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Beyond skin deep: anatomical drawing and painting

Six-week practical course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 15 May 2019, 6.30 — 9pm
  • 22 May 2019, 6.30 — 9pm
  • 29 May 2019, 6.30 — 9pm
  • 5 June 2019, 6.30 — 9pm
  • 12 June 2019, 6.30 — 9pm
  • 19 June 2019, 6.30 — 9pm
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The Life Room (Sir Henry Rushbury and students)

With each of the six classes taught by a different artist and expert tutor, this practical course provides a remarkable way to develop your drawing skills as well as exploring representation of the human body.

Over six weeks, this practical course will give you the chance to examine every layer of human anatomy, from the skeletal system that forms the infrastructure of the body to the musculature that gives us movement and life. Inspired by the RA’s exhibition The Anatomy Professor and building on the Academy’s long tradition of anatomical drawing as a foundation for the arts, each class is designed to explore the complexity of human biology as well as the fundamental practice of life drawing and painting. In a first for the RA, we are offering a practical course taught by a different tutor each week, to provide you with a range of perspectives.

An understanding of mechanisms and structures beneath the skin reveal the complex beauty of the human organism. Great artists past and present, from Leonardo da Vinci to Stephen Farthing RA, have explored representations of the body through in-depth knowledge of anatomy. This course enables you to deepen your knowledge of the body’s interior, which will in turn strengthen the skills needed for successful life drawing and portraiture.

Working with professional life models, the course allows you to explore the weighting of the body, its movements, gestures and facial anatomy which together lend feeling, emotion and life to an artwork. Working in a fully-equipped art studio, you will learn how artists’ materials such as chalk, pastel and ink can be manipulated to mimic the appearance of the body, with techniques both traditional and innovative. Guided by artistic demonstrations from six experts, your pencil or paintbrush will sculpt the bones, tissues and textures of the human anatomy, a critical subject matter in art.

This course takes place in the RA Schools’ historic Life Room, designed specifically for the Royal Academy to provide directional lighting to enhance delineation of the body’s musculature and aid life drawing, which has been practised in this room by generations of Royal Academy artists and Academicians.

This unique course is designed to complement the art theory course: Art & Anatomy: The Fabric of the Human Body. Sign up for both courses for the special price of £800 (discount offered at check-out).

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 15 May 2019, 6.30 — 9pm
  • 22 May 2019, 6.30 — 9pm
  • 29 May 2019, 6.30 — 9pm
  • 5 June 2019, 6.30 — 9pm
  • 12 June 2019, 6.30 — 9pm
  • 19 June 2019, 6.30 — 9pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£520. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of the final session.