Anatomy for Life Drawing


Early fee ends 3 December 2018

Mon-Fri 14 to 18 Jan, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Dr David Briggs

Learn simple anatomical concepts to enable you to visualise the body, from any direction, and grasp the essential action of drawing.

6 Available


Term: Summer School Week 1 2019
Start Date: 14 Jan 2019
End Date: 18 Jan 2019
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 5
Teacher: Dr David Briggs

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Age:16 and over
Early Fee: $689.00
Early Concession Fee: $655.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment


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 ultimately to grasp the essential action of the figure in a few confident lines. Beginners will focus on the structure of the skeleton, but content is flexible for those with prior knowledge.


Dr David Briggs trained at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney. He specialises in life drawing and painting and in relating modern scientific knowledge to artistic colour theory. He has taught art classes since 1996 at many institutions, including six years as the life drawing instructor for Disney’s Sydney studio and classes in drawing and art history and theory 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.


  • 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.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential

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