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Drawing: the essentials

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 20 January 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 21 January 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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Sarah Simblet, Study after Anthony van Dyck's 'The Brazen Serpent' (cropped), 1994.

Pen and ink and wash on wove paper. 342 x 545mm.

Study the fundamentals of drawing in this back-to-basics practical course. Participants will work from specially selected objects, as well as from both male and female life models to explore line and tone, perspective and scale, measuring and foreshortening.

Drawing is a natural way to interpret the world that we see around us. It can be an expression of ourselves, our character and our creativity, as well as being a visual tool; an alternative language device employed to communicate thoughts and ideas. Whether studying the human form, or working from still life, to draw is to understand how objects relate to one another, and how environments affect the way we view them.

“Drawing is a way of coming upon the connection between things, just like a metaphor in poetry reconnects what has become separated.”
John Berger, 2011

This weekend-long course has been designed to encourage participants to uncover the fundamentals of drawing. Split into two separate days, the first day will focus on the object, using items from the RA’s historic teaching collection to explore mark making, line and tone, shape, subject, space, framing, composition and shading. On the second day, participants will build on this by working from both male and female life models to study measuring, proportions and foreshortening. Additionally, perspective and scale will be a continuous discussion point throughout the two days.

This course will be repeated on 17-18 February 2018. Click here for full details.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 20 January 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 21 January 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, RA Schools, Piccadilly

£240 per day. £420 for two days. Includes all materials, lunch, and wine reception at the end of each day.