Figure Summer School
Short Course - All levels EXTRA
Applications Now Open
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.
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.
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.
AssessmentThere is no formal assessment on this course.
Academic SupportThe Disability & Dyslexia 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 are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
Study Skills SupportThe Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
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.
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.
Life models and basic drawing materials will be provided: Paper support, graphite, charcoal, ink etc.
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 semester 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:
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.University Wide Facilities
The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.
Apply direct to the university using our online application form.
Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.
Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.