Life drawing with Tim Patrick

Ref: SWE32925

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About this course

A guide through the fundamentals of drawing the figure – experiment with techniques and materials to help nurture your own idiosyncrasies and interests.

Course Description

Life drawing is at the heart of so many artists’ practices – from early Greek painters to Lucian Freud, the human form and its perception by another can yield a plurality of approaches and encounters.

You will be guided through the fundamentals of drawing the figure – experimenting with techniques and materials to help nurture your own idiosyncrasies and interests. Focusing on both the figure and its surrounds, the aim of the course is to enjoy and explore the methods and approaches that can be discovered in relation to the model.

Working alongside the tutor, for whom representation and the figure are key to his practice, you will work through various exercises and approaches as a group whilst simultaneously engaging one-to-one with the tutor. Looking at line, tone, volume, mark-making and gesture, the aim is that you will nurture an approach that can be perpetuated beyond the life room and the course.


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


  • On this course, the College will supply all materials, including charcoal, a hog bristle brush, sugar paper, cartridge paper, graphite stick and newsprint, along with some India ink and pastels to share.
  • The model who will sit for the course is also included.

What students need to bring

  • Apron/old clothes

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good supply of general drawing materials including charcoal, India ink, sugar paper, cartridge paper, newsprint, graphite sticks (6B) and pastels.

Additional information

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


Tim Patrick

Tim Patrick (b.1988) is an artist based in London and the South West. Having initially trained in traditional portrait painting in Florence, Italy, Tim subsequently studied in Brighton and the Royal Drawing School in London. His work was recently exhibited in the 2018 Threadneedle Prize and various exhibitions in London.


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

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