Drawing essentials: understanding the human form and anatomy

Five-week practical evening course

Courses and Classes

  • 6 September 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 13 September 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 20 September 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 27 September 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 4 October 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm

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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 the human form and anatomy, including the head and upper and lower body, 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 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 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 theMotya 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 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.

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.

Each session will be clearly defined by focusing on a different element of the human form:

Week one – The torso
Week two – The head, neck and shoulders
Week three – The upper limbs and hands
Week four – The lower limbs and feet
Week five – The interaction of two figures: male and female

Participants can attend individual evening sessions or all five.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 6 September 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 13 September 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 20 September 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 27 September 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 4 October 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£85 for individual sessions. £400 for full course. Includes all materials, light refreshments on arrival and a drinks reception at the end of the final session.

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