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Saturday, 15 June '24   2 days
Browne School of Art, 194 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, 1021
4 spaces available


Course Code: SCGLD224
Tutor: Zarahn Southon
When: Sat & Sun 10.00am - 4.00pm
Dates: 15 / 16 Jun 2024
Duration: 2 days
Maximum Enrolment: 10 

Cost: $285
IIn this life drawing weekend workshop students will draw from the nude model using a range of wet and dry medium using charcoal, chalk, ink and pencil on large pieces of paper. Beginning with a series of quick poses students will be encouraged to explore gestural drawing by paying attention to the action and movement of the pose. By concentrating on the inner curve and pathways in and around the body, students will develop an understanding of energy and vitality of the living human form which facilitates enhanced expression in life drawing.

As the weekend progresses students will work on longer poses where contemporary approaches to proportion and light will be discussed adding depth to the drawn figure. The history of the gestural curve will be referenced from William Hogarth’s text ‘Line of Beauty’.

Gesture, and action drawing will be demonstrated to students’ highlighting concepts and principles discussed.


Materials list
Gestural Life Drawing with Zarahn Southon

A basic kit of materials to get you up and going is listed here. Specialist art shops are the best
option and will provide student discounts if you mention that you are attending the school.
Recommended stores are:
• Studio Art Supplies – Crummer Road, Grey Lynn.
• The French Art Shop – Taylors Road, Morningside
• Gordon Harris – Gillies Avenue, Newmarket and Symonds Street, Auckland Central
• Takapuna Art Supplies – Takapuna
• Warehouse Stationery – has Winton oil paint

Materials required:
• 1x box willow charcoal
• 1x dark sanguine pastel
• 1x white chalk pastel
• 1x HB pencil
• 2x 2B pencil
• 1x 3B pencil
• 1x 5B pencil
• 1x kneadable rubber eraser
• 1x hard eraser
• x blending stump
• 1x knitting needle for measuring (optional)
• 1x A2 or A1 drawing pad/ paper (white or toned optional) Gordon Harris 120gram pad or equivalent
• or alternatively you have the option of purchasing large pieces of paper from Browne school,
• 1x hard drawing board (optional)
• 2x bulldog clamps, or similar
• 1x pencil sharpener (manual or sandpaper) or a general-purpose razor blade or Stanley knife
to sharpen drawing instruments
• •1x sanding block

At Browne School of Art, we also have a selection of basic materials available for purchase:
Paper in A1 - A2 sheets, newsprint, cartridge, sugar grey, wet strength, bulldog clips, pencils
charcoal, erasers, white chalk, black ink

This list is a general guide only. The majority (though not necessarily all) of these materials
may be used as students progress. Canvases, panels and boards can be prepared fairly easily and
these need to be to your own preferred formats and sizes. If you are using oil paints please come
prepared for this with odourless turpentine and plenty of rags for cleaning up.



Standard Booking

Available until Sat 15 Jun 12am
Online payment includes payment fee of 2.9% + NZ$0.30. Offline payment details on confirmation page.

Standard Booking + $10.00 BSA Student Fund - Donation

Available until Sat 15 Jun 12am
A $10 donation will go to our BSA Student Fund - helping those who are unwaged or under financial hardship (with a Community Services Card) to attend our courses.


Browne School of Art
194 Great North Road
Grey Lynn