Drawing Essentials: Understanding the Human Form and Anatomy at the Royal Academy

Learn the essentials to drawing and understanding the human form and anatomy in the Royal Academy’s historic Life Room, a space purpose-built for life drawing, with practising artists Adele Wagstaff and Andy Pankhurst.

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Week 1 – The Male Form
Week 2 – The Female Form
Week 3 – The Interaction of Two Figures: Dancers (Male & Female)
Week 4 – The Interaction of Two Figures: ‘Wrestlers/Action poses’ (Male)

Explore the human form by studying the anatomy of the human figure through a series of poses from both individual figures and of two models working together. Working from different and varied life models, and using a range of poses and art materials, this course will introduce and explore the human anatomy in depth through a variety of resting and action poses under the guidance of practising artists Adele Wagstaff and Andy Pankhurst.

During this four-week course, participants will focus on the entire human figure, working under different light conditions, with different materials, in black and white as well as in colour, and using a variety of short as well as long poses.

The course will reference and make use of expertly selected items from the Royal Academy’s own Archives and Collection – a unique and exceptional scholarly reference and teaching tool which has informed artists and their practice since the Royal Academy’s foundation in 1768. As well as learning from carefully chosen archival material, participants will develop skills in observation, representation and rendition.

RA life room2

Each session will be clearly defined by how structure and anatomy influence a particular series of poses with male and female models, both independently and by working together.

Price per session: £80
Price for all four sessions: £290

Monday 5 September:
Week one – The Male Form

Monday 12 September:
Week two – The Female Form

Monday 19 September:
Week three – The Interaction of Two Figures: Dancers (Male & Female)

Monday 26 September:
Week four – The Interaction of Two Figures: Wrestlers/Action poses (Male)

Each session is from 6 – 9pm Participants can attend individual evening sessions or all four.

The course includes:
• The opportunity to work from life models
• Special reference to works in the Academy library and archives on anatomy
• All practical materials


To book a place please visit the Royal Academy website

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