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Brief description

Life Drawing course.

Working from the life model, develop your drawing skills; explore many different media & techniques and find creative inspiration.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

For anyone of any ability who want to develop their drawing skills.

Course description in brief

The leisure course aims, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, to provide a community of craft, encouraging creativity and expression through the practice of drawing.

Each session aims to enable students to progress at their own pace. While promoting a lively and mutually supportive group, the course aims to guide students, using exercises based around the life model, in three areas:

Observational Drawing: To foster improvements in technical skill in drawing: practicing observational drawing, creating spatial illusion, experimenting with scale and composition.

Materials and Media: To encourage experimentation with a variety of materials and media. Students will also look at how other artists have exploited materials and techniques to create certain effects.
Expression: To gain an understanding that feelings and emotions can be expressed through the act of drawing.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    Developed and improved my drawing and painting skills

    Explored a variety of materials, media and techniques

    Learned and followed good health and safety protocols

    Considered how I might use my drawing and painting skills to reveal my creativity and express my feelings

    Discussed with others my own work and the work of others

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

The class is suitable for beginners and those with experience. An interest in drawing and painting, some enthusiasm and courage to ‘have a go’ and participate.

What equipment will I need for the course?


What materials will I need for the course?

To start the course the tutor will have some basic materials for you to use on the course. Art is sometimes messy; wearing overalls or old clothes is advisable even for pencil & charcoal work. Students will be expected to purchase their own materials and equipment under the advice of the tutor as the course progresses. This might include watercolour paints, pencils, drawing pen, acrylics etc. Paper can be purchased from the tutor.

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

This ten-week course will start with a brief induction including health and safety advice.
The classes will be based around exercises using the life model. The emphasis will be on developing skills rather than producing a small number of finished works. In general observational techniques and the media to be used in a session will be demonstrated at the start of the session with individual advice and guidance given as needed during the session.
There will be a break during the class to allow relaxation and discussion of work if students want to.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

Students should arrive a little early to set up easels and assemble materials. During and at the end of the class students must clear up their own space. Students need to follow the safety rules in the art studio, and act responsibly at all times.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in an informal review session at the end of each term to look at your work and evaluate how you are progressing in context with the learning outcomes.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

There are many other art courses at Swarthmore that you can enrol to or you can continue onto another term of Life Drawing.

The course will give some work suitable for folio presentation to other courses in Further and Higher Education.

The course will foster skills suitable for arts and graphics environments.

How will I say what I think about the course?

Throughout the course there are set times to evaluate and review your learning and discuss issues that may be of concern to you.
If you have any problems with the course talk to your tutor, or if you feel you can’t, make an appointment with the curriculum manager
At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
507a 2 Monday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 23 Sep 2019 to 02 Dec 2019 (10 Sessions) Full Rate £151; R Rate £119; A Rate £88
508a 2 Monday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 23 Sep 2019 to 02 Dec 2019 (10 Sessions) Full Rate £151; R Rate £119; A Rate £88
507b 2 Monday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 13 Jan 2020 to 23 Mar 2020 (10 Sessions) Full Rate £151; R Rate £119; A Rate £88
508b 2 Monday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 13 Jan 2020 to 23 Mar 2020 (10 Sessions) Full Rate £151; R Rate £119; A Rate £88
507c 2 Monday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 20 Apr 2020 to 06 Jul 2020 (10 Sessions) Full Rate £151; R Rate £119; A Rate £88
508c 2 Monday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 20 Apr 2020 to 06 Jul 2020 (10 Sessions) Full Rate £151; R Rate £119; A Rate £88

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes marked by ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘LCC’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.