Life drawing – advanced with Adele Wagstaff

Ref: S2D13349

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Explore line, tone and form in this advanced life drawing course. You will explore a variety of drawing techniques through exercises using line and tone to define shade, positive and negative shapes, depth, weight and form to develop skills in drawing the human figure.

Course Description

Gain confidence and experience different drawing techniques using the figure as inspiration. Explore drawing methods that describe tone, form and volume of the figure in space, and drawing techniques using pencil, graphite, charcoal, pen/brush and ink.

Drawing directly from the nude, you will work from a number of both short and long poses ranging from five minutes to half a day. During short poses, you will experiment with materials and techniques, whilst longer poses will allow for a more sustained and considered study of the figure.

You will work through exercises using line and tone to define light and shade, positive and negative shapes, depth, weight and form. Learn to use measurements to help you achieve a greater understanding of human anatomy and proportion.

Emphasis is placed on your development and practice, and the tutor will support you with individual guidance to help you reflect and evaluate your progress. There will also be regular group discussions.

By the end of the course, you will have achieved a greater understanding of human anatomy and proportion using measurement; you will have experienced a range of drawing techniques; you will be able to confidently draw using the human figure as inspiration; you will be able to reflect on your own work and talk confidently in a group; you will have developed your own practice further.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The life model who will sit for the course

What students need to bring

  • Bring any images for inspiration, favourite life drawings/artists for discussion.
  • Any materials you have from the following list:
  • Sketchbook (A4 or A3 in size)
  • A2 Cartridge paper (A1 if preferred), A1 newsprint can be used for drawing quick poses
  • Drawing materials:
  • Willow charcoal or compressed charcoal
  • Selection of pencils B – 6B, graphite
  • White chalk
  • Putty rubber/India rubber
  • Small round brush and a large brush
  • Dipper pen
  • Black and white acrylic paint
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Small bottle of black ink
  • Plus any materials thought to be useful, tools or equipment that you use regularly that are not listed and any further drawing materials that you may have
  • Images/books that may be useful to refer to throughout the course

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art materials including: A4 and A3 sketchbooks, A1 cartridge paper, A1 newsprint,
  • willow charcoal, compressed charcoal, graphite pencils B – 6B, white chalk, putty rubber, brushes, dipper pen, black and white acrylic paint, masking tape, black ink.

Additional information

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


Adele Wagstaff

Adele is a painter and printmaker, born in Yorkshire and trained at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Slade School of Fine Art London.
She is a tutor with over 20 years teaching experience with a focus on working from direct observation of the figure, portrait and still life subjects. Adele teaches at West Dean College,
Arte Umbria, Putney School of Art and Slade School of Fine Art, London.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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