Cast Drawing Workshop

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Cast Drawing Workshop

29 April, 2019 to 03 May, 2019

GBP 435

371 Clapham Rd, London, England SW9 9BT

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Using a sight-size set up and methods taught on our full-time course, students will create a competent reproduction of a cast of their choice. Students will be guided through the process of drawing from the cast from start to finish including set up and lighting advice so that they may recreate a similar arrangement at a later date.

Since the Renaissance cast drawing has been fundamental to artistic training across Europe. Artists as diverse as Rembrandt, Ingres and David all championed cast drawing as an essential part of their education. At LARA we take cast drawing very seriously. We understand it to be a highly effective way to develop an artist’s draughtsmanship and for this reason our full and part-time students spend half of their drawing day in the cast room, working on projects of increasing complexity.

This Cast Drawing Workshop will be an intensive introduction to the practice of sight-size cast drawing. Students of all abilities are welcome to attend and each student will receive the attention and instruction they require to move their drawing skills to the next level.

This short course would be a perfect introduction to representational drawing (particularly for those unsure of the challenge of drawing the live model), a great refresher for the more experienced artist or a fantastic insight into life as a student at LARA.

10% discount for school art teachers

Calling all school art teachers! We’re offering you a 10% discount on this Cast Drawing Workshop. All you need to do is send us proof that you work full-time as an art teacher at a UK school. Please call or email us to make arrangements.

Students work on one cast drawing for the full five days. Each day is divided into two three hour sessions with a one hour lunch break halfway through. At the beginning of each session the tutor will explain and demonstrate a key concept of cast drawing before giving individual critiques as students progress their drawings.

Aims of the Course

On the first day the tutor will explain the different challenges of each of the simple feature casts available so that students may choose which project to work on. The tutor will also explain the particular strengths of pencil and charcoal so students can make an informed decision as to which they would prefer to use. There will be a clear demonstration of how to work in sight-size and of how to sharpen your pencil or charcoal to create the most communicative marks.

Keys concepts covered include: the block-in, contour line, shadow shape, the classical order of light, line versus mass drawing, values, edges (sharp and soft), simultaneous contract, the balance of variety and unity, modelling, reflected light, focus and design. Students will also be introduced to the use of plumb-lines, sticks, and clear and black mirrors.