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Elemental Figure Drawing 2017

Starting off on the right foot. Beginners Welcome!

Figure Drawing with a Live Model 2017

3-Evening Workshop

  • July 10, 11, 12
  • Time: 6-8:30pm daily

$195 Includes Model Fee

Drawing the figure from life can be intimidating, but once you know a few secrets it can be much easier. Working from a live nude model, gain a better understanding of the elements that make up the human figure and how to artistically portray them. From simple gestural sketches with playful lines to slightly longer poses that will allow you to develop your style. We will explore all the fun of different kinds of line and try out various shading techniques.

Beginners welcome!

instructor holly mcwilliams

Instructor: Holly McWilliams

Holly attended ACAD majoring in sculpture and painting. She has been instructing at Swinton’s since 2000 with a focus towards providing an enjoyable, positive and inventive learning environment. Holly concentrates on painting inspired by tradition. Full Instructor Bio: HERE


Note: We will experiment with different types of paper which can be purchased on that day. You will also get a chance to play with different drawing mediums, so create a tool box that has any drawing supplies you may already have at home. 

Supplies you will definitely need:

Drawing board 18”x 24” or larger (a piece of foam core or cardboard and bull clips will also work)

  • 18”x24” pad of inexpensive paper (cartridge paper, manila paper, or newsprint)
  • 1 pack of 5 vine charcoal (also know as willow) 
  • 2x compressed charcoal
  • 2x white charcoal (not white conte)
  • 2b or 4b woodless pencil
  • 2x chisel tip markers (sharpie, Jiffy markers, Mr.Sketch) black, and any other color of a med value that you think is pretty (red, brown, orange etc) chisel tip or thick tip (no fine liners please)
  • 18’x24” pad of kraft paper (inexpensive and is the color of a brown paper bag)

Fun drawing items to experiment with that you may have at home:

  • Wax crayons
  • Soft or chalk pastels
  • Pencils 
  • Markers 
  • Pencil crayons
  • Conte
  • Pastels

Register Online

In store: 7160 Fisher Street S.E. Calgary, AB

By Phone: (403) 258-3500


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