGURE IN THE ACADEMIC STYLE the student will be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy by a sophisticated outline and well designed shadow shapes, as well as descriptive half tone shapes integrated into the big light shape
Demonstrate proportion among various forms
Demonstrate skill with dealing with the subtle changes of the living, moving form
Create edges that give the impression of form turning in space
Create a realistic impression of weight and balance
Create a realistic impression of structure and solidity
Create a realistic impression of light flowing over the form
ACADEMIC DRAWING MATERIALS LIST
Two HB pencils (Blue Staedtler if possible)
5+ 2B Pencils: This kind have very soft wood and are easier to sharpen:
STAEDTLER Mars Lumograph 2B Pencil (Pack of 12) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001A1PP62/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_F40D0JR49553BZMRVB4K
Two 2H pencils. (Blue Staedtler if possible)
One sanding block or sand paper sheet - fine grain. (Any hardware shop should have these for very cheap.)
One sharpening blade (Stanley knives work well)
One artists gum rubber
One mahl stick
No refunds or substitutions can be made once the student has paid the tuition fees and committed to the course.