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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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Latest Update from the NEAC Drawing School
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: Alex Fowler will be running a three day course in May, for example, and excursions and day-classes are planned; Jane Corsellis' Strand-On-The-Green School is going ahead, and there will also be a Summer School at the Mall Galleries in August as a sort of precursor to the Learning centre.
Other courses will be advertised; 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.
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 please bookmark this page and check back regularly to keep up-to-date. We will also be advertising courses in the Friends’ Newsletter, available biannually.
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'Inspired by Constable' Painting in the Park with Alex Fowler
Description: Alex Fowler NEAC leads a three-day workshop concentrating on developing drawing and painting skills, working out of doors. We will draw inspiration from studying the sketches of Constable in The Victoria and Albert Prints and Drawings Study Room which we will visit on the Wednesday morning.
Introduction There will be a short introduction in front of The Lido Cafe at 10am. The Park is open from 5am and The Cafe from 8am, so students are welcome to start work at anytime!
Materials: Drawing or Painting materials: whatever you'd like to use: Charcoal, Oil Watercolour, Pastel etc. Paper, canvas, boards, easels not supplied. Small portable canvases/boards recommended, up to about 14". Bring a seat if you need one.
Parking: Limited car parking facilities are available in Hyde Park. Pay and Display parking is available on West Carriage Drive and in Car Parks at either end of Serpentine Bridge.
Underground: South Kensington is the nearest on the South side.
Lunch: The Lido Cafe is very good.
Enquiries: Alex: 07903 311563
Hyde Park info: www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park
Time and Date
10 - 4pm
£35 per day or £100 for the all three days
Meet at The Lido Cafe
SQUARES, PARKS & GARDENS with Paul Newland RWS NEAC
Draw and paint the special London dynamic of people, nature and architecture in these fascinating places; all so different, one from another. Compare the Embankment Gardens, Hornimans Gardens, Fitzroy Square, the sequestered courtyards and graveyards to be found here and there around the capital; the fountains in Somerset House quadrangle, the goings on in Russell Sq. or Lincoln's Inn Fields or the Embankment Gardens all make extraordinary subjects. A series of workshops led by Paul Newland, exploring and challenging your approach to recording these visually challenging environments.
Further details will be supplied on enrollment.
'From The Southern Suburbs' Paul Newland. Watercolour
Time and Date
10:30 - 4pm
£35 per day or £120 for the all four days
Meet outside the
Sir John Soane Museum
Lincoln's Inn Fields.
The Spirit In The Mass: Drawing In Borough Market
Mick Kirkbride's work is characterised by an uncompromising and intense approach to detail and authenticity. In this project he aims to get some of that across to students of the Drawing School.
Finding a visual shorthand to express notions of the transient, movement and energy, exploring through sketching on the first day and continuing the next day by revisiting work, overlaying, destroying, reinstating and reworking images. Monochromatic mediums, like compressed and willow charcoal, conte and putty rubbers necessary and a sketching stool and either an A2 drawing pad, and or A2 paper and drawing board is suggested. See below for more materials suggestions. Be prepared for a hard couple of day's work!
Time and Date
11am - 4pm
£35 per day or £60 for both days
Mick will meet the group
outside London Bridge tube
on The Friday morning
at 11.00 am.
Jane Corsellis RWS NEAC will lead a masterclass, painting the River Thames, at Strand On The Green in West London. Taking the student through the process of painting a single picture, Jane will look at gathering information through drawing on the first morning, editing and selecting in the afternoon, and on the following day painting from observation followed by developmental work in the studio in the afternoon. Apart from providing plenty of subject matter, the area has plenty of parking and good pubs for lunch.
Book early to avoid disappointment; this course has a maximum number of six.
Time and Date
£100 for both days
On location, West London
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