Anatomy for Life Drawing


8 Jul 19 – 12 Jul 19, Mon – Fri 9:30am – 4:30pm
David Briggs

Learn simple anatomical concepts to enable you to visualise the body, from any direction, and grasp the essential action of drawing. Find full details including course overview, teacher profile and materials list below. 

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Full Details

Term: Winter School 2019
Start Date: 8 July 2019
End Date: 12 July 2019
Time: Monday to Friday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 5
Teacher: Dr. David Briggs

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full fee: $780.00
Early Fee: $705.00
Concession Fee: $745.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

An artist who understands artistic anatomy is free to focus on the expressive character and rhythm of their figure drawing instead of struggling to make it look like a figure! Learn simple anatomical concepts that will enable you to visualise any part of the body, in any action, from any direction, and grasp the essential action of drawing in a few lines instead of fifty. For beginning anatomists the focus will be on the skeleton, while content is flexible for those with prior knowledge. In this workshop you will see visible improvement in your drawing skills over the course of the week.

teacher profile

Dr David Briggs trained at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney. He specialises in life drawing and painting and in relating modern scientific knowledge of colour to artistic practice. He has taught art classes since 1996 at many institutions, including six years as the life drawing instructor for Disney’s Sydney studio and, since 2009, numerous classes in life drawing, art history and theory, and practical painting at the National Art School. He is the author of an extensive website on the theory and practice of colour for painters, The Dimensions of Colour. In 2018 he was invited by the Inter-Society Color Council (USA), as part of their International Color Day event, to present a webinar on his unique approach to teaching colour for painters.

materials list

Pen and notebook to jot down notes and ideas
Cartridge paper A2 size – 50 sheets or pad of paper
2 bulldog clips
Progresso (solid woodless graphite) pencils, 2B, 4B
Kneadable (putty) eraser e.g. Faber-Castel Knetgummi art eraser
Firm white eraser e.g. Staedtler Tradition or Mars plastic
Stanley knife or similar (for sharpening) or pencil sharpener
Sheet of fine sandpaper (for sharpening)

If you already own a book covering artistic anatomy then please bring it along; otherwise you might like to wait until David discusses some of the better ones in class before buying one. A particularly good one is the Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck.

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus.

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