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Observational Drawing: Focus on the Figure with Thomas Merrett

July 12th 2021 - July 16th 2021


This intensive course will enable artists and makers with diverse backgrounds and experience to engage with observational drawing through a range of ideas and approaches in response to the figure. Each day will provide an overall structure and focus, whilst responding flexibly to develop individual abilities and interests.

We’ll introduce you to each new approach through speculative first thoughts and sketches, but also through more sustained drawings that will give you time to explore and develop your ideas over longer sessions.  Using a variety of drawing materials you will be able to experiment and develop your drawings through both linear and tonal approaches.

Emphasis will be given to three-dimensional form by investigating structure, volume, movement, weight and the anatomy of the figure. Fundamental drawing concepts and tools that enable the construction of a drawing will be explored through measurement, proportion and scale.

Throughout the course there will be lots of discussion and review, with a diverse range of relevant drawings to provide context to further support and stimulate your drawing experience.

You’ll leave the Art School with a range of very personal drawings which evidence your evolving drawing practice, and reflect your interests and approach. Thanks to the small class size and highly personalised attention, you’ll have gained in confidence, and have the tools to develop your drawing further in the future. A very challenging but satisfying week!

What’s included: all teaching, and most materials including drawing materials.

What isn’t included: your meals, and please bring a notebook and pen from home if you like to make notes.


July 12th 2021
July 16th 2021
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City & Guilds of London Art School
124 Kennington Park Rd,
London, SE11 4DJ United Kingdom
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