23 September 2021
This ten-week course will focus on how a painting or drawing can tell a story or include a narrative content. Students will explore drawing the human figure using charcoal, pencil and pastels with a focus on the portrait and hands.
There will be a variety of poses to work from ranging from moving, quick to sustained.
This course is suitable from beginners to the more advanced and everyone will be encouraged to learn and develop skills at their own pace. Materials are provided at no charge.
The head and hands of the human figure are rich subjects for exploration in drawing. On this course we will look at the gaze of both the figure depicted and the artist who draws and the significance of gesture in the depiction of hands. Both head and hands are some of the most challenging in the study of the human form. This course will offer instruction in gaining accuracy and confidence initially, leading to looking at artist’s work that dispenses with accuracy in the search for other truths that can inform and inspire more daring work.
Demonstration and constructive feedback will be offered in sessions and there will be a variety of models to work from.
The course will be held at Hive with a clothed model to allow for a safe and secure learning environment. If you are used to the room being very warm then please bring additional layers as ventilation can mean it will be quite cold.
The Birklands Room is perfect for all sorts of arts, crafts and textiles, and is well equipped with materials, tools and equipment and you do not need to bring any with you. We do recommend bringing and using a small notebook to keep a record of your work and ideas. You are welcome to bring your own equipment but you will not be able to keep it at Hive.
You will be expected to follow Health and Safety guidance whenever you use the Birklands Room.