Build drawing skills through life drawing


This course offers a thorough introduction to a variety of drawing methods and materials, and will develop core skills over four life drawing classes.

You will leave the course with an understanding of how to establish proportions and use both line and tone to communicate volume and mass. Through close study of the human form essential observational skills will be developed that will be transferable to any subject.

Once representation of form has been achieved students will be encouraged to use more expressive and experimental approaches. Each week you will leave with a number of drawings using different materials and varying speeds: from quick sketches to longer studies.

All materials will be provided, including graphite, charcoal (willow and compressed), conté, soft pastel, oil pastel, markers and pens, wash (gouache or ink with brushes), white, coloured, grey and black papers in sizes A5-A2.

The course is open to students of all ability levels.  

Course dates:

- Monday 4 September 2017, 6.30pm-9.00pm

- Monday 11 September 2017, 6.30pm-9.00pm

- Tuesday 19 September 2017, 6.30pm-9.00pm

- Monday 25 September 2017, 6.30pm-9.00pm

Cost: £200+VAT for four lessons

Places are limited.


Ilga Leimanis is a London-based visual artist, one-half of the duo Ortelius Drew, and member of Five Years. Ilga teaches drawing and research-based process short courses at Central Saint Martins and also runs drawing workshops at architecture offices and at University of the Arts London. In addition to teaching drawing, Ilga is a published writer, researcher and founder of a monthly London location drawing group. 


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