Observational Drawing: Focus on the Figure

15 Jul 2019 – 19 Jul 2019

Regular hours

09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

5 days - £435 (incl. tuition and drawing materials)
10% early bird discount until 14th March 2019

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City & Guilds of London Art School

London, United Kingdom


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  • Kennington station(Northern Line)
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Discover the intensely investigative process of observational drawing, and develop techniques and strategies to help you draw the human figure. We use a variety of media to explore the structure, volume, movement and anatomy of the human form.


This intensive course will enable artists and makers with diverse backgrounds and experience to engage with observational drawing through a range of ideas and approaches in response to the figure. Each day will provide an overall structure and focus, whilst responding flexibly to develop individual abilities and interests.

We’ll introduce you to each new approach through speculative first thoughts and sketches, but also through more sustained drawings that will give you time to explore and develop your ideas over longer sessions.  Using a variety of drawing materials you will be able to experiment and develop your drawings through both linear and tonal approaches.

Emphasis will be given to three-dimensional form by investigating structure, volume, movement, weight and the anatomy of the figure. Fundamental drawing concepts and tools that enable the construction of a drawing will be explored through measurement, proportion and scale.

Throughout the course there will be lots of discussion and review, with a diverse range of relevant drawings to provide context to further support and stimulate your drawing experience.

You’ll leave the Art School with a range of very personal drawings which evidence your evolving drawing practice, and reflect your interests and approach. Thanks to the small class size and highly personalised attention, you’ll have gained in confidence, and have the tools to develop your drawing further in the future. A very challenging but satisfying week!

Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Led by expert tutor and artist Diane Magee

‘The most informative and absorbing week of drawing exploration – loved it!’ Reuben Hart

‘I wanted to be constructively criticised in my drawing, and I was. I wanted to learn techniques and ideas that I could take away as a mental toolbox to help me draw in the future, and I did.’ Steven Rooke

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