Drawing Dance and Movement (Saturdays) - Nottingham Trent University



This course is a lively exploration of the anatomy of the body - its proportions, silhouettes and movement through dance.

It’s an ideal way to explore contemporary approaches to life drawing that express energy and movement.

It’s open to beginners looking for a new challenge as well as those already familiar with life drawing who are looking to try a fresh approach.

Whilst there is a wealth of life drawing classes out there, very few use a constantly moving figure to develop contemporary approaches to drawing.

Through direct observation you’ll explore the different ways to express movement, angles and the energy of dance, developing a range of responses and a series of accomplished drawings.

On this course, you will:

- complete quick practical drawing tasks
- take into account proportion, form and composition
- explore contemporary ideas to mark-making and drawing techniques
- develop an individual style
- experiment with a variety of different mediums
- receive one-to-one feedback and group critiques.

What will I gain?

You’ll leave this course with an increased confidence in drawing and an improved understanding of the body in motion.

You’ll have a deeper understanding of key drawing concepts and a greater awareness of your own individual creativity.

Level: Open to all

Entry requirement: Beginners as well as those with some drawing experience are welcome.

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the Waverley Building, a beautifully restored, listed building with real design heritage in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You will work in the Dame Laura Knight studio: a large, airy life drawing space that is well-equipped with easels, lighting rigs and space to develop your ideas and create exciting work.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Tutor profile: Helen Gentle has over fifteen years teaching experience within art education, and has an creative background rooted within art and design, with an undergraduate degree in 3D Design and an Masters in printmaking.

She has a passion for drawing in every aspect; teaching drawing within the design process, developing drawing as a means of visual language, and as an artistic form of expression.

Helen currently teaches on the undergraduate courses at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in life drawing and mark making.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University


50 Shakespeare Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


2 weeks (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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