Drawing hands, feet and faces with Sarka Darton


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About this course

Learn how to capture expressions of people through observing anatomy. Make accurate drawings that show movement and character.

Course Description

Learn how to capture the expressions and gestures of people with accuracy. Through observing the anatomy of each body part, make accurate drawings that show movement and character.

Draw hands, feet and faces freely and accurately in relation to the figure and its surroundings. Improve your way of looking and seeing the human extremeties of hands, feet and faces. Focusing on expression, you will learn how to translate the figurative shapes into two-dimensions on paper.

On the first evening you will be introduced to the course, model and studio environment. The tutor will introduce first exercises and give a detailed description of the programme.

Through a series of exercises on tone, line and shape, you will learn how to capture the essence of expression and movement with accuracy and confidence. You will also learn how to successfully deal with foreshortening in your drawing.

Referring to anatomical imagery, you will observe the bone and muscle structures of each subject which will inform your understanding of these two bodily systems, how they relate to each other and how this affects your composition. This will help you to depict the intricate exteriors of hands, feet and faces in different expressive gestures.

The tutor will demonstrate methods of mark-making with simple materials including pencil, graphite, chalk, rubber and charcoal, which will help to broaden your artistic vocabulary and help you to draw with sensitivity, confidence and personal expression.

By the end of the course, you will have completed a diverse portfolio of drawings using different techniques. You will have gained knowledge and confidence in drawing the three expressive parts of the body that add character and meaning to your figure drawings. You will also have developed your skills in observation, and knowledge of the different systems inside the body that affect and improve your drawing in dynamic ways.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The course includes the cost of providing a model and the following materials:
  • 10 x A1 100g cartridge paper, 1x 4B pencil, 1x craft knife, 1x 4B graphite stick, 1x Koh-i-noor Progresso water soluble pencil, 1x stick white chalk, 1x Griffin eraser

What students need to bring

  • Please bring items from the available to buy list if you have them.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A1 drawing paper
  • Soft, medium and hard pencils
  • Board clips or masking tape, soft eraser
  • Black and white Conte stick
  • Koh-i-noor Progresso water soluble pencil
  • Soft short brush for aqua washes (Major short black handle Nr. ¼)
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Sarka Darton

Šárka is a Czech born, artist and designer who's multimedia practice explores the relationship in between people, places and architecture in relation to the ever-changing time and space that we occupy.

Constantly seeking new ways of making and showing her work, she is a strong advocate of fundamental prominence of 'looking and seeing', which could be learned and much enhanced through the art of observational drawing.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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