We will be working from a model in various theatrical outfits each session and focus on studio practice, techniques, formulating ideas and one’s style.

During the course we will cover some art theory as well as practising various drawing and painting techniques while working in a range of media to include pencil, charcoal, ink and acrylics.

There will be an opportunity to use collage as a means to explore and expand ideas as well to help with composition.

Postcards and artbooks will be provided to work from in the session. Feel free to come with your own work and resources that you would like to look at. Informal discussion will take place to support the process.

All levels welcome.


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COURSE TUTOR: Amy Alderson

DURATION: 8 weeks

DAY: Thursdays

TIME:  7pm – 9pm


Spring: 30 January – 26 March 2020 (half term 20 February 2020)

WHERE: Brighton Junction

COURSE FEE: £115 Full Fee / £75 Concessions / £15 Better Living Through Learning


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Please note that concessions are not available online.






This course aims to:

Inspire; teach drawing from life and various art methods.


Who this course is for?

Anyone who would like to broaden their skills and get inspired.


What will I be able to do by the end of this course?

  • Have a better knowledge of figure drawing from life
  • Articulate and discuss your work: method and approach
  • Understanding and practice of working with ink
  • Techniques using charcoal in figure drawing
  • Using acrylics to work from the figure


What materials will I need for the course?

A3 cartridge paper

Pencil, rubber and sharpener


Ink and pen

Acrylics – red, blue, yellow, white


Roughly how much will they cost?



How will I know I am making progress?

We will monitor your progress, through 1-1 and informal discussion.


Is there any extra study outside the class?

There may be optional extra study.


Who is the course tutor?

Amy Alderson is a freelance artist with her own company providing art for film, media, galleries, art spaces and by commission.  She studied art at Hampstead School of Art and St Martins College London and gained a BA Hons in Visual Arts and Dance at the University of Brighton.  She has a strong working knowledge of teaching gained from current role as a further education art teacher and from previous positions including tutoring at Sussex Downs College.   Her commissions include the British Museum, key artist on award winning film, Peter, Praslin Pictures; galleries include the ICA the Naked Eye Gallery and In-house Artist at the Brighton Artists Gallery.


What next?

Further life drawing sessions or other art courses at Friends Centre.

Thursday 30 January 2020 - Thursday 26 March 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sessions: 8

Full price: £115
Concession rate (if available): £75
Please note that concessions are not available online.
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Brighton Junction


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