ONLINE: Anatomy Lessons of the Great Masters

ONLINE: Anatomy Lessons of the Great Masters

3 Aug - 7 Aug 2020
Price per person £250.00

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Monday - Friday, 9:30am – 4:30pm




3 Aug - 7 Aug 2020

Course Staff

Alan McGowan Visiting Tutor

This Summer School will help students develop their understanding of human anatomy through the study and transcription of great figure drawings by artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Degas, Andrea del Sarto, and others. 

Studying, working from and transcribing other artist’s works has long been an important and inspiring part of art education and practice. Copying drawings from the great artists is fun as well as giving understanding of the way drawings are made and the human form described. Through the week of the workshop we will be combining the study of anatomy with the creation of our own drawings derived from great works of art. Each day we will start by looking at a particular part of anatomy, which will be described and explained with reference to skeleton and other illustrations. We will then look at a specific artist’s drawing, analysing how the anatomical forms register in the drawing, before making our own drawings derived from the master drawing. Through the week we will work systematically through the figure to gain an overall understanding of anatomical form. Lectures and talks will be conducted online as well as demonstration drawings and group discussion of progress through the week.


All UK-based students will be provided with an A4 Leith School of Art sketchbook and set of 3 paintbrushes. These will be sent by post prior to the course. If booking within 3 days of the course start date we can not guarantee that these items will reach you in time for the beginning of the course. Students must source all other required materials and advice on suppliers will be provided upon booking. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this.

Materials required:

Selection A2/A3 paper (ideally a mix of cartridge, sugar paper, brown paper)*


Chalk pastels (sienna, black, white)



White quache (poster paint)

Dip pen & ink (brown, black, white) (not essential but recommended)

* Contact us for our recommended paper pad

Summer School Online

All courses require a computer or tablet device with:
- stable internet connection
- camera (for video calls and photographing your work)
- microphone (for video calls)

Courses will take place using Google Classroom, and are limited to 15 students to allow for quality one-to-one teaching.


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