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Dynamic life drawing into painting with Clare Rose

Life drawing class at the Courtyard Art Studio by Clare Rose

About the Course

Drawing and painting from the life model is a time honoured tradition, strengthening your technical abilities and painterly responses to the human figure and our shared environment.

This 2 day course will provide you with the opportunity to work directly from the life model, with a different model each day. With Clare’s guidance, you will begin with expressive drawings from quick gestural poses, working up to longer poses and on to drawings that develop and demonstrate your understanding of proportion, line, tone and composition.

The morning of day 2 will introduce you to drawing directly with paint, mixing flesh tones, utilising a limited and extended palette and paint application that explores a variety of brushes and mark making implements. The last 3 hours of the course will be devoted to painting one life pose that incorporates skin tones, mood and the models’ real or imagined environment.

Clare will encourage you to develop work at a relaxed but immersive momentum. Her methods will also help you to develop the process of manipulating oil paints, embrace happy accidents and to progress from a starting point while still referring to composition, tonal and colour guides.

This course will give you plenty of 1-1 instruction from Clare, as well as informal group critiques and discussions, helping to further your knowledge and enjoyment of working from the life model.

It is suitable for all levels of experience and beginners are most welcome.

You will be encouraged to experiment and fully engage with the painting and drawing process, while worrying less about the end ‘product’. You will leave with a greater understanding about the use of oil or acrylic paint. During this course you can expect to complete at least 1 ‘worked up’ or finished painting and a sketchbook well stocked with drawings, technical notes and inspiration.

What to bring:

A full materials list with recommendations will be sent out closer to the course.

A3 –A1 cartridge paper

A selection of flat and round brushes sizes 5, 6, 8, 10 and half inch to 3 inch (you can get some excellent synthetic brushes quite cheaply now) plus a size 6 rigger or drawing brush is useful

Old credit/store cards for mark making

Any additional brushes, palette knives etc. that you wish to use

Oil or acrylic paints in a range of colours. Please ensure that your paints are of a decent student quality - if you require any advice about this, please contact us (also see below)

Grounds e.g. primed canvasses or boards (approximate sizes A4, A3, A1) in landscape and/or square format, if desired.

A propelling pencil 0.9mm or range of pencils B to 6B

Putty rubber and hard rubber

A5 size or larger sketch book

Protective apron or old clothes

All other tools, equipment and studio sundries will be supplied in The Studio.

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?

Tea, coffee, biscuits and cold refreshments will be available throughout the day. Lunch is not provided, although The Phoenix Kitchen, just next door, provides an array of meals, light lunches and snacks. Alternatively, there is a fridge and microwave in the studio kitchen for you to use if you prefer to bring your own lunch.
Please see the section above on what materials you need to bring with you.

Material fee:
If you would like to use The Studio’s oil or acrylic paints, there will be an additional £10 materials fee payable on the day.


Peter and Kimberley Keegan at The Courtyard Art Studio
The Courtyard Art Studio
Claydon Courtyard, Claydon Estate,
Middle Claydon
MK18 2EX
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Suitable for

  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users

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