Life drawing: proportion, form and space

Weekend-long practical course

Courses and Classes

  • 5 May 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 6 May 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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Henry Hugh Armstead RA, A male nude pulling ropes.

Pen and ink over pencil on cream wove paper. ca. 173 x ca. 197 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

This practical life drawing course focuses on the importance of proportion, form and space led by award-winning painter and figurative artist Andy Pankhurst

Proportional measurements in art are concerned with the aesthetics of beauty and what works pictorially, rather than the literal - for however much artists from the Renaissance onwards concerned themselves with portraying the perfect anatomy and a muscular ideal, Michelangelo-esque proportions rarely exist in nature. In fact, the aesthetic ideal is a point of departure and leads the way, rather than being a literal aim.

“Without measurement there can be no art”
Fra Luca Pacioli, from De Divina Proportione, 1496-7

Andy Pankhurst, the figurative artist leading this course argues “as humans we are fascinated with ‘ourselves’ over any other natural form and it is through this fascination and by studying the human form over time that we have gained aesthetic judgement through questioning: What is the proportional height of the model in relation to their width? Is the head too big or too small? With time and experience we grow and build a personal sensibility towards proportions, most importantly either feeling right or wrong when we draw. Therefore, the meaning of what is right is ultimately what works for your drawing.”

This exciting weekend-long life drawing course aims both to explore such ideal concepts through an understanding of proportion, form and space and develop classical ideas further while working under the guidance of painter and expert tutor Andy Pankhurst.

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  • 5 May 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 6 May 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, RA Schools, Piccadilly

£420 Includes all materials, lunch and wine reception.

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