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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Gillian Melling
  • Course Code W22PDGE06A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Develop observational skills through the use of a life model. This is an intensive study of the human form. All abilities welcome. Beginners are guided through 6 week drawing course.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyse the proportions of the figure
  • Have an understanding of form, weight and anatomy
  • Observe to understand the pose and the composition
  • Work with a range of drawing and painting media
  • Use light and tone to create form
  • Mix colour


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will draw from male and female models who are booked for 3 sessions at a time. You'll have the opportunity to work on both on short studies and a sustained pose over the 3 sessions. If you are a beginner, you'll be introduced to drawing the figure in charcoal, pencil/ graphite and line and wash and can choose to progress onto painting in acrylic, watercolour or oil. If you are a returning student, or come with experience, you can pursue personal projects working in your chosen media.

    Entry requirements

    Energy and enthusiasm and an interest in the human figure. Some drawing and or painting experience is helpful (e.g. Drawing for beginners or Painting for beginners).

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This course takes place in the drawing and painting studio D11 which is on the first floor above the gallery and is accessible by stairs. There is no lift access. The painting studios have been adapted to be a Covid safe working environment with a maximum of 8 learners and you will be expected to comply with the distancing guidance. We strongly advise that you bring and wear a face protector and you will be asked to wash your hands on arrival. While work stations will be sanitised before your session, you will be required to wipe down your chair, easel and table before you leave using the disinfectant sprays and paper towel provided

    What you need

    During Covid 19 restrictions you will need to bring your own materials as it is not advisable to share: Charcoal, soft pencils, erasers, paints and pastels etc Sketchbook A5 or A4, drawing board clips and/or masking tape. Paper will be provided. Materials are not currently available to buy at the college but advice on materials will be given in the first session. You should bring and wear a face protector. Although hand sanitiser will be provided on the door, it will also be useful to carry your own.

    What you can do next

    Further and part time drawing & painting courses at Morley College, part time & full time fine art courses, Morley Pre-foundation, Morley Art Foundation, BTEC, BA & MA.