Understanding the structure of the human figure and the way it's situated within a space is an essential practice for anyone keen to develop their observational skills. On this course, we will encourage you to explore and develop your personal approach to drawing, with ongoing references to...

Taught by: Eleanor Bowen.

  • Description

    Understanding the structure of the human figure and the way it's situated within a space is an essential practice for anyone keen to develop their observational skills. On this course, we will encourage you to explore and develop your personal approach to drawing, with ongoing references to artists past and present. Through a series of drawing exercises, your tutor will provide you with advice and guidance tailored to your individual needs. You will have the opportunity to investigate a broad mix of materials, including charcoal, graphite, ink and collage, and discover a range of expressive responses to the human form and its surrounding environment.

    Course Outcomes
    You will have developed your observational skills and be more confident about drawing the figure and its surrounding environment. You will have benefitted from exploring different methods and approaches to seeing and drawing.

    Who Should Attend
    Whether you are a beginner or are looking to practise your figure drawing, this course will help you to develop your skills and confidence in an open and supportive environment. It would suit you if you're looking to build up a strong body of drawings to enhance your portfolio, or if you're considering applying to a Foundation or BA course.

    Course Level
    All levels welcome


  • Tutor information

    Eleanor Bowen is a visual artist and writer, currently with a studio practice in London. She holds an MA in Visual Art and Theatre  from Wimbledon College of Arts as well as a practice-based PhD . She is currently an associate lecturer at the University of the Arts London  and has taught on the MA Art Theory and MRes programmes.

    Recent commissions and exhibitions include ACME 40th anniversary website commissions 2013; Doing Time, a Line Around a Prison (ongoing);
    Art on Fire, Camberwell Space (2011); Ruth Borchard Portrait Exhibition, Kings Place Gallery, 2011 (drawing purchased as a new acquisition). Her sketchbooks have been shown in Manual Setting, Daniel Arnaud Gallery (2011) and Many Hands, Royal Society (2011). Publications include ‘Drawing and Longing: Proposal for Drawing as Paratext’, (UAL) ; ‘Between Laughter and Crying’, co-written with Dr Laura Gonzalez in ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, Oxford, Inter-Disciplinary Press (forthcoming).

    For examples of early and current work see:
    www.eleanorbowen.co.uk
    www.flickr.com/photos/art-on-fire/sets/72157630618113278

    www.flickr.com/photos/46443229@N08/sets

  • Materials

    Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

    • Putty rubber
    • Variety of pencils (2B,4B,6B)
    • Graphite stick - if you have one
    • 3 or 4 Medium Willow charcoal sticks

    Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Details for booking

Date Day of Week Time Duration Cost Status Location Action
11/08/2014 - 14/08/2014 Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 16:00 4 Days £415 Available John Islip St - SW1P Add to Basket
10/08/2015 - 13/08/2015 Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 16:00 4 Days £445 Available John Islip St - SW1P Add to Basket