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Drawing Essentials: Understanding the Human Form and Anatomy

Four-week practical course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 5 September 2016, 6 — 9pm
  • 12 September 2016, 6 — 9pm
  • 19 September 2016, 6 — 9pm
  • 26 September 2016, 6 — 9pm
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Alfred Ansell (1858-?), Life drawing of a reclining male nude, April-May 1886.

Black chalk on wove paper. 55.50 x 75.20 cm. Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited.

Learn the essentials to drawing and understanding the human form and anatomy in the Royal Academy’s historic Life Room, a space purpose-built for life drawing, with practising artists Adele Wagstaff and Andy Pankhurst.

Week 1 – The Male Form
Week 2 – The Female Form
Week 3 – The Interaction of Two Figures: Dancers (Male & Female)
Week 4 – The Interaction of Two Figures: ‘Wrestlers/Action poses’ (Male)

Explore the human form by studying the anatomy of the human figure through a series of poses from both individual figures and of two models working together. Working from different and varied life models, and using a range of poses and art materials, this course will introduce and explore the human anatomy in depth through a variety of resting and action poses under the guidance of practising artists Adele Wagstaff and Andy Pankhurst.

The representation of the human form has been a key subject of interest for artists since the earliest of times. The representation of the body was of primary concern for Early Cycladic art and culture dating from 3200 BC. The human face and body was portrayed in both symbolic and realistic ways in Egyptian art dating back to 3000 BC. Ancient Greek sculptors championed the idea that the human body was the ideal subject for sculpture, and Roman artists captured the idealised yet remarkably life-like forms in masterpieces like the Motya Charioteer (created between 480 and 470 B.C, Museo Giuseppe Whitaker in Sicily) and Aphrodite Crouching at Her Bath (a Roman copy of a Greek original from the 2nd century AD in the British Museum). In art schools across the world, classical works provide inspiration and continue to be copied by students today.

Tickets for the full four week course have now sold out, but we do have tickets available for individual weeks. For more information, please contact Mary Ealden, Academic Programmes Manager, on 0207 300 5641.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 5 September 2016, 6 — 9pm
  • 12 September 2016, 6 — 9pm
  • 19 September 2016, 6 — 9pm
  • 26 September 2016, 6 — 9pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£80 per session. £290 for all four sessions. Includes all materials.