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‘Line versus Tone’ 1-day life drawing workshop with Charles Williams NEAC RWS

Whether you approach form with line like a Florentine painter or with tone like a Venetian, the linear versus the painterly, makes big differences in how you draw, how you see things and how you depict them. The facile medical reasons (‘apparently Titian was really short-sighted’) won’t do. There’s much more to it.

This workshop aims to explore this apparent dichotomy (and, like all hard and fast rules in art, it turns out that it’s no such thing. Who knew?) and try to bring things that you might have taken for granted into focus, using the life-model as a subject.

It will start with an introduction and short exercises leading to longer poses.

About your tutor: Charles Williams RWS NEAC CertRAS is a painter, writer, lecturer and currently Faculty Scholar at Canterbury Christ Church University, studying for a PhD (Practise As Research). He exhibits his work widely, in London, Europe and the USA. Formerly Programme Leader of the Fine Art degree programme at Canterbury Christ Church University, he is active in research both in and outside the University and he leads the cross-faculty Research Group ‘Drawing Edges’. He combines his academic career with a busy exhibition and publication schedule, exhibiting at the Studio 1.1 Galley in Redchurch Street, London, and was recently invited to take part in the biennial Susak Expo. He is also a writer for ‘The Artist’ magazine, where he contributes an occasional ‘musings’ column on various art world issues.


Heatherley's School of Art
75 Lots Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 ORN


£60.00 (+ booking fee) for the day

There is a 10% discount for Friends of the New English and students with an appropriate student number booking online. If you are a student you will be asked to provide your Student ID at the workshop. If you are eligible for a discount please email stating which discount you are eligible for and you will be emailed a special code to use when booking your tickets.

Dates & times

Saturday 7 December 2019

10:30 – 16:00 


Please bring your own materials, some basic paper will be supplied.

There is a materials shop on site if required.

There are tea and coffee making facilities on site and cafes nearby - but you might want to bring a packed lunch.

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