Ages and Stages – drawing the Figure throughout Life with Sophie McKay Knight (6-week course)

Duration: 1 hour
Price: £75.00

6 week course

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Ages and Stages – drawing the Figure throughout Life

This mixed media drawing course will explore drawing the figure throughout life, noting where it changes and/or stays the same at different ages and stages. No experience in drawing the figure is necessary as everyone will be encouraged to work at their own level within a relaxed and friendly environment.

Course Outline

Week 1 – Our first week will be an introduction to the course and materials, followed by a consideration of how babies and small children can be depicted in art. 

Week 2 – Toddlers and preschool kids can be funny and fun, as well as naughty and tiring! This week will look at how art history has treated them and explore how we might draw them.

Week 3 – Our third session will focus on older children and young teenagers. Particularly focusing on how their faces change during this phase.

Week 4 – Young adults. Is this the best age? This week will look at how older teenagers and young adults are often depicted and have a go at drawing some ourselves.

Week 5 – Week 5 will consider the middle years. How is the body changing? Does our life experience start to show in the face and expression? 

Week 6 – Old age. Many artists have tackled this rich and expressive life stage and we will consider the changes that happen at this time of life and reflect on the previous week’s work.

Sophie will provide reference photos to work from during class, but participants are
welcome to bring their own photos to practice on.

What you’ll need:

To join this 6-week course, our tutor suggests that you have the following materials.

  • Any white paper
  • Any coloured paper 
  • Torn magazine pages or newspaper
  • Watercolour paper
  • Pritt-stick
  • Scissors
  • Marker pen or felt tip pen
  • Any soft pencil (eg 6b)

For expressive exercises (optional):

  • Water
  • Water soluble black pen
  • 1x Thin Paintbrush
  • 1 x Thicker Paintbrush
  • Any water-based paint (Acrylic/Watercolour/Gouache all fine)
  • Willow Charcoal
  • Compressed Charcoal
  • chalk pastels or conté crayons
  • Kitchen roll

Your Tutor

Sophie McKay Knight is an artist who works in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Having studied Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art & University between 1992-1997, Sophie has been a practicing professional artist ever since and has worked professionally with St Andrews University, Art in Healthcare, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Fife Cultural Trust, Perth & Kinross Council and Tate Gallery, Liverpool. Sophie has also been a committee member with Visual Arts Scotland, and given workshops across a variety of venues for adults and children.

Joining our online classes

Our online classes will take place via Zoom. We’d recommend using a laptop or desktop if possible to make it easier for you to take part. Upon booking your class, you will receive an email confirmation with full details of how to join and your link to the Zoom class.

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