Life drawing – line, tone and shape with Sarka Darton


Ref: SWE11149

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About this course

Explore life drawing through a series of exercises focusing on movement, tone, line and shape.

Course Description

Explore life drawing through a series of exercises focusing on movement, tone, line and shape. Develop new ways of looking and seeing the figure in relation to the environment.

Increase your confidence and enjoyment in life drawing. Improve how you look, see and understand the figure, and learn ways to translate the figurative shape into a two-dimensional form.

On the first evening, there will be an introduction to the course structure, drawing techniques and materials.

Through a series of exercises, you will explore the techniques required to draw movement, tone and shape. You will learn how to negotiate challenging aspects of foreshortening, and how to capture the essence of movement in ever-changing time and space.

You will have the opportunity to explore both expressive and analytical ways of drawing, using simple materials such as pencil, graphite, chalk, rubber and charcoal.

By the end of the course, you will understand how to draw the essence of the human body with more freedom, confidence, accuracy and joy.


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, 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 cost of providing a life model who will sit for the course.

What students need to bring

  • Any materials you may have from the available to buy list

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A1 drawing paper (10 X light shade sugar paper plus 5 X cartridge 160g)
  • Soft, medium and hard pencils
  • Pencil sharpener or a craft knife
  • Willow charcoal (assorted)
  • Graphite stick (4B)
  • White chalk
  • Masking tape
  • Board clips
  • Eraser
  • Viewing grid (optional)


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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