Visual Arts Centre

5 Reasons to Practise Life Drawing

Life drawing, or figure drawing, is arguably one of the top most challenging subjects an artist could face. It teaches the artist to recognise proportions and learn the importance of tones. Without clothes, the model represents a timeless fashion that travels back centuries, disregarding time and culture. It is no wonder that many visual artists practice life drawing and consider life drawing as an essential to improve their overall drawing skills.

Here are 5 reasons to practise life drawing:

1. Life drawing opens up your eyes

When drawing a life model, you have to observe the three-dimensional form of the body. This enables you to understand the human figure. Additionally,  this allows you to look at each and every movement of the model. Following which, you will then have to capture and depict every muscle movement, shadow, skin texture, tone and shade, and emotion of the model. As a form of observational art, figure drawing also challenges your observational skill and attentiveness. Hence, it is very different from drawing from a photograph, where the subject is still, as you work and interact with real life models.

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2. It gives you a variety of perspectives

Figure drawing provides an artist with a variety of perspectives to work on when creating art. It changes the way you look at things and the way you look at the world. Figure drawing teaches you to not only look at the subject in a two-dimensional view, but in a variety of perspectives to better understand what you are drawing. You will be taught a diversity of techniques and angles to approach your life subject. You will benefit from challenging yourself to work with the complex structure of a human body.

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3. Life drawing builds a strong foundation for any art practices

Life drawing is the foundation of art learning. It builds up your understanding of lines, tones, and structures. As there are a variety of compositions you can compose based on the great range of movements the model can make. The movements combined with the anatomical and structural complexity of the body, challenges your skills. Not only does figure drawing improves your drawing and sketching skills, the idea of capturing and understanding life motion of the model can also improve your skills in animation drawing.

This is the reason why Disney has never broken away from the tradition of offering free life drawing classes for their artists in their own studios since 1932. The visual effects and animation studio constantly encourages their animators to attend these classes to gain more knowledge on the human form, and learn how to infuse spirit and life into their figures. This vastly improves their their animation drawing skills. Also, oil painters from as far back as the 18th century have been known to practise life drawing to improve their oil painting skills.


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4. It is therapeutic

During a life or figure drawing session, an artist basically spends 2 to 3 hours observing and drawing in tranquility and peace. There is nothing much to think about—except to focus on drawing what is in front of you. It is peaceful and most importantly, it takes your mind off things. Your busy brain can take a nap and the stresses of the day will fade away. Therefore, it is not surprising that figure drawing classes have become a popular way amongst working adults to de-stress after an exhausting day at work.

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5. Life drawing appreciates the beauty of the human form

Studies have also suggested that attending figure drawing sessions can improve one’s perception of their own body as they present a more realistic and natural image of the human body. You are able to gain a more detailed understanding of the human anatomy, such as the way limbs extend and the shape of muscles in a human body, through figure drawing.

This understanding not only improves your skills in portraiture and figure painting, it also allows you to develop a higher comprehension of your own body. By understanding your body, you are able to appreciate your body which thus improves self-confidence.

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What are you waiting for? Come join our Nude Life Drawing Workshop with Artist Guidance.

Foundation In Digital Art

Embark on a captivating journey into the vibrant world of digital art! Our Foundation in Digital Art workshop invites budding creatives aged nine and above to unleash their imagination and hone their artistic skills in a dynamic, supportive environment. From mastering basic digital tools to crafting mesmerizing digital masterpieces, children will explore a spectrum of techniques guided by seasoned mentors. Through hands-on activities and interactive sessions, participants will discover the endless possibilities of digital expression while fostering creativity and critical thinking. Join us for an exhilarating adventure where young artists transform ideas into stunning visual realities, igniting a passion for digital art

Colour & Texture Exploration With Acrylic Painting & Collage

Prepare to unleash your inner artist in a kaleidoscope of color and creativity with ‘Colour Blast: Acrylic Painting & Collage Techniques’! Dive into a whirlwind adventure where vibrant hues and mesmerizing textures collide in a symphony of imagination. From mastering the art of seamless color blending to discovering the magic of mixed media collage, this journey is a playground for your artistic soul. With each brushstroke, explore new techniques that breathe life into your canvas, transforming it into a vibrant tapestry of expression. Join us and let your creativity run wild as you embark on this colorful escapade!”

