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Life Drawing

Life Drawing

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Eleanor Bowen


Join us for Life Drawing classes where you will explore and develop your personal approach to drawing in relation to a life model; discovering a range of expressive responses to the human form and its surrounding environment.

Through a mixture of short and long poses, you will have the opportunity to explore a range of materials, including charcoal, graphite, ink and collage.

Throughout the course we will be making reference to the figure drawing practices of artists past and present to give context to your development.

You will leave this life drawing course with a body of work which could be used towards a portfolio for degree study.

Topics Covered

  • Mark making
  • Using line
  • Shapes and structure
  • Tone and contras
  • Quick Dynamic poses
  • Expression 
  • Long sustained, poses
Course Outcomes
You will have developed your observational skills and more confident about drawing the figure in relation to its surrounding environment. You will have benefitted from exploring different methods and approaches to seeing and drawing.

Who Should Attend
Whether you are a complete beginner or looking to practise life 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 figure drawings to enhance your portfolio, or if you're considering applying to a Foundation or BA course.

Course Level
All levels welcome

Tutor Description

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:


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

  • Putty rubber

  • Variety of pencils (2B,4B,6B)

  • Graphite stick - if you have one

  • Willow charcoal sticks

  • Masking tape

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.

Available dates