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Drawing the human form

Three-week practical evening course

Short courses

● Fully booked

  • 2 May 2018, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 9 May 2018, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 16 May 2018, 6.15 — 9.15pm

Lord Leighton PRA (1830–1896), Study of a standing female nude, probably for ‘Venus and Cupid’ (crop), probably by c.1856.

Black chalk with white paint highlights on grey wove paper. 45.4 x 19.7 cm. Given by Mrs Matthews and Mrs Alexandra Orr, 1896 Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited.

Learn the essentials of drawing the human form, working from both male and female life models, while also exploring line and tone, anatomy and proportion, in the Royal Academy’s historic Life Room – a space purpose-built for life drawing – with practising artist Adele Wagstaff.

The representation of the human form has been a key subject of interest for artists since the earliest 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 were 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 BC, now in the Museo Giuseppe Whitaker in Sicily) and Aphrodite Crouching at Her Bath (a Roman copy of a Greek original from the second century AD in the British Museum).

In art schools across the world, classical works provide inspiration and continue to be copied by students today. In this course, participants explore the human form by studying the anatomy of the figure through a series of poses of different lengths, drawing individual figures, as well as the interactions of two models posing together.

Working from male and female models, and using a range of poses and art materials, this course will introduce and explore the human anatomy and scale in depth through a variety of resting and action poses under the guidance of practising artist Adele Wagstaff.

Each session will be clearly defined by focusing on a different subject:

Week one – The female form
Week two – The male form
Week three – The interaction of two figures: male and female

Each session is from 6.15 – 9.15pm

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 2 May 2018, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 9 May 2018, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 16 May 2018, 6.15 — 9.15pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£250. Includes all materials, light refreshments on arrival and a drinks reception at the end of the final session.