Summer Programme 2019

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 2019

 

Well it really is fantastic to be thinking about life drawing again, trying to say something significant about being human. 

You might of course just want to achieve an image resembling a figure: to get the legs long enough, the body shorter and the head smaller.  Proportion alas does not make a great life drawing, although poor proportion can spoil the impression.

To use only lines, or to shade, and what about colour?  There is no hard and fast rule.  I suggest that you look at the great masters of drawing the figure and try to push yourself in one direction, or another.

Additionally you have to accept that your skills might veer you in a particular direction, and if you are lucky you might even half like the results.  Otherwise you are in for quite a battle with disappointment and frustration—success always being a bit further off.

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.

 

Derek   

14th May 2019          

 

 

Monday

9.30 am

Tuesday

1.00 pm

 Friday

7.00 pm

Summer Term Topics

 

1

20-May-19

21-May-19

24-May-19

Quick sketch drawing in two colours.   Begin with gestural lines in reddish brown explaining the whole figure, then end with sharp observed outline in blue.

Demonstration

 

 

BH

27-May-19

28-May-19

31-May-19

Framed, Mirrored or Paired   Put two figures on a page to 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.

(Bank Holiday—no class on Mon 27 May)

 

2

03-Jun-19

 

3

10-Jun-19

04-Jun-19

07-Jun-19

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

 

4

17-Jun-19

11-Jun-19

14-Jun-19

Themed Pages   Rather than a solitary figure on the paper create a collage of figures according to a theme.  For example pages devoted to caryatids, athletes, field sports, facial expressions, dancers and more.

 

5

24-Jun-19

18-Jun-19

21-Jun-19

Line and wash Take a step into water based media.  After creating a well observed line make more of it using a brush dipped with water.  Good for watercolour pencils or pen with Quink ink.  Top tip: do not just wash over the line like a window cleaner, but carefully approach one side of the edge leaving the other side sharp and untouched. 

Demonstration

6

01-Jul-19

25-Jun-19

28-Jun-19

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.

 

7

08-Jul-19

02-Jul-19

 

Distressed Paper Use watercolour or acrylic paint to stain the paper.  Prepare at home and during the class.  You could vary the process by applying newspaper or blocks of text.

Demonstration

 

8

15-Jul-19

09-Jul-19

 

Near and Far  Suggest space by changing the scale.   A repoussoir figure—one that is set in the extreme foreground to the left or right—is most effective in emphasizing distance.

 

9

22-Jul-19

16-Jul-19

 

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

 

10

29-Jul-19

23-Jul-19

 

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

 

 

05-Aug-19

30-Jul-19

 

Summer Break

 

 

09-Sep-19

10-Sep-19

13-Sep-19

First classes of Autumn Term

 

 

Summer Term Payment

Choose a method to suit your circumstances:

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

·         Book of Five Vouchers:    £78.   No need to worry about when you can attend.  Each voucher is good for one class.  Use within twelve class weeks.  A popular choice, interchangeable across all the Buchan Street classes. 

·         In Advance Summer Term 2019 Mon/Tu (10 weeks) £124, Fri (6 weeks) £74.  Reward your commitment!   You can pay by instalments - write two cheques (£62 / £62) one post-dated 4th June 2019.  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, or full term £184 (124+62).

 

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

Materials List for Summer Term classes
Charcoal, putty eraser, brush, watercolour set or watercolour pencils, pen, ink, coloured paper.  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.