Beautiful Bodies Life Drawing

This class is for 7 - 18 students

Designed for those who love to draw the figure and wish to develop their expressive and observational skills. 

A female or male art model poses each week in a variety of poses. Pina guides students in developing spontaneous drawing skills, observation of gesture, strategies for perspective and techniques to create 3D tonal effects. Experiment with and learn to use a range of drawing media such as charcoal, pastels and more and learn creative, contemporary approaches to life drawing. Pina's class covers structural anatomy as it relates to life drawing and provides a strong foundation to drawing practice through visual analytical approaches. 

This course is suitable for enthusiastic beginners, intermediate and advanced. A $70 model fee for the 9 week course is to be paid in cash to tutor on the first class of term.** 

To see some of Pina's work visit Facebook: Pina Bartolo Art.

Eckersley’s Art & Craft

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*Discount applies on presentation of course receipt or materials list. Stores included are Eckersley’s Chatswood, North Sydney & St. Leonards.

**This fee may vary if class goes ahead with less than 12 participants. Enrolled students will be notified in advance of the class starting if this is the case.

*During COVID: Students studying on-site at NSCC will be expected to assist their tutor in a post-course clean down of the room & anything used during this time. Please understand we are putting in strict protocols across the board to ensure the safety of our entire community.

Materials List

1. You will need the following for the first 2 weeks: 2x Bulldog Clips, A2 Paper pads or loose we use about 5-10 sheets a session (choose from cartridge, economical sketch paper, brown paper or a combo of both), Willow Charcoal (a box per term M medium size), Compressed Charcoal Sticks (hard and soft), Charcoal Pencil (I prefer woodless or "unwrappable' as they are easier to sharpen, wood cases if you are good with a blade for sharpening), 3b Pencil (graphite or woodless or similar).

2. We will use the following from week 3: Soft White Pastel, Peach Pastel, Rust Pastel and Navy Pastel/Dark Brown, Gum Rubber, Paper Stump, Soft Cloth. Optional Extras: these will be introduced to you during the term: Roller Ball Pen, Graphite Wedge/Stick, Coloured Pastels (buy 3 cool colours in light medium and dark, 3 warm colours in light medium and dark), Pastel Paper in darker richer colours, Fixative, A4 Sketch Book, Carbon Pencil, Sharper or Stanley Knife, Pan Pastels.

Of course there are more things to draw with and if you already have them feel free to bring them to class.

*NOTE: all adult classes are for ages 18+ only, unless otherwise specified

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Tutor: Pina Bartolo

Pina Bartolo's approach to her Life Drawing classes is that absolutely everyone can draw. ‘The human body, young or old, is fascinating in all its wonderful shapes. It has inspired artists for centuries’ she said. Pina’s classes offer the opportunity to connect with the mystery of the human condition, as well as produce expressive contemporary drawings. As Pina says ‘Life Drawing shows you how beautiful everyone is with their clothes off! Our skin fits us perfectly’. Pina is a practising artist and popular teacher. A passion for the human form is obvious in her own work. In her classes, Pina’s aim is to inspire, stimulate and support students in the development of their own potential. She guides beginners and challenges those with more experience. She has developed a range of resource materials with images of art works and descriptions of techniques that she shares with students. I want to offer students a multitude of approaches, not just my own, but those of other artists as well. I like to think my classes offer students the tools to navigate and interpret the landscape of the human body.’