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Drawing: the essentials

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 10 November 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 11 November 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 especially selected objects and male and female life models to explore line, tone, perspective, 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 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 their environment affects 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 course has been designed to encourage participants to discover or rediscover the fundamentals of drawing. Taught across two days, the first day will focus on the object, using items from the RA’s historic teaching collection to explore mark-making, line, tone, shape, subject, space, framing, composition and shading. On the second day, participants will build on this, working from male and female life models to study measuring, proportion and foreshortening. Additionally, perspective and scale will be a continuous discussion point throughout the two days.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 10 November 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 11 November 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, RA Schools, Royal Academy of Arts

Price: £420 Includes all materials, lunch and wine reception at the end of the first day.