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Life Drawing Classes in London and Elsewhere

'Anyone can draw' is one of the principles of the Drawing School. You do not need to be a member or a Friend of the NEAC, and you do not need to sign up for a term or year or course. It is entirely possible to drop in to any of the courses without booking and draw in our classes, although probably best to email the day before to confirm that the class is running.

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The NEAC Drawing School Courses
at the Learning Centre, Mall Galleries

The NEAC Drawing School is at the Learning Centre at the Mall Galleries, where we hold our regular classes on Tuesdays.
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Staffed entirely by members of the NEAC, many of whom have a wealth of teaching experience, the Drawing School offers a thorough and sound approach to drawing in its many forms, with small classes to ensure a personal and individual tutor/student relationship.

The Drawing School is at the heart of what the NEAC represents. We run courses at various venues, mainly in London, on drawing, sketching en plein air, and working from drawing to painting. Courses are constantly in development, so check back regularly to keep up-to-date.

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Weekly Life Drawing at Mall Galleries
April - July 2015

The sessions this term will be taught by Peter Clossick NEAC.
All levels of ability are welcome,with  some basic materials  provided. Poses vary from short to more sustained, with an emphasis on exploring the broad language of drawing through a flexible approach , and varied methodology.

Materials
Some basic materials are provided, but more information is given by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

Time and Date

Every Tuesday, 6pm to 8pm during Term Time.

Summer Term 2015.

April
Tuesday 21st April
Tuesday 28th April
May 
Tuesday 5th May
Tuesday12th May : No session
Tuesday 19th May
Tuesday 26th May
June
Tuesday 2nd June
Tuesday 9th June : No session 
Tuesday 16th  June (TBC) 
Tuesday 23rd June
Tuesday 30th June
July
Tuesday 7th July
Tuesday 14th July
Tuesday 21st July

Costs
£20.00 per drop in session
£100.00 for six sessions.

Venue
Mall Gallery Learning Centre

COST: £20/Session or £100/6 Sessions
Reserve a Place / Enquiry
Need more information?

Need more information?

Email us at drawingschool@neac.co.uk or alternatively leave a message on 07494 343653.

Materials List for Drawing Classes

There are many drawing implements other than pencils – pen and ink, watercolour, pastels, conte crayon, as many different styles and inclinations as there are artists, and they are all useable, but here is a basic list for life drawing classes.

It is best to have some good quality drawing paper, pencils, a craft-knife to sharpen them with, and an eraser. Masking tape is also a good aid.

Paper can be bought in blocks or loose from good art shops. I buy it loose and tear it down to the size I require, but blocks are fine. The best size is the most convenient size for you – if you have long arms and want to make large drawings, buy large sheets of paper, but there is no gain in doing that if you don’t usually make large works. You can always visit the shop again. Buy ‘cartridge’ or ‘drawing’ paper, don’t buy watercolour paper unless you plan to put watercolour washes on the drawing. Keep it in a portfolio, either cardboard or faux leather.

Pencils are graded in hardness, from 7H (very hard) to 6B (very soft). For observational drawing, B to 3B is the most useful range. There are many different manufacturers, and it’s best to try various and develop your own preferences.

Some lecturers prefer the use of charcoal to pencil, as it is more ‘expressive’ and putting down tone is quicker and perhaps less stilted. If you have charcoal, you can use ordinary drawing paper, although you can also use ‘ingres’ paper, which has a slight ‘tooth ‘or texture, but you will also probably need a putty rubber. This is unlike a pencil eraser in that it is malleable and becomes more effective when warm. I usually draw with charcoal in my right hand while keeping the putty rubber warm in my left, and when I want to make a correction, I mould the rubber into the shape I need and, rather than rub at the paper as one does with a pencil eraser, dab at it, lifting off the charcoal. A spray can of fixative is useful, or hairspray will do the same – apply it at the end of the session, out of the room. 

A craft knife is better to sharpen your pencil than a sharpener, mainly because you have to concentrate on making your point when you use a knife. Try to keep your pencils sharp at all times.  Elementary advice, but you’d be surprised how often people ignore it.

Recommended materials: Items in bold type are most necessary!
A variety of smooth and rough papers, different types of weight and colour, cut to same size as sketch book unless bringing a drawing board
Sketchbooks –preferably at least one large one and one small one
Black paper cut to same size as sketch book unless bringing a drawing board
Pencils: B – 4B
Graphite sticks
Charcoal
Black ink and drawing pen or gel pen/ sketching pen
White ink and drawing pen or white gel pen/ sketching pen
Watercolour brush
Water pot
Brown ink
Rags or tissues
Craft or Stanley knife
Pencil sharpener
Bag for rubbish
Putty rubber
Hard rubber
Pastels
Some wet colour medium: Watercolours and brushes, watercolour paper or other painting medium- oils or acrylics as desired with board or canvas paper support
Drawing board and larger sheets of paper if desired
Warm clothes and snacks
Packed lunch
Bottles of water for brushes
Something to sit on: stool or gardening kneeling cushion or a cushion in a carrier bag
Camera
Viewfinder – card or otherwise