life drawing classes

life drawing class for beginners, merseyside, liverpool, southport
A drawing done directly from the life model

I run several life-drawing classes on Merseyside including Southport. I also do a Tuesday evening life drawing class(beginners and the more advanced) at the Bluecoat art centre, Liverpool. Please contact me for further details. Also at Lydiate L31 4HL, the first Saturday of each month. This is an all day session. Cost £28. I’ve been doing life-drawing and figurative painting courses for a number of years and the combined groups have now grown into a very lively art group where people come together to not only learn about doing art, but also as a social activity.

Life-drawing and figurative work is the key to painting. Why? Because it forces you to observe and to measure accurately!

I have taught many students life-drawing working directly from the model at one of my life drawing classes.
Life drawing is the key to drawing and painting because you need to develop a measuring system so you can achieve correct proportions. It pays back enormous dividends for the rest of your life. If you can draw the figure, then I believe you can draw any subject. Believe it or not, even people who know nothing about art, if shown a drawing or a painting of the nude, will immediately see if the figure isn’t drawn to the correct proportions! They will sense that something is not quite right. On the other hand, if shown a painting of a landscape they were unfamiliar with, half the
life model, from my sketch book
painting could be out of proportion and it wouldn’t be obvious.

Once you start to measure with confidence, probably after 20 hours of practice, you can then move on to the next stage, using charcoal to indicate tonal values (shading). I feel that charcoal is the best medium for this process as you can achieve very subtle tones and not concern yourself with colour or application of paint, which would only greatly complicate the process at this stage. Once you gain a knowledge of tone, then you can move on to paint, again only using black and white so you can then learn how to use paint: mark-making, applying paint thick and thin, smooth application of paint, textural. Eventually you can introduce colour. To find out more about my life drawing classes, please visit:

www.lifedrawingclassesmerseyside.uk or 

 

 

life drawing class, beginners, mereyside, southport. painting of nude model done in the life class at lydiate, merseyside
Another life study, done by a member of the life class

life drawing class, beginners, mereyside, southport. painting of nude model done in the life class at lydiate, merseyside
one of the life class members oil study, by Andy Teasdale
beginners life drawing class, working directly from the model, liverpool, southport, merseyside
An exquisite drawing, done in the Liverpool life drawing class. This class is suitable for beginners, as I teach you how to measure in proportion
beginners life drawing class for beginners, drawing done in the life class on merseyside
Another example of a drawing done in the Lydiate life drawing class, Merseyside
life drawing classes, liverpooll, merseyside, southport and sefton
One of Roy Munday’s paintings, directly done in a life class in Liverpool
oil painting of a female nude, done in the lydiate life drawing class
An oil painting study of a female nude, done at the all day Saturday Lydiate class
beginners life drawing classes, Liverpool, ormskirk, lancashire and merseyside.
Another example of working directly from the life model, this time the artist is using pastel.
charcoal study of nude, in the life drawing class, liverpool, lydiate and southport, merseyside
study done in charcoal, at the life class.
learn life drawing in Liverpool, merseyside and southport
Quick sketch, done in the Lydiate life class
life drawing classes, liverpool, southport, merseyside, beginners life drawing class
Another picture, done in the life drawing class. Done in pen and ink.