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Intro to Life Drawing Course

Stan Matwychuk

The human figure is one of the most enduring themes in the visual arts. From studio practices in antiquity to abstract modernist interpretations, figure drawing remains to this day an essential art practice.

Introduction to Life Drawing will begin with drawn exercises and progress into more detailed charcoal studies. Over the seven weeks course sessions will cover structure, perspective, anatomy, proportion, foreshortening, form, line, tone and more. Beginning with various techniques and progressing into exciting still life projects, the class will finally climax with traditional life drawing sessions.

Life drawing can be applied to countless art genres such as portraiture, cartooning, illustration, sculpture and medical illustration to name a few. Approaches can remain very simple through practices such as gestural drawing or move towards something more detailed, using charcoal, pencil or other drawing tools.

Taught by contemporary artist Stan Matwychuk the course will be held Thursday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the National Gallery for eight weeks beginning April 23rd 2009. Course fees are CI $160 with a 10% discount for Gallery members. Materials are included!

Space is limited so please register by contacting Kaitlyn at or by calling the Gallery at 945-8111.