Life Drawing in Oxford
Draw or paint in a professional art studio environment with expert tuition and lighting, and a variety of models. All levels welcome. The studio is also available for hire.
Classes Running (last updated: 31/3/15)
Frequently Asked Questions
I will provide you with specialist tuition that will give you a fresh outlook on drawing. We will loosely divide the subject into three topics which we will approach separately. These topics are Line, Tone and Fine Detail. Each topic has its own function.
Linear drawing: the function of the line is to position or place the drawing. I will give you three new ways of seeing that will help you to render the positioning and proportions of what you see more accurately. We will also look at new ways of holding the pencil (or charcoal etc) and how to compose a drawing so that it fits on the sheet.
Tonal Drawing: tone is used to create the illusion of three dimensions in a drawing. You will develop your spatial understanding by looking at methods of layering tone, and by learning how different ways of making marks influence the creation of that illusion.
Fine Detail: This aspect of drawing involves creating a sense of texture and depth in your work. It is a fusion of the two previous topics. Accurate placement, skilful mark- making, and an awareness of aerial perspective are used to create a sense of texture, emphasis, and depth, in the drawing.
Colour: Using the practical application of basic colour theory as a foundation, we will look at ways of mixing with either pastels or paint to enable you to tackle any subject in colour.
Looking for a life model?
If you are looking for a Art Nude Male Life Model in the Oxford and surrounding area who is experienced, professional, reliable and always easy to work with, then I can recommend using either Simon on 07837457094 www.lifemodelcotswolds.co.uk or Anthony at www.malelifemodel.co.uk —
Magdalen Road Studios
(Between Cowley and Iffley Roads)
Call Francis on 07740 779 457 or e-mail email@example.com.
Francis is the best teacher I have ever found.
A L, retired designer.
You learn so much more here.
A R, student, Oxford.
I loved your class last week. You are a calm and inspirational teacher
I just wanted to say a big thanks for class last night, my mum was really nervous but had an amazing time and really enjoyed it, she was singing your praises all the way home!
I will always remember your classes. You inspire me to continue and develop in the future
Thank you for being a great teacher. I'm back in Australia now but I would like to let you know that the time spent in your studio was very helpful and enjoyable.
Francis is a very patient competent teacher who generously shares his knowledge and ability with all his students
JW, Oxford Summer School feedback
I can actually draw now! Francis is an amazing teacher and I may come back next year to retake the class because I enjoyed it so much
SH, student 16 years old, OSS
...excellently organised and taught. We are lucky to have Francis
PY 78 years old, OSS
Excellent teacher in Francis whose enthusiasm, patience and encouragement was inspirational. I learnt a lot
DO, at OSS
When I came back home that night I couldn't stop sketching… Moreover, something very positive about this studio, or people, makes me feel like I can breathe (not that normally I don't, but it's one of those experiences when you sit for a very long time in a stuffy room with the computer, and at some point you leave to the garden. Only then, when you look at the endless sky and take a deep breath of clear air, you know that the room was stuffy and the computer makes you sick)
KR, student, Oxford.
Last night was my fourth time… I loved it. The hours flew by, and I'd find myself totally absorbed as I focused on the light and dark, the shapes, and the satisfaction of channelling what was in front of me into a picture that was in some way beautiful