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Life Drawing - The Essential Techniques (Stage 1)

Arts University Bournemouth

2 months
319 GBP/full
319 GBP/full
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Whether you have attended classes previously or perhaps have never drawn the human figure before, you will receive a warm welcome on this Life Drawing - The Essential Techniques (Stage 1) course from Arts University Bournemouth that gives you the chance to develop your skills alongside a wide mix of individuals with this shared interest.


Your tutor, Tom Winter (Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition 2010), will lead you through a structured programme of drawing skills. You will produce linear and tonal studies, record active poses and make more considered drawings, allowing you to gain confidence in your observational responses to the unclothed and clothed form.

Programme Overview

Tom will encourage you to be both personal and expressive in your work whilst exploring a variety of drawing materials. As well as working in the group setting, you will also be supported and encouraged by your tutor on an individual basis with feedback and suggestions to support and encourage your progress.

As your tutor guides you through the series of lessons, your skills of observation and draughtsmanship will develop. By the end of the course, you will have developed both your skills as an artist and a portfolio of fresh and inspiring work.

The Life Drawing - The Essential Techniques (Stage 1) course from Arts University Bournemouth aims to:

  • Provide you with the observational skills to confidently draw the human form from life
  • Enable you to further develop your own work through using different working methods and mediums
  • Enhance the execution of your drawings through use of line, contrast and colour theory
  • Provide you with a sound understanding of basic human anatomy to inform your drawings
  • Encourage a working knowledge of negative shape and silhouette in your drawings
  • Enable you to draw the figure in perspective
  • Impart a self-critical approach to work, through regular group discussions with fellow students

Programme Structure

Courses Include:
  • Studies in basic proportion and Measuring
  • Using environmental clues to reference the angles of the figure
  • Expressive use of line, Contour and Mark making
  • Studies in Anatomy (including heads, hands and Feet)
  • Working with Colour
  • Tonal Value and Working with Contrast
  • Drawing the Figure in Motion and Dynamics
  • Blocking in form
  • The Figure in Perspective
  • Using Negative Space and Silhouette

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 2 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Places on our Short Courses are limited so we advise that you enrol as soon as possible to secure a place. 




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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The course is aimed at students who have little or no previous experience of life drawing, or may have some experience and wish to consolidate their understanding.

You need:

  • A1 good quality cartridge paper (white)
  • A2 cartridge paper (white)
  • Sugar paper
  • Drawing board clips
  • Drawing pencils 2B-6B
  • Plastic type eraser
  • Putty type eraser (preferably Lyra or Faber Castell)
  • White and coloured chalk
  • Charcoal sticks (various thicknesses)
  • Soft graphite sticks/crayons
  • Roll of masking tape

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    319 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 319 GBP for the full programme during 2 months.
  • National

    319 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 319 GBP for the full programme during 2 months.

Living costs for Bournemouth

700 - 1000 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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