Drawing Horse and Rider from Life

Course overview

Under the guidance of our expert tutor, this unique and specialist drawing horse and rider course will enable you to develop your observation and drawing skills working directly from life. The focus of the course will be how to capture the special relationship of horse and rider, a course for the horse lover and art lover. At Merrist Wood we will be up close and personal with these beautiful animals, and over two days you will get to grips with drawing them and their human counterparts together, creating drawings that delve into the history of art with a modern twist.

You will learn to use various art materials to create expressive, accurate and abstracted drawings of horses and their riders from life.

Starting the day with a discussion of the significance of the horse and rider in art history (cave painting, renaissance and beyond) we will then look at anatomy and sketching, take a variety of different experiments with scale and materials and finish up with a series of drawings of horses and rider together.

You will learn by looking and by touch (the animals will be with us over the course of the weekend). Your tutor will demonstrate techniques and there will be group tutorials, and 1-1 guided tuition as well as group discussion.

This course will teach proportion, form, tone, composition and space with a significant look at the relationship between horses and their riders. You will leave with a series of drawings from life of horses and riders an insight into how to demonstrate that relationship on paper. By spending the weekend focused on drawing alone you will also find yourself developing your own personal drawing style.

This is a two-day programme, you will need to bring lunch for yourself on both days and ensure that you have enough drinks to keep you hydrated! We will be experimenting with scale and materials so we ask that you bring both a large (A2 or A3) and small sketchbook (A4) as well as a variety of dry drawing materials including (but not limited to) charcoal, rubbers, sharpeners, pencils, pastels and pens. It will be wise to also bring along a fixative like hairspray and masking tape. You do not need to buy expensive materials we will be experimental throughout the course and it is not essential to buy expensive products whilst you are learning.

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