Experimental life drawing / Tuesdays / 10 sessions / 9.30-12.30 / 9 January – 20 March

Experimental life drawing
Dates: Tuesday 9 January – Tuesday 20 March (please note there is no session on Tuesday 13 February + two off-site sessions on Tuesday 23 January and Tuesday 13 March – see below for full course schedule)
Time: 9:30 – 12:30
Venue:  The Fine Art Room – Ealing Broadway (see below for venue info), The British Museum, Tate Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum
No of sessions:  10
No. of students:
Tutor: Mario Lautier Vella

Course fees:
Full fee: £225
Senior (aged 65+) and concessionary fee*: £180
Full fee drop in: £25 a session
Senior (aged 65+) and concessionary fee* drop in: £20 a session
Please note your course fee does not include your entrance fee to the All Too Human exhibition at Tate Britain (see below for more info), travel or food / drink whilst on our course days out

*Concessionary fees are available if you receive housing and council tax benefits, income support or jobseeker’s allowance. You will be required to provide evidence at the time of booking. Instalment payments may be available – please get in touch to discuss this further. See our terms and conditions before booking or get in touch with any questions you may have.

Discover new ways of depicting the human body. Create exciting work by exploring and experimenting with different techniques and approaches

Experimental life drawing allows you to break free from traditional academic / atelier life drawing and respond to the nude in your own unique way.

Working with a number of approaches we will consider fresh ways of working with anatomy, proportion, volume, tone, colour, our imagination and more, working with both figurative and abstract ideas in a number of media. We will also consider how artists have responded to the human form and examine their work and motivations throughout history.

The course coincides with the upcoming exhibition, All Too Human:  Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life at Tate Britain which we will visit as part of the course. We will visit the exhibition as a group in the morning before travelling to the Victoria and Albert Museum to spend an afternoon drawing and working with a selection of sculptures.

Entrance fees for All Too Human exhibition at Tate Britain:

  • Tate Members – Free
  • Adult £18.80 (£16.80 without donation)
  • Senior £17.80 (£15.80 without donation)
  • Concession £17 (£15 without donation)

We will visit the exhibition and draw in the Victoria and Albert Museum on Wednesday March 14.

We will also enjoy a research session at the British Museum to consider how various cultures and civilisations have depicted and responded to the human body.  We will visit the British Museum on Tuesday 23 January from 9am-12pm.

Please note:

  • There is no session on Tuesday 13 March
  • On Tuesday 23 January we will visit the British Museum (9am-12pm)
  • On Wednesday 14 March we will visit the All Too Human exhibition at Tate Britain. After lunch we will enjoy an afternoon drawing at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Course level: intermediate – some drawing skills essential. Prior life drawing skills not essential. Please note we will be working with both male and female nude models.

Venue: The Fine Art Room – Ealing Broadway

Your course takes place at the Ealing Quaker Meeting House.
The Ealing Quaker Meeting House is located at 17 Woodville Road
Ealing, London W5 2SE (see map)

The centre is approximately 5 minutes walk from Ealing Broadway Tube station (Central + District Lines, and mainline station 6 minutes journey to / from Paddington). Local bus routes: 65, 112, 207, 226, 297, 427, 483, 607, E1, E2, E7, E8, E9, E10 and E11. Bike racks are available to use on site.

There are a few parking spaces available at the centre but these cannot be reserved / guaranteed.  Parking restrictions are in place close to the Centre. Paid parking is available at Ealing Broadway station and Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre (approximately 6 minutes walk away). See map

Course materials:  basic materials provided. You may also want to bring an A3 or A4 sketchbook.

Your course tutor: Mario Lautier Vella has been teaching beginners how to draw since starting his teaching career in 2011.

A qualified art tutor and professional artist, drawing is a major part of Mario’s own practice. His award-winning drawings have been shown in a number of exhibitions. Mario’s 2017 solo show Home Truths featured 100 new drawings made as part of the 100 Day Project. His work can be found in collections across the UK, Australia, Canada and Malta. Find out more

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