Community Learning: Life Drawing

Course overview

Unlock your creativity and learn to think like an artist. Join our Community Learning weekly Life Drawing classes!

Drawing from the figure is a classic, traditional skill and these life drawing sessions are ideal for those wanting to learn and improve, or for beginners who would like to just have a go.

We’ll be offering a two-hour session on Thursday evenings 6pm-8pm, giving you plenty of time to experiment. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish!

Participation and creativity can offer relief and increase your well-being, having a positive effect on your day-to-day life!

Dates: Sept 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, Nov 2, 9, 16 23, 30, Dec 7, 14 

2024: Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 4, 11 

Our Community Learning programme offers a series of FREE courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental wellbeing for adults aged 19 or over.
You are eligible for these funded places if you are aged 19 or over (at the start of the course) and also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • either have a mental health condition or difficulty
  • are employed and earning an annual salary less than £17,004 per annum
  • in receipt of state benefit in your own name and unemployed or working and earning less than £338 per month (or £541 for household claims)
  • are a single parent
  • have a social or emotional difficulty

Please visit our Community LearningCommunity Learning homepage to see if you are eligible for a free place.


The course covers the basics of observational drawing, which will be improved upon each week. if you are more experienced, there will be tutoring to further your abilities.

You will be working from a life model, both male and female, that will be unclothed. You will gain a better understanding of the human form, and greater skill at drawing it.

You will expand your creative abilities through:

  • drawing skills, including: mark making, describing line, form, proportions, shading, tonal work, perspective and compositional elements
  • use of different drawing materials, such as: pencils, charcoal, chalks, oil pastels, inks and mixed media use of drawing materials
  • painting skills covering: different brushwork and surfaces, colour mixing/theory
  • use of different painting materials: watercolours, acrylics, Inks, mixed media

 During the workshops you will focus on technique and materials in a practical, hands-on class- combining traditional Life Drawing practices with experimental drawing ideas and mediums.

Basic materials will be provided, however we encourage you to bring any materials or equipment you may already own and wish to use.

Please explore our other creative community and Learning for Leisure courses on offer!

Please note: The course runs term time only

Tutor Profile: Kat Ward

I have a background in Illustration & design and have worked for many reputable publishing, advertising and design companies.

My passion is in drawing and specifically Life drawing. I have taught for the last 12 years across a variety of Art courses in F.E & Adult learning, and most recently the Access to Art & Design H.E. course. I welcome students into a supportive environment where they can gain confidence in life drawing through a mixture of short & long poses using a variety of materials.

Course Starts in 123 Days
  • Flexible start - 11 July 2024
  • 18:00 - 20:00
  • Thursday
  • 1 Year
    • 16-18: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

    • Adult: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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