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Life drawing: the naked portrait

Five-week practical evening course

Short course

  • 18 September 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 25 September 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 2 October 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 9 October 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 16 October 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm

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Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits

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Inspired by the RA’s exhibition of works by Lucian Freud, this life drawing course explores the composition and spatial relationships of the human form.

Famous for his depictions of the nude figure, Lucian Freud was an exceptional draughtsman interested in capturing the various physical and emotional states of his subjects, only ever drawing people he had a close relationship with. To coincide with the exhibition Lucian Freud:The Self-portraits, Freud’s drawings will be the starting point and inspiration for this practical course, examining the style and techniques used in his work developing tools and techniques for your own.

Artist Vicky Saumarez explores and demonstrates how to use the different media of charcoal, conté, pencil, pen and ink to achieve the accurate shading, composition and delicate attention to detail when drawing the human body. There is also the opportunity to experiment with a range of practical art materials which are provided, allowing you to express your own individual style and develop confidence in your own work.

Each session is structured to include a brief historical introduction followed by intensive life drawing practice from both female and male models. Reference is made to discussions of the nude as opposed to naked depictions of the human form and debates around idealised depictions or something more immediate. After a number of short poses experimenting with different types of mark-making, participants will work on one long study, creating an intimate detailed life drawing of the human form.

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  • 18 September 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 25 September 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 2 October 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 9 October 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 16 October 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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