Life Drawing 15 June 2024

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drawing is one of the most fascinating things to do in art and design. It is a
superb way of starting your drawing journey if you have never been there
before, and it is a never-ending theme for more advanced artists at all levels.

In everyday life, we are tuned into observing and
interpreting the bodies and movements of our fellow humans. This makes us
experts in knowing about the theme of this course!  As we 'own' and use
our own physical bodies, we bring a lot of observational and embodied
experience to drawing the model.  As the nude comes without visual
distractions on its surface like buttonholes, textile patterns, shoelaces, and
shape-changing garment silhouettes, drawing is all about observing the shape
and how it transforms in its various poses. A beautifully simple and elegant

This life-drawing Saturday session (10 am – 4
pm) is the ultimate opportunity to immerse yourself into life-drawing, to spend
time in a relaxed and friendly day-long class where time constraints are no
issue, and where losing yourself in the drawing process is on the agenda,
allowing yourself repeats of processes, changes of approaches and as many
breaks as suit you.

There will be three different models, each
posing for a block of two hours.

For each such time block, there will be
demonstrations of a selection of drawing processes by Sabine. This drawing
day-class also offers opportunities to spend time searching for and practicing
your own approaches if you wish so.


For those leaners who want to embark on their
own drawing journey for all or parts of the day, it is encouraged to have a
think ahead of the event about what materials and processes you might like to
try out and come prepared accordingly.


Sabine will support each learner individually
in as much or as little as they wish and she gives plenty of demonstrations of
a selection of drawing processes.

Beginners to life drawing are very
welcome.  Learners are encouraged to
engage with each other about their unfolding drawing journeys and there are
opportunities in each block to walk around and see and talk about others' work.


Learners should bring one or two B4 or softer
pencils and a sharpener and a colour medium of their choice – e.g. watercolours
(watercolour paper is only needed if you want to go for the full
watercolour-layering technique) or acrylic paints. Just a few colours will do. E.g.
red, yellow, blue, white (in the case of acrylics) and black. Bring inexpensive
tape to paste papers down onto the board.

Inexpensive A2 size cartridge paper can be purchased in class (A2 cartridge paper, 130 g, 18p/sheet). Learners will
draw on tables and drawing boards/trestles. The Guild does not supply easels. But
learners are also welcome to bring their own materials and papers.


The session is suited for beginners and experts

The course is taught by Sabine Kussmaul. She
is a visual artist with professional experience in Fashion, Illustration and
Fine Art. She has taught drawing in many educational settings for many years.
She is currently studying for an Mphil/PhD at the University of Chester,
researching embodied drawing and installation practices.


Please note that Sabine also teaches half-day
life-drawing events (see under EVENTS 
on the Guild’s website) and ongoing 12-week courses on a Monday night and on a
Thursday afternoon. (

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Choose a time you'd like to attend:

Jun 15, 2024 10:00am - 4:00pm

About the teacher

Sabine Kussmaul

Sabine trained as a fashion designer with the aim to combine a fascination for drawing with the exploration of the sculptural potential of the human figure. After some time...

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