Tutored Life Drawing Weekend: Gesture and Form, taught by Jake Spicer



This Course takes place on the weekend of Saturday 3rd December 2022 to Sunday 4th December 2022 This playful, fast paced weekend of life drawing provides a practical exercise-led introduction to gesture and form in life drawing, with a small group size and plenty of 1-2-1 support. It is suitable for all abilities, although some life drawing experience is recommended to get the most out of the weekend. The course is based on the ‘Beyond Looking’ chapter of Jake’s book ‘Figure Drawing’ and complements the two additional life drawing courses that Jake will be running at Draw over the year - you don’t need to have attended those other classes to come along.

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Day 1 On day one we’ll begin with playful and expressive exercises that help us to shake off past habits to immerse ourselves in a response process of looking and responding. As the day progresses we’ll look at how balance and lines of action inform our understanding of gesture in a pose, drawing from wide range of short poses. Day 2 On day two we’ll explore form in the pose, looking at how we can describe the three-dimensional qualities of the body without relying on light and dark, exploring cross contours and notions of weight through applied exercises. How will it work? The session will start at 10am and you are welcome to arrive from 9:45am. When you arrive at New England House you’ll need to come to the main doors next to the Building Managers Office on Level 3 and call the number in your booking email to be admitted. Once you’re at the session you’ll need to show a digital or printed receipt as proof of booking, and a negative LFT, then you’re ready to go - you can’t attend the session with a cold, flu or covid so if you’re not feeling well, just get in touch for a refund or take a look at our online alternatives. All materials and equipment will be provided, so you just need to bring yourself and plenty of energy! We’ll be working from an unclothed life model all weekend we will take a lunch break halfway through the day – you are welcome to bring a packed lunch, or to pop to the nearby Sainsbury’s, or a café on London road. Safety information When our staff get sick, they lose work outside of Draw. To protect them and everybody who comes drawing from getting ill we have: - Monitored ventilation - Air purification with HEPA filters - Free masks & hand sanitiser - Full sick pay for our freelance staff - A strict no-attendance-if-ill policy Accessibility If you have any accessibility needs, please do let us know - we’re keen to do everything we can to make sure you can enjoy the life classes here. The building has a wheelchair ramp at the North side of the New England Street entrance and lifts up to level 5.


12 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Public transport
  • Intermediate level
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Unit 1 Level 5 South, New England House, New England Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4GH