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

FDAD Online course

Ref: SCW11661

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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 form followed by feedback and discussion to develop your ideas and drawings further.

This course is for current FDAD and DACC students.

Course Description

The course is delivered entirely online (11 and 12 December). 

Day 1 – access to self-study online course with video recordings of both Chris and Frankie (life model). The courses will be available 9am to 5pm on this day. The self-study course is accessed via Canvas and includes clear guidance on the tasks to complete.  It will take a minimum of 2 hours to complete, though students can continue to work from the recordings throughout the day. 

Day 2 – join a live course on Zoom with both tutor and model from 9am to 5pm.

Students share work throughout the course via a Padlet.


Students should arrive by 9am to join the Zoom room.

Classes are from 9.15 – 5pm.

Course Materials

What you need

• 9B graphite stick
• Compressed charcoal stick
• Willow charcoal, thin and thick
• Conte pastel stick – either orange, burnt sienna or pillar-box 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

Three different work spaces:
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 it/ prop it up against a chair.
A place you can work on the wallpaper roll that you can wipe clean or wash, or place a washable surface underneath.

• Water pot
• Water spray
• A1 drawing board
• Clips for holding paper on to drawing board (or you can use masking tape)
• Two bamboo canes (available from most garden centres)

The same as day 1, please ensure you have enough paper for both days of the course.


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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