Life Drawing for Sixth Formers - Portfolio Preparation Course

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Why choose this course?

Course Dates:

Thursday 01 October to Thursday 10 December 2020 - 16.45 to 18.45 (exc 22 and 29 October for half term)

Cost: £145

Drawing is a fundamental skill applicable all art and design courses. Being able to draw means being able to understand the world around you and having the skills to express that understanding in the form of drawn images. This course is ideal for sixth formers who want to go on to study Art & Design in higher education.

Life drawing (also known as ‘figure drawing’) will equip you with the basics of observation which in turn provide the foundation for the development of all drawing skills. In other words, by drawing the human body, broader draughtsmanship techniques are also developed.

During this course, and in supervised drawing sessions, you will be taught about:

  • Draughtsmanship: line and mark-making and drawing styles and techniques.
  • Composition: how to compose your drawing to best effect
  • Tones: how to create shape and contours within the drawing.
  • Foreshortening and how to deal with perspective.
  • Interpretation: giving the drawing your own style and meaning.

What will you learn?

The initial introduction will cover the materials and media that you can choose from and how to use them for different effects. The approach used in the course will help and encourage you to develop your own style through practice.

Each week you will have access to a life model, in a variety of poses, held for different time periods. These include short, quick sketch exercises and longer, more complex studies. By the end of the course, you will have a portfolio of work which you will be able to present and discuss at interviews should you wish to undertake further courses in Higher Education.

Useful information


Signing in takes place from 09.15 - 09.25 each day in the Gallery. which is located between the Art and Design Building and the Todd Building. Please see the campus map, for details.

We finish at 15.30, and it is important that you arrange to be picked up promptly at this time. If you have any problems and think that you may need to be picked up be later, please let us know at the morning drop-off and/or when you sign in.


Parents: When registering, please enrol with your own details. There is a field on the enrolment paperwork where you can enter your son or daughter's name.

Where to find us

Our address is College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful ‘Where to Find Us’ page. The School of Creative Arts is on the bottom left corner of the downloadable map. You can use car park P-E to park your car for drop off and collection.


Each group will have an art assistant with them for the whole time whilst they are taking part in the course. This assistant can help you with any problems you have while you are on site. All tutors and associated helpers for this course have been DBS checked.

Emergency contact

We need to have your contact numbers so we can contact your parents/carers in an emergency. These must be confirmed on the first day, when you are registering. If you need to contact us, please phone the Short Course Office on 01707 285327.  


Wear suitable and comfortable clothes as you may get messy and dirty (this is what art is all about!). An overall, apron or large shirt would be ideal. Please bring this with you from your first day.

Food and drink

Each participant should bring their own packed lunch. There will be vending machines available for extra treats so please allow your son or daughter to bring a small amount of cash if you would like them to be able to use this facility. Free water and squash will be available during breaks and lunchtime, in the Chill Out space. 

Rest Area

The rest area is for use during breaks and lunch time where you can sit, chat and have lunch. 


All materials and equipment needed to take part in all of our children's summer workshops will be provided by the University. You do not need to supply any materials of your own.


If you need to bring any medication with you, please make sure it is clearly labelled with your name and any instructions. These medications can be administered by us provided a medical permission form has been signed and handed in on arrival on your first day.


We are all looking forward to a fun week, but to help things run smoothly, there are some rules we would like you to follow. To make sure that you have read them, we would like you to sign the rules form and return it to us on your first day.

All forms are emailed after enrolment.



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
01/10/202010/12/2020Thursdays 16.45 to 18.45£145Apply online