This step-by-step course guides you through the key techniques used to create quick, lively sketches of people on the move.
Working from life models on the first day of the course, you will develop an understanding of the structure of the human body and investigate the key spatial and shape relationships which can be quickly identified to record a moving figure. You will also work on location, in a busy street or similar area on the second day.
Using a range of pencils or drawing materials of your choice, you will further experiment with tone and line quality to discover how these can add dynamism to your drawing.
You will gain first-hand experience of fast drawing techniques required when making sketches of people on the move, a clear understanding of the physical shape and structure of the human body, and how to distil its essence into line and gain experience of materials and their effects on your work.
With a focus on individual development, the course is a series of tutored drawing sessions that will provide both group and individual exercises, with short group assessments at key stages throughout the course. There is a strong emphasis on development and practice of technique to help enhance your drawing skills and exploration of style rather than working towards finished drawings.
The course will equip you with essential knowledge of how to capture the essence of the moving figure, which can be applied to enhance and develop not only your life drawing but your drawing skills in other subject areas.
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.
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.
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)
Andrew Fitchett is a practicing painter working in oils and West Dean tutor since 2006. Since his career in Advertising where he ran creative courses Andrew paints and teaches from his studio in East Sussex. Andrew's work is in private collections across Europe.
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