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Life Drawing and Painting

Mary Ward Centre
Course summary
12 weeks
Leisure / Fun Classes

Course description

Life Drawing and Painting

A life drawing course suitable for all levels, using short and long poses, experiment with various drawing and painting media while learning traditional skills. Topics covered throughout the course will include: Structure of the body, Shading and Contour Lines, Colour Theory, Mark Making Techniques, Movement and Gesture.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This course aims to unite beginners and advanced students within a shared platform of discovery. Beginners will be given direct, simple techniques into figurative drawing. For advanced students, the class is a laboratory for experimentation and personal challenge. Mistakes are welcomed and expected.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • An ability to use geometric shapes as an aid to constructing the figure.
  • An understanding of edge contour (the outline of the figure) and surface contour (lines that suggest the path across the figure).
  • A greater understanding of colour, including concepts such as tone, harmony and contrast.
  • An ability to create a portrait utilising the structure of the skull, with an idea of how each feature- eyes, nose, and mouth- relate to each other to create a face.
  • A relationship with working quickly and expressively- using lines, shapes and movement that define the essence of a pose.
  • Developed a repertoire of useful techniques such as continuous line, weak hand drawing and negative space.
  • An understanding of composition and how to design the flow of a picture.

Training Course Content

Each week will explore different themes to give participants a comprehensive set of strategies for working from the model. The core belief of the class is to develop a rigorous observational ability combined with individual expression- the emphasis is on students developing their own visual language rather than adhering to any particular style.

Topics covered throughout the course will include: Structure of the body, Shading and Contour Lines, Colour Theory, Mark Making Techniques, Portraiture, Movement and Gesture.

Course delivery details

  • Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
  • Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions. One-to-one and group discussion.


  • Full fee: £276
  • Concession fee: £92

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Mary Ward Centre

Mary Ward Centre

The first thing you will notice about the Mary Ward Centre is the stunning Georgian building, in the peaceful surroundings of Queen Square. An adult education centre with a difference, whatever you want to learn, you’ll find it here. From...

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Mary Ward Centre

42 Queens Square
WC1N 3AQ London

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