Life Drawing Course


Whether you have never picked up a pencil before, are an expert or simply want to inject more life into your sketches - this is the course for you! 

The Square Gallery London will be offering a 10-week life drawing course starting on Tuesday, 20th September 2016 with our very experienced life drawing teacher, Joanna Roykovska (see bio below). Each class is 2 1/2 hours long with a short break halfway through, where light refreshments will be available. The course will have a maximum of 15 participants, to ensure a more personal experience.  If you are interested in being part of the course, please fill out the form below. Alternatively you can send us an email on or call us on +447586427598

Dates: Every Tuesday, 20th September 2016 - 22nd November 2016 

Time: 6:30pm - 9pm 

Level: Beginners - Advanced 

Price: £325 for the 10 week course


Week 1 - Introduction 

Familiarising the students with the human skeleton and the proportions of human body in a standing position. Beginners shall be focusing on linear sketches and the more advanced students will on chiaroscuro.

Week 2 - Proportions and Shading

In this class all students will continue to look at the proportions of human body in the standing position and complete exercises in shading. 

Week 3 - Focus on Legs

This class will give students the opportunity to focus on the bone structure of knees, ankles and the muscle structure of legs. For this we shall also use anatomical drawing as a reference.  

Week 4 - Focus on Arms

In week 4 we shall be looking at the bone and muscle structure of arms. As with the legs, we shall be using the model and anatomical drawing as a reference. We will also do detailed sketches of hands. 

Week 5 - Focus on Hands

Following on from Week 4 we shall we going into further detail with the drawing of hands and palms, as they are usually one of the trickiest aspects in life drawing. 

Week 6 - Focus on Neck, Head & Face

In this class we shall be looking at the skull and the structure of the head and neck. This class helps work on the basic skills needed to produce a portrait. 

Week 7 - Focus on Quick Sketching

Taking what you have learnt in the pervious six weeks, we will start doing quick sketches. This will prepare you for sketching on the go and knowing which lines to draw to produce a picture swiftly and with confidence. 

Week 8 - Focus on Standing Position and Foreshortening

Foreshortening is one of the hardest things to master when life drawing. In this class we shall draw models in various standing positions

Week 9 - Focus on Sitting Position and Foreshortