Life painting: weekend pose

Course Dates: 08/08/20 - 09/08/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Anne Teahan

Enjoy spending two Sundays painting the human form from a single pose. Working in layers of tone and subtle colour, you'll create a richly resolved and expressive life painting.


What is the course about?

Enjoy painting from the nude model for a whole two days in the same pose giving you a chance for prolonged study in drawing and painting. This course will help you develop your understanding of human structures and form, and to build confidence in handling paint in relation to painting the figure. You will be encouraged to learn to express an imaginative and personal response to the figure.

What will we cover?

Over the two days we will explore the pose starting with direct and dynamic ways of drawing with paint to get the essentials of composition and structure.. We will pace and build the painting in layers, exploring the form of the body through tonal structure. We will explore ways of enriching the surface and adjusting colour-tones to achieve completion on day 2.
You will see how a range of artists tackle the human body in relation to composition, space, form and expression.
We will explore a range of acrylic paint-handling and colour mixing techniques as the paintings develop through examples and demos.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- represent the figure effectively in painterly terms
- have an expanded sense of paint handling and technique
- begin to locate areas of personal interest and your own language and style
- produce a painting that demonstrate sustained investigation.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Suitable for people who have attended life drawing classes.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught one to one and by group teaching.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The course fee covers basic materials, consisting of acrylic paint, paper and brushes.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may wish to continue investigating the figure with life drawing courses. Alternatively, you could develop a wider approach to painting by doing any of the various painting courses, including the fine art course. If you wish to pursue a higher education route, you could consider the portfolio preparation programme.

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See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VH025

Sat-Sun, day, 08 Aug - 09 Aug '20

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £149.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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