Large scale expressive life drawing with Gary Goodman

Ref: S2D31563

Book now

Places available

About this course

Explore new approaches to materials and mark-making, develop experimental drawings and paintings. Make observational drawings from a life model and use different techniques and materials to develop small sketches into a large piece of work.

Course Description

Explore new and dynamic approaches to materials and mark-making, allowing you to develop free and experimental drawings and paintings. Making observational drawings from a life model, you will use a variety of techniques and materials to develop exciting marks from sketches to a large-scale piece of work.

There will be a costumed life drawing session – an initial session, where you will create individual responses from the model who will be dressed to impress. You will work in monochrome with charcoal, ink and black and white acrylic. There will be a nude life drawing session where you will be encouraged to work expressively and freely, using various mark making approaches to create bold drawings. You will work in monochrome: charcoal, ink, acrylic paint and collage.

This will be followed by another costumed life drawing session where you will introduce colour to your drawings and paintings. You will experiment and explore with paints, inks and charcoal to give you confidence with your drawing.

Using the drawings/paintings that you have made from the model, you will further experiment with a variety of approaches to drawing that will stimulate your imagination and help you develop more consolidated artworks. You will be considering scale, impact and the third-dimension to create dramatic and striking work. You will be using conventional and unconventional materials, including simple printmaking and construction. You will also consider the place of the model in various situations and locations to culminate in a group of considered artworks that will be displayed together in the studio. The work will be made by building up, collaging onto and extending previous work.

All sessions will be supported by demonstration, individual and group tutorial, reviews and discussion.


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 College will provide the life model for the duration of the course.
  • White emulsion paint and some large scale Fabriano paper will be provided to share amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Acrylic paint in black and white (for the first evening) and a variety of colours including a red, blue and yellow
  • Brushes and decorator’s brushes
  • Indian ink – black
  • Charcoal
  • Cartridge paper and various other papers such as newsprint, sugar paper, etc.
  • Card, cardboard, printed and coloured paper
  • Glue, scissors/knife, masking tape
  • Please bring some charcoal, ink, black and white acrylic paint, brushes and paper for the first evening session.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art materials, including black Indian ink, charcoal, various papers – newsprint, sugar paper, etc., as well as cartridge paper, card, coloured paper, glue, scissors, craft knives, masking tape, white acrylic paint, brushes and decorator’s brushes.

Additional information

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


Gary Goodman

Gary Goodman is an internationally renowned visual artist and poet. He has taught in various universities, colleges and other institutions since 1987, and has exhibited and read his poems in many places around the world. His artwork is featured in many publications and his poems published in a variety of anthologies.


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

Courses of interest

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.