Many students at UAL are disappointed to find minimal (if any) life drawing provision. If you're studying Fine Art, Animation, Illustration, or Sculpture, drawing is a fundamental part of your practice, and it's essential to draw regularly to improve your eye and hand. Whether you're just starting out, or you are already an accomplished draughtsman, the Life Drawing Society provides regular access to tutored life drawing sessions. Students can expect to draw from nude models representing the full and fantastic diversity of the human body.
Anybody who's been to a life drawing class before knows you can expect to pay around £35 for a single 2 hour tutored session. The total value of a yearly membership to this society could be in excess of £5,000, making it the best value tutored life drawing in the whole of London. By clubbing together and using membership fees we're able to offer this for just £15 a year, or £6 separately per term. It's a fantastic deal and one that many students in UAL take advantage of. That's why we're UAL's biggest society!
*Disclaimer: we are not just a drawing class - we are a community too! By becoming a member, you are agreeing to abide by our code of conduct, which aims to maintain a healthy learning and social environment in class. We occasionally get together and do socials; You can also expect healthy discourse in class which we welcome you to take part in. We will not tolerate disrespectful behaviour towards our tutor, models or other members during our sessions.
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In 2020/21 we run two online classes per week via Zoom during term time. We plan to have two live sessions per week during the second and third semester, around 6 - 8 p.m. (evening sessions) or 2 - 4 p.m. (afternoon sessions) at different venues across UAL.
President - Alisa Filiushina
Treasurer - Jocelin Kee
Social Media Manager - Sophie Dickson
How the society will run during 2020/21 Academic year?
During the first term all societies are running remotely, so we are having two online sessions per week via Zoom. We plan to have two live sessions per week during the second and third semester, but we depend on the health and safety regulations, so it is hard to tell yet.
Timetables for any given term are usually posted within the first week of term.
Do I have to attend every session, or book which sessions I want to attend?
Nope! - that's why we run classes so frequently, to give you as many opportunities as possible. Arriving earlier means you can get a good seat.
What kinds of model can I expect?
We try to book models of all ages, genders, and body types. If you think you might be interested in modelling for us, drop us a line. Many current and former students at UAL have done so. NOTE: Life drawing is the tradition of drawing from the nude model. If you aren't comfortable with this, then it isn't the class for you!
What can I expect, and what should I bring?
Most sessions will have a tutor present - classes can get busy, so ask if you'd like some feedback. Don't be shy! Our tutors have experience in fine art, illustration, animation and fashion, and they're there to help. It's best to just bring a pencil (2B), eraser, and hardbacked sketchbook as we don't have easels. Please also be careful about bringing wet media that could spill or make a mess; such as oil paints, ink bottles, etc. as we often use rooms designed as office/lecture spaces.
I don't want any tuition - I just want to draw
That's fine - please just make this known to the tutor when you arrive at class.
Annual membership fee
£15 – year membership
£6 – one term membership
Membership fee pays for tutors, models and preparation of other drawing resources.