FDAD Online course

Online course – Expressive life drawing for FDAD and DACC students with Chris Gilvan-Cartwright

Ref: SCW11099


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About this course

Develop your confidence in expressive drawing through a series of exercises working with a life model. You will explore how to use dry and wet media to draw and capture the dynamics of the female human form. You will have access to approximately one hour video content, which will take a minimum of approximately two hours to complete. Online access from 9am – 5pm on the scheduled day, 1 May.

This course is for FDAD and DACC students.

Course Description

Your course includes:
• Access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with course content
• Approximately one hour of instructional videos to work through and repeat during the day
• Practical tasks to complete
• Helpful materials suppliers list
• Student online gallery where you can share work
• Additional notes and ideas

Course Content:
• Introduction to West Dean College, your tutor Chris Gilvan-Cartwright and workshop overview
• Getting started; Health and Safety, Tools, Materials and Set up requirements

• Workshops:
Warm-up drawings – working vertically
Sketching movement – working on a table
Expressive drawing with ink – working on the floor

• Ideas for going forward

Course Materials

What you need

Materials required:

• 9B graphite stick
• Compressed charcoal stick
• Willow charcoal, thin and thick
• Conte pastel stick – either orange, burnt sienna or pillarbox red
• 6 x A1 Newsprint paper
• A roll of wallpaper lining paper
• A1 Cartridge 130gsm paper
• Black Indian ink
• White acrylic or emulsion paint
• Selection of paint brushes – wide and thin
• Masking tape
• Rags or tissues

Equipment required:

Three different work spaces:
1. Easel. If you don’t have an easel at hand then work either on your wall (masking tape your paper up) or work on a drawing board and rest/prop it up against a chair.
2. Table.
3. Flat floor area.

• Water pot
• Water spray
• A1 drawing board
• Clips for holding paper on to drawing board (or you can use masking tape)
• Two bamboo canes (can be bought from most Garden Centres)


Chris Gilvan-Cartwright

Chris Gilvan-Cartwright, aka The Baron Gilvan, is a painter, performer and animator.
Graduating from Central St Martins he won the Royal Overseas League bursary to paint in India and Nepal. He designed the BBC Proms logos for two seasons, has exhibited extensively and performed at the Jerwood Gallery Hastings. Chris also trained at Kracow Academy of Fine Arts, Poland, and University of Brighton. He has taught over 20 years from Foundation to Degree level. Chris is a member of Central Illustration Agency and has illustrated 20 children's books, including 'Becoming Me', Frances Lincoln Publishing.

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