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Animated life drawing with Aaron Jacob Jones


About the Course

And now for something completely different!
Meet Aaron Jacob Jones, a London based artist, tutor, animator and live illustrator who has developed an innovative way of drawing for the digital age! Animated life drawing to be precise – they really take your breath away when you see them for the first time!

(Just to clarify - His creations are animated but will not show on Craft Courses gallery! Have a look on our website or social media to see the moving images!)

Aaron developed the technique himself to combine his animation background and his love of drawing from life. On this course he will show you how to create unique animations, ideal not just for social media but also for understanding the figure as a 3d structure through consistent study of multiple angles.

The learning doesn’t stop there though. Aaron is also an incredibly accomplished artist and tutor, he teaches regularly and uses loose gestural mark making and watercolours to create lovely, intimate drawings.

Aaron’s goals for this course are to help you understand and be bold with watercolour, warming you up for an introduction to animation. Seeing your drawings moving for the first time ever is a magical moment for anyone!

If you’ve ever wished you could add more colour and creativity to your life drawings, or if you’ve tried watercolour and struggled to get good results, this weekend could change your life!

Suitable for?

Anyone who has drawn from life before. Please note – complete beginners may be a little overwhelmed.

We generally advise 14 years old+ though. Please note that the life model will be undressed throughout the class.

This course is for you if:

You have some experience with life drawing, but want to improve
You want to bring a breath of fresh air and dynamism to your life drawings
You want to try watercolour painting but don’t know where to start
You have tried watercolour but it was much harder than you expected to get good results
You want to create an amazing animation to share on social media
You want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a fun, creative environment
Pre course prep

You will be sent an automated email on booking which prompts you towards a document that help you prepare for your time here. If this does not happen then please email James before the course.

A week or so before the course you will be sent an email with instructions on downloading a free app. If you’re confident doing so, please come with it installed on your phone! (If not, it’s fine, we have spare equipment and we can help you!)

Beyond the course

After the weekend you will be armed with many new skills to incorporate into your own art.

There are opportunities for you to continue to explore these at the Phoenix Studio (during our monthly life drawing classes and our other courses). We can also point you in the direction of other classes and venues local to you.

Need accommodation?

If you are travelling from further afield and would like to stay in the area for your visit then have a look at our recommended list of local B&Bs and hotels.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Informal, hands-on drawing tutoring for every student
Materials and tuition on using watercolour for life drawing
Equipment, worksheets and guidance for creating animations
Step-by-step demonstrations covering…
The basics of how watercolour works, plus do’s and don’ts
Techniques for painting the figure and fashion
Gestural mark making with paint instead of line
How to draw from life with animation in mind
How to shoot and animate your artwork

What is included in the price?

Two full days tuition (10am-4.00pm)
All materials (feel free to bring your own favourite drawing materials too)
Worksheet handouts to keep, with instructions on making animations
A life model on both days
Tea, coffee, biscuits/cakes
Use of a beautiful, purpose built art studio with all the equipment & materials you will need
Beautiful countryside setting


James Ort at The Phoenix Studio
The Phoenix Studio
Chinnor Rd
Towersey, Near Thame
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  • Accommodation offered
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Stag dos
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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