Life Drawing Beginners to Intermediate - The Sustained Pose WEA Sydney

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Studying the human figure in one sustained pose over the length of a class allows the student more time to reflect and refine a drawing, than is often possible in classes structured around much shorter poses. The sustained pose is also of use to beginners, who may feel intimidated and naturally overwhelmed by the time frame of shorter poses. In a relaxed environment, this course will outline and guide you through the fundamental principles that lead to a comprehensive proficiency in figure drawing. This will include an analysis of human anatomy, starting with the major masses of the skeleton and concluding with an analysis of each of the major muscle groups of the body.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Week 1-3: The figure as basic line and structure. Inclusive of the skeletal masses and bony landmarks
  • Week 4-6: Muscle groups of the figure
  • Week 7-8: Shading and the rendering of form on blue-grey and buff paper


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify how the placement of the models weight coincides with the figures action.
  2. Learn how to treat the figure as a “mannequin” rather than a static object to mindlessly copy and reproduce.
  3. Begin to understand and grasp the processes of conceptualising, selecting and creatively inventing from the figure.
  4. Understand the basic principles of suggesting form with line alone.
  5. Gain and apply a fundamental knowledge of anatomy to the human figure, inclusive of the major masses of the skeleton, its bony landmarks and the muscle groups of the body.
  6. Making use of and/or inventing a light source to model form.


  • Oil based PITT pastel hard sanguine red, black and white chalk pencil
  • Kneadable eraser and Stanley knife
  • A3 sketch book
  • Two metal bulldog clips
  • One A3 sheet of blue-grey and buff paper

IMPORTANT: Please arrive to the first class with all the relevant materials. A lack of materials is not just a handicap to you but to the ability to teach. Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.


  • The Art Scene, UNSW Art & Design Campus, Greens Rd Paddington NSW. Ph: 8815 1569
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 223-225 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Ph: 02 9331 2166.
  • Bondi Road Art Supplies 179 Bondi Road Bondi. Ph: 9387 3746. (Closed Fridays and Sundays)
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 93 York Street Sydney, Ph: 02 9299 4151. Also at North Sydney, St Leonards, Chatswood, Caringbah, Parramatta & more.

Enquire at your art shop for a Student’s Discount with your WEA course receipt.

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