Summer 2018 Programme

At Buchan Street since 1994

Mondays 9.30am – 12.15pm

Tuesdays 1.00 – 3.30pm

Fridays 7.00 – 9.30pm

Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre, 6 Buchan Street, Cambridge CB4 2XF

Life Drawing
with Derek Batty

Summer Programme 2018

 

Both beginners and more experienced artists will find something to gain from this challenging Summer Programme.

New students will get a significant boost from Artistic Looking in week one with easy ways of getting proportion and pose correct.

If you are looking for a greater challenge however you could follow my demonstration in you in week seven and draw with a brush.  I find it helpful at first to imagine the brush as a pencil as though working with what we know and are familiar with.   

Later you could join me in the perilous journey of watercolour.  Perilous because given a box of colours all our skill with tone, which comes so easily when we use charcoal, is readily discarded.

However these ideas are in addition to the regular format of the life drawing class.   I book two models for each session and pay careful attention to the lighting, poses and props.  You are most welcome to use the materials you prefer and follow your own artistic programme.

So more great life drawing coming soon with models in interesting poses as ever to awaken your artistic talent.

 

Looking forward to drawing again with you.

 

Derek   

9th April 2018          

 

Monday

9.30 am

Tuesday

1.00 pm

 Friday

7.00 pm

Summer Term Topics

1

16-Apr-18

17-Apr-18

20-Apr-18

Artistic Looking  Methods of drawing to get the image right.   Some artists can just do it.  Others of us have to raise the process of drawing into consciousness. Techniques such as looking at the spaces around a subject can transform your work.  These methods might seem too rational and contrived at first but with practice you assimilate the tricks and just do it, like the other clever artists. 

Demonstration.

2

23-Apr-18

24-Apr-18

27-Apr-18

Framed, Mirrored or Paired   Put two figures on a page and immediately suggest context and conversation.  Perhaps place a frame around one figure and so suggest a mirror;  or create a pair of drawings, male and female, each pose echoing the other.

3

30-Apr-18

01-May-18

04-May-18

Alluring Outline  Just follow the line and draw, looking only at the model and not checking your paper.  Done properly you get a very taught, observed, and caricatured line, reminiscent of the of the work of Egon Schiele.

Demonstration.

BH

07-May-18

08-May-18

11-May-18

Twisting Turning and Contorted  Our models take up extreme poses.

(Bank Holiday—no class on Mon 7 May)

4

14-May-18

5

21-May-18

15-May-18

18-May-18

Portrait    Every figure needs a half-decent head so today make a special effort with the portrait.  Begin with the eyes and work from this point of reference around the face.  Outstanding results guaranteed!

Demonstration.

BH

04-Jun-18

22-May-18

25-May-18

Longer Pose  Take your drawing beyond the first few inspirational marks.  Avoid starting again when you notice the first disappointment and gain confidence by correcting your work on the paper, no matter how drastic.  This is when real, long term progress is achieved.

(Bank Holiday—no class on Mon 28 May)

6

28-May-18

7

11-Jun-18

29-May-18

01-Jun-18

Three Toned Ink and Brush    Begin with the lightest of ink mixes to sketch out the figure.  Limit your marks to the dark lines and tones. You might for example only draw lines on one side of the form and let the viewer’s imagination fill in the blanks.  Corrections are made with ever darker ink mixes – the earlier washes becoming just a tonal background.  

Demonstration.

8

18-Jun-18

05-Jun-18

08-Jun-18

Cast Shadows can be problematic when falling across the figure - they cut across like a piece of drapery.  However today with figure in a white setting notice the fall of the shadows and so suggest space and drama.

9

25-Jun-18

12-Jun-18

15-Jun-18

Developing a Line in Watercolour    Mix up a weak wash of blue – brown and apply just like you did for ink in week seven.  Just try to use the colour tonally like we do naturally with ink, or charcoal, or pencil.  Keep off the lure of colour while you master the difficulties of mixing washes (never take colour directly from the pan), using a brush and managing watercolour.

Demonstration.

10

02-Jul-18

19-Jun-18

22-Jun-18

Dancers  We try to create the ambience of a dance class

11

09-Jul-18

26-Jun-18

29-Jun-18

Colourful Brush   Substitute bright yellow for your weak wash.  Make every brush mark count.  Continue with marks of cadmium red and reinforce with pure ultramarine and purple.  Take a risk and accept that you will have some terrible pictures, but maybe one will be brilliant!

Demonstration.

12

16-Jul-18

03-Jul-18

06-Jul-18

On the Beach  Poses and props related to the seaside.

(Monday 16 July Outdoors at  Midnight Garden at Willow End, Great Shelford CB22 5EN  Special instructions apply. You must bring a chair.  At BS if raining or cold.)

13

23-Jul-18

10-Jul-18

13-Jul-18

Busy Pages Sketchbook Ideas    Learn how to use your drawing skill away from the class by developing confidence with your sketchbook.   For example you could crowd all the quick sketches onto a double page as though you are drawing at the airport or from memory where each attempt might be just a scribble.  Overall these loose ideas add up to an interesting scene.

Demonstration.

14

30-Jul-18

17-Jul-18

20-Jul-18

Longer Pose  Use the extra time to overcome those recurring problems such as poor figure placing, big heads and short legs.

 

06-Aug-18

24-Jul-18

27-Jul-18

Summer Break

 

03-Sep-18

04-Sep-18

07-Sep-18

First class of Autumn Term

Spring Term Payment

Choose a method to suit your circumstances:

·            On the day for maximum flexibility:  £18.00 per class.

·            Five Class Vouchers:    £78   No need to worry about when you can attend.  Each voucher is good for one class.  Valid for 12 class weeks across terms .

·            Summer Term 2018 (14 weeks) £172  Reward your commitment!   You can pay by instalments - write two cheques (£86 / £86) one post-dated 1st June 2018.  Cheques should be made payable to Derek Batty.  Make up missed classes at other times during the term.

 

Special offer: attend twice in one week and get the second class at half-price, for example, half a voucher.

 

Internet Banking:  You can make a payment over the internet using the details in the printed programme.  Alternatively you could pay now via Paypal using my email as account locator.

Materials List for Summer Term classes
Conté set (earth red, black and white).   Watercolour set or watercolour pencils, brush, pen, ink. Lidded jar filled with water or Pentel Aqua Brush.  Sketchbook (A4 or A5), pencils, clear 30cm ruler, bag for everything. No fixative please.  Some basic materials are available for you to buy in the class including those specified in the programme.  Other materials are provided for you to try out. So no need to worry about bringing in the right things! 

 

Models tip:  voluntary donation at the end of the class - suggested amount 80p.  

 

Facebook Group  Link up with others connected with the classes.  Search for the Facebook group Cambridge Life Drawing and send a request to join.