World of Manga [Foundation & Styling]

A manga art workshop for children and teenagers sounds like a fantastic idea! Here’s how you might structure it:
Introduction to Manga: Begin by introducing what manga is, its history, and its influence on popular culture worldwide. Show examples of different manga styles and genres to give participants an overview.
Basic Drawing Techniques: Start with the fundamentals of drawing, such as line work, shapes, and proportions. Provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw basic manga characters, focusing on simple shapes that can be built upon.
Character Design: Move on to character design concepts, including creating unique characters, designing their personalities, and developing backstories. Encourage participants to get creative and think outside the box.
Expression and Emotion: Teach how to convey emotions and expressions through facial expressions, body language, and positioning of characters. This can be a fun and interactive exercise where participants practice drawing various emotions.
Storytelling and Paneling: Explore the basics of storytelling in manga, including paneling techniques, pacing, and layout. Show examples of different panel structures and discuss how they affect the flow of the story.
Inking and Coloring: Introduce participants to inking techniques using pens or markers. You can also cover digital inking for those interested. Then, demonstrate basic coloring techniques using markers, colored pencils, or digital software.
Feedback and Collaboration: Provide opportunities for participants to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and instructors. Encourage collaboration by having them work together on short manga projects or collaborative drawings.
Final Showcase: End the workshop with a showcase of participants’ work. This could be in the form of an exhibition, digital gallery, or printed booklet. Celebrate everyone’s creativity and progress throughout the workshop.
Remember to create a supportive and encouraging environment where participants feel free to express themselves and explore their creativity. And don’t forget to have fun! Manga is all about imagination and passion, so let that spirit shine through in your workshop.

Academy Drawing Traditions

The academy drawing and sketching tradition, rooted in centuries of artistic practice, emphasizes disciplined study of form, proportion, and technique. Originating from Renaissance workshops and formalized by institutions like the Royal Academy, it prioritizes meticulous observation and mastery of fundamental skills. Students progress from basic exercises to complex compositions, learning to depict still life and common objects with precision and expression. This tradition values both classical principles and innovation, encouraging artists to push boundaries while maintaining a deep respect for tradition. Through rigorous training and critique, artists within this tradition cultivate a strong foundation for creative exploration and artistic excellence.

Chinese Ink Painting and Calligraphy

This course on Chinese ink painting and calligraphy introduces young learners to the rich traditions of Chinese art. Through hands-on activities, students explore the basics of brush techniques, ink control, and the delicate art of Chinese script. They learn to appreciate the cultural significance of calligraphy and painting, developing skills in creating elegant strokes and expressive brushwork. The course fosters creativity, patience, and fine motor skills, while also providing insights into Chinese history and aesthetics. By the end, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and a deeper understanding of Chinese cultural heritage.

Funk with Graffiti

Funk With Graffiti Workshop for children is an engaging and creative program aimed at introducing young artists to the vibrant world of graffiti and funk-inspired street style art. Participants learn the basics of graffiti history, techniques, and safety. Guided by professional graffiti artists, children explore the art of designing their unique tags, emphasizing creativity, expression, and individuality. The workshop includes hands-on activities, from sketching concepts to creating final designs with spray paint on provided surfaces. By the end of the session, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and an appreciation for graffiti and funk as legitimate forms of street art. Each child completes two original artworks, which they proudly take home, showcasing their newfound skills and personal style.

Batik Tales

In the Batik Introduction Handkerchief Painting workshop, participants will learn the traditional art of batik, a wax-resist dyeing technique originating from Indonesia. The workshop begins with a brief history and overview of batik, highlighting its cultural significance and various techniques. Participants will then observe a demonstration of applying wax with tjanting tools and dyeing the fabric. Following the demonstration, each participant will design and create their own batik handkerchief, applying wax to create patterns and then dyeing their fabric. The workshop concludes with a group discussion, allowing participants to share their creations and reflect on their learning experience.