Figure Drawing (Foundation and Intermediate)

1. Overview

This course focuses on the practice of observational drawing of human anatomy directly from a life model, antique casts and skeleton.

This course is recommended for students who wish to concentrate their development more specifically on the age old tradition of life drawing.

2. What you will study

Figure Drawing covers a variety of techniques and drawing approaches and encourages students to experiment with different drawing materials. The majority of classes will involve studying the human form directly from the artist's life model.

Students are encouraged to keep a sketchbook, which demonstrates their life drawing practice, individual interests and the work of influential artists. This becomes a personal journal and visual diary of their development during the course.

Foundation and Intermediate level students work alongside each other to develop their drawing skills in this class.

3. Entry Requirements

This course provides an excellent and thorough starting point for beginners learning how to draw from life or for more experienced students continuing to improve their drawing practice. Tuition will be tailored according to the students chosen level.

Students are required be at least 16 years of age at the commencement of the course.

4. How to apply

Course fee: £330

Gray's Short Course Online Registration

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU’s conditions).


Please inform Gray’s School of Art if you are withdrawing your course. Any student absent for more than 4 weeks consecutively will be contacted by the school. Should no explanation of absence be given, RGU will withdraw you from the course.


A refund is only applicable where there has been at least 4 weeks illness and a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. Additional Information

Students must provide their own drawing materials. 

View the Foundation and Intermediate Figure Drawing Materials List (PDF 104KB)

Studio equipment: easels, trestles, and drawing-boards will be provided. Paper for exhibiting purposes will be provided in week 16. A life model is provided during the course.

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.

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Start Date

Semester One: 4 Oct - 22 Nov 2018
Semester Two: 10 Jan - 28 Feb 2019

Course Length

40 hours (16 weeks)
Thursday 7.00pm - 9.30pm

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/Part-time

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