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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 NEW YEAR Courses
at the Learning Centre, Mall Galleries (See details below)
The NEAC Drawing School is about to re-locate, from the RA Schools to the Learning Centre at the Mall Galleries, where we will resume our regular classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the beginning of 2014.
Until then we will keep on running courses. Keep an eye on the website and 'like' the facebook page to keep in touch.
Charles Williams NEAC Curator Drawing School
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.
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The NEAC Drawing School - at the Learning Centre, Mall Galleries
The NEAC Drawing School will be running evening classes in Life Drawing in the Learning Centre of the Mall Galleries, led by members of the NEAC. The classes will be small, so while dropping in is possible, numbers are limited so booking may be advisable. The classes will be running in blocks of five for the present, and may well follow the termly system. Easels, boards and basic paper is provided.
There will be occasional Saturday and weekend classes, to be announced, but so far the term is:
Melissa Scott Miller 5th March - 2nd April
For all enquiries and bookings please contact Piers Grizzelle.
Melissa Scott Miller, referred to by Anthony Green RA NEAC as 'the Mistress of the London Stock', is well-known as a meticulous and painstaking recorder of North London light. Trained at the Slade, she is also a distinguished portrait painter and member of the RP, and she brings the same attention to detail to the human figure as she does the terraces and trees of Islington.
Her teaching method is as unassuming as she is but just as rigorous in approach and her classes are characterised by long and careful study. Melissa will be exploring her own drawing methodologies with the students over the five week course, which promises to be a fascinating course of study.
Space is limited, so early booking is recommended. Please use the entrance at 17 Carlton House Terrace. Drawing paper provided.
Time and Date
6:00 - 8:00pm
£90 for five classes, £20 for each individual class.
The entrance is from 17 Carlton House Terrace
Need more information?
NEAC Drawing School
2 Royal Road,
Tel: 020 8287 5208
Charles Williams RWS NEAC
Tel: 07730 489052
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
Black ink and drawing pen or gel pen/ sketching pen
White ink and drawing pen or white gel pen/ sketching pen
Rags or tissues
Craft or Stanley knife
Bag for rubbish
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
Bottles of water for brushes
Something to sit on: stool or gardening kneeling cushion or a cushion in a carrier bag
Viewfinder – card or otherwise