Visual Arts Centre

Figure drawing, otherwise known as nude life drawing, is defined as the drawing of thehuman form in various shapes and postures, in different drawing media.

Frauengruppe (1904) by Lovis Corinth

Figure drawing can represented expressively, loosely, or in a highly detailed manner. Artists are able to take awide variety of approaches to human figure drawing, from creating works from photographic references, to creating works from life models, and even from imagination.


Claudia by Robert Zeller

Nude Figure References

When creating works from life models, one would be able to create works that are less “flat”, more accurate and more true to reality. The visual reference of having a life model can allow one to produce works that are more anatomically accurate, with proportions more easily rendered as opposed to that photographic and imaginary references.

Types of Media

The preferred form of media when it comes to nude life drawing for most artists is the pencil, graphite or charcoal. Pencils and charcoals are most preferred as they adhere more loosely to the paper, allowing one to manipulate by erasing mistakes with ease. Furthermore, they can be easily preserved on paper, simply by spraying fixative on top of the drawing.

Watercolour nude life paintings have also gained much traction in recent years, with more people being interested in capturing the beauty of the nude with subtle colours. Usually, artists like to begin with a sketch using graphite pencil, and with the line work, watercolour ink washes are applied to the sketch.

Appreciating Nude Life Drawing and Painting

Male Nude (between 1854-1857), Auguste Rodin

When referencing to a nude life model, every pose offers a new composition – shadows, skin textures, movement and gestures. With the life model, we are expected to draw and paint at a faster rate compared to referencing to a still photograph. This allows us to train our eyes to understand and capture proportion quickly.

Nude Life Drawing and Painting Classes

Figure drawing and painting in a studio setting typically involves a group of students sitting around a model in a semi or full circle. Every student will be offered a different angle, with no 2 students having the same angle as another. Thus, each student’s drawing will reflect the artist’s unique perspective and location relative to the model.

In some classes, the nude model would also be interacting with props such as tables and chairs. In most nude life classes, a couple of periodic poses are expected, since it requires lots of energy for the model to pose and remain perfectly still for extended periods of time.

Learning never exhausts the mind.

–  Leonardo Da Vinci

At Visual Arts Centre, our nude life drawing and painting sessions are run by a professionally trained artist in a fun and relaxing environment. These sessions are run in our Studio, the perfect atmosphere with an accurate selection of music, to help you relax and get into the state of drawing.

If you are interested in learning how to do some watercolour nude life painting, please feel free to join us! Otherwise, traditional medium such as pencils and charcoal would still be provided as usual.

Click here to find out more or register for our nude life drawing and painting lessons!

Visual Arts Centre is also running a special promotion – 4 sessions of Nude or Portrait Life Drawing class pass for only $280nett/pax.

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If you are ready to pick up a pencil or brush to start your artistic journey in nude figure drawing or painting, feel free to click here to find out more, or drop us an email at [email protected] or a call at 6733 2155 / 6255 0711 and we will be more than ready to assist you!

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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.