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Painting The Life Model

Painting The Life Model

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Guy Noble


Life painting and drawing has been a central preoccupation for artists for hundreds of years and continues to fascinate new generations. This incredible tradition has produced images as varied as paintings by Michelangelo to the extraordinary work of Picasso. This course will equip students with both practical know-how, a deeper understanding of this tradition and of how contemporary artists work with the model. 

Topics covered

  • Colour: mixing and practical aspects of colour theory and examine it’s usefulness; acrylic and oil.
  • Scale: how the size and scale of the image affects the work
  • Composition: how to arrange the model on the canvas
  • Drawing with paint: the relationship between drawing and painting.

During the course we will make several small paintings exploring the areas outlined above working with the model in the studio. We will have one model assuming the same pose; this will allow us to develop a single painting that breaks new ground for each student.  We will also visit a gallery, either the Tate or National, and look closely at some examples of figure painting. Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in working directly from the model and would suit those who have previously done a short course in drawing or painting or who have had some experience of life drawing. 

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Guy Noble is an experienced tutor and a practising artist who has exhibited internationally. He studied at the Byam Shaw, Spain and Italy. Guy teaches a number of painting and drawing courses at Central Saint Martins, including Abstraction Painting, Painting and Personal Inspiration and Introduction to Drawing. You can check his website at


Materials will be discussed on the first day of the session or communicated prior to the start date

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