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Figure Summer School

Short Course - All levels EXTRA
Figure School - 4 Day (All levels EXTRA)

Spend 4 days of concentrated study on the human form, receiving tuition from a highly experienced lecturer and practising artist.

This course offers the opportunity to learn/develop your skills in the age old tradition of life painting and drawing in the studios of Gray’s School of Art.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

To be confirmed

Course Length

24 hours
Monday to Thursday
10:00am - 4:00pm

Over four days the model environment will be developed and informed, to encourage a stimulating approach to figure study.

On this course you will be able to create a more substantial final outcome compared to the usual (shorter posed) courses generally on offer. You will work from a two model composition.

This course will support traditional & experimental life drawing techniques, enabling the challenge of artistic abilities & boundaries with like-minded fellow artists.

You will be encouraged to examine your current approach to life study and respond to a compositional dialogue that will be created of the figure in space.

Students will be encouraged to talk about their work, exchange ideas, as well as critique their practice and creative investigations during the course.

Several professional models will present a structured series of poses specifically tailored to practise intuitive, analytical and investigative observational process suitable for drawing and painting outcomes.



The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning Methods

Methods of delivery include: class talks, demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.

You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.

You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.

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


There is no formal assessment on this course.

Academic Support

Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty.

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.


Tailored to the individual. Open to participants wishing to revisit or maintain their figure & life drawing practice and for beginners seeking advice and improvement.

This course will also be of particular interest to portfolio builders, existing students and practicing artists wishing to further develop their life drawing skills with a concentrated period of study.

Tuition will be tailored to participants on an individual basis.

Required Age

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of the course.
  • Course fee: £385

Materials & Equipment

Students are welcome to bring any art materials they wish to support their drawing practice with.

Studio equipment: easels, trestles, and drawing-boards will be provided.

You must provide the materials for your main piece of work - whether that be for a drawing or painting. The Gray's School of Art shop will be open for the duration of the course and your lecturer will offer you guidance. If painting you will require:

  • A selection of oil paints.
  • A selection of brushes; palette or mixing tray; jars or tubs for holding media and cleaning brushes; rags for cleaning.
  • A solvent substitute such as Sansador or Zest-it. No turpentine or white spirit will be permitted.
  • Painting support: (paper, card, canvas board or canvas, size variable, around A3).


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.

Gray's Art Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each term to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

Email the Gray's Short Course Team

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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