Life drawing – introduction with Sarka Darton

Ref: S1D31658

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Enjoy learning figurative drawing through a series of different exercises, focusing on tone and shape.

Course Description

This course will give you the confidence to draw the figure from a life model. The tutor will teach you different ways to observe the human form and how to translate the figurative shape into two-dimensions on paper.

Through a series of exercises focusing on tone and shape, you will learn the basics of drawing using simple materials, such as pencil, graphite, chalk, rubber and charcoal. The tutor will also show you how to simply tackle foreshortening.

You will have the opportunity to explore ways of drawing, using different techniques which will help you to portray the essence of the human body with confidence, accuracy and joy. By the end of the day, you will have completed several drawings using different techniques.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing a life model and all drawing materials, including paper, a 4B pencil, a graphite stick, chalk, an eraser and a craft knife.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of art materials, including drawing materials and paper

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear (no open-toes or sandals).


Sarka Darton

Šárka is a Czech born, artist and designer who's multimedia practice explores the relationship in between people, places and architecture in relation to the ever-changing time and space that we occupy.

Constantly seeking new ways of making and showing her work, she is a strong advocate of fundamental prominence of 'looking and seeing', which could be learned and much enhanced through the art of observational drawing.

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Further study options

Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or advance your learning with our BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making, and Place (six years part-time). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.