This online class is designed for those who are brand new to life drawing and for those who may have some familiarity with life drawing and want to develop their skills further. Our goal will be to learn how to render the human figure in a realistic manner using an online nude model as a reference.
The format for the sessions will be as follows: First the instructor will provide examples and demonstrations of helpful strategies for students to try. Then the nude model will pose live online while the class works on a sketch of the model using the strategies. The instructor will provide regular direction, feedback, and tips to everyone on an individual basis.
Life drawing provides a disciplined approach for training the eye to notice subtleties in proportion, perspective, form, and tone. It is very helpful for improving skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Naturalistic life drawing is also a necessary foundation for advanced animation and character design.
We will be working in charcoal, pencil, and pastels.
This course is for anyone who wants to improve their drawing skills and is also ideal for students who want to add a valuable life drawing component to their portfolios for post-secondary visual arts/animation programs.
Details & Registration
Dates: Tuesday Evenings - February 2 to March 2, 2021
Times: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Price: $195 for non-members, $150 with a membership
Skill Level: Beginner
Special Note: This workshop is online. Students will need access to a computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet and have downloaded the Zoom app before class begins.
Registration has now closed.
What Students will Learn
- Fundamentals of drawing from a live nude model
- Strategies for rendering naturalistic human figures including basic human proportion, gesture, silhouette, positive and negative space, foreshortening, line quality and shading
- How to use compressed charcoal sticks, charcoal pencils, and graphite pencils for life drawing
About the Instructor
Paul Paradiso, B.A., B.Ed., OCT
Paul studied at OCADU and worked as a professional graphic designer and illustrator for several years. He also worked in the publishing and printing industries prior to becoming a teacher in 2007. He has taught Visual Arts to all grades as well as adults. Paul currently teaches in the Peel District School Board.
A kit of all basic materials will be provided. The kit will include large newsprint pads, charcoal sticks, pastels, and other items. If students wish to explore the use of other drawing materials, they are welcome to use them.