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From cast to life: life drawing in the RA Schools

Five-week practical evening course

Short course

  • 6 November 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 13 November 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 20 November 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 27 November 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 4 December 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm

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Angelica Kauffman RA, Design (detail), 1778-80.

Commissioned from Angelica Kauffman RA in 1778-1780.

Oil on canvas. 1300 mm x 1503 mm x 25 mm. Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photographer: John Hammond.

This five-week course invites participants to take a step back in time to when drawing from casts and life models was essential training for any aspiring artist and a keystone of the RA Schools.

In this exciting new course led by practicing artist Julia Hawkins, you will be introduced to a method of drawing used to teach artists from the 17th century onwards, given an exclusive opportunity to work from a selection of plaster casts and drawings from the RA’s extraordinary collection, as well as professional life models.

The aim of using plaster casts is to train the eye to draw first from idealised human forms in order to then take on what was considered the greater challenge of the depiction of the human figure from life. You will undergo step-by-step guidance in how to draw the cast head, progressing in the second week to the full cast figure. In the remaining three weeks, you will have the chance to draw from professional and graceful life models.

You will learn how to look at the subject as a whole, to constantly check the relationship between different parts of your drawing and to understand how form is built with the use of tone. This traditional method produced excellent results in the past and is still relevant today. It aims to equip the artist with vital principles which can be used time and time again, calmly and easily in the artist’s individual drawing practice.

The course, taking place in the extraordinary setting of the Royal Academy’s Cast Hall and Life Drawing Room, will be of interest to artists of all levels who wish to improve and deepen their drawing skills

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  • 6 November 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 13 November 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 20 November 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 27 November 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 4 December 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£480. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of the final session.

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