The Figure in Context Drawing Course with Sophie McKay Knight

Duration: 1 hour
Price: £75.00

6 week course

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Explore the different techniques of drawing the figure in motion!

In this figure in context drawing course you will explore drawing the figure in various different circumstances, situations and settings. Each week will focus on a different context for the figure and explore line, tone and other techniques along the way. Sophie will guide you through each session with fun exercises and examples from art history; helping you build on the skills developed during previous weeks. No experience of 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 – 02nd May: The Figure in Motion
This week will explore how the body moves when it is walking, running or dancing.

Week 2 – 16th May: The Figure in the Landscape.
So many artists tackle this huge topic which will be considered this week in our own way.

Week 3 – 23rd May: The Figure at Work.
Everyone has to work sometimes and this week will look at how different artists have depicted the topic, as well as having a go at drawing some examples.

Week 4 – 13th June: The Figure Within the Family Group.
Madonna and child; brothers and sisters; couples and friends. Families come in all shapes and sizes and
this week will explore some imagery around this interesting area.

Week 5 – 20th June: The Figure in Mythology.
Gods and Goddesses have preoccupied artists for centuries and this week will have a look at some of these images, as well as trying a few ourselves.

Week 6 – 27th June: The Resting Figure
After all that effort we will have a look at how the figure looks when it is asleep or resting.

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

What you’ll learn:

  • The basic skills, techniques and methods of sketching the human figure.
  • The confidence to develop your drawing skills at a pace that suits you.
  • Tips on how to approach different features of the figure you want to capture.

What you’ll need:

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

  • Any white paper
  • Any coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Marker pen or felt tip pen
  • Any soft pencil (eg 6b)
  • Willow charcoal
  • Hard rubber

For expressive exercises (optional):

  • Water soluble black pen
  • 1 x thin paintbrush
  • 1 x thicker paintbrush
  • Willow charcoal
  • Compressed charcoal
  • Chalk pastels or conte crayons
  • kitchen roll
  • Water

Your Tutor

Sophie McKay Knight is an artist who works in St 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 live classes

Our ‘live’ 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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