image for Arts & Crafts Event item typeBlocking in the Figure at Barnes Atelier of Art

Arts & Crafts Event, Sat 27 - Sun 28 Jan 2018


16A Barnes High Street,
SW13 9LW

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 27 - Sun 28 Jan Blocking in the Figure
Mon 12 - Fri 16 Feb 5 Day Workshop: Monochrome Portrait
Sat 24 - Sun 25 Mar Blocking in the Portrait
Mon 9 - Fri 13 Apr Still Life Painting in oils
Wed 18 Apr Introduction to Portraiture
Wed 25 Apr Introduction to Portraiture


A thoughtful block[ing]-in of one's drawing is essential to the success of the outcome - and that is precisely what this class is about: getting back to basics in figure drawing. As we construct the image from larger masses before putting in the details, students can focus on more accurate proportion, gesture and arrangement of shapes. These larger masses are then sculpted and continually refined until the linear drawing is complete -- finishing the 'block-in'. In practice, this is the point where one has completed the drawing and transitions either to tonal form modelling, or transferring to canvas to be painted.

The first day will consist of short poses (approximately 20 minutes each) where we rehearse the processes involved in the block-in, what information is crucial at any given stage and what can be 'filtered' out for closer observation at a later time. This repetition of drawing, erasing & restarting proves beneficial for building confidence in one's abilities.

The second day we will maintain the same pose for the full day to take the block-in to more of a finish - going through several stages/refinements along the way as students work on the design of their drawings.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 27 - Sun 28 Jan 2018 10:00 to 16:00





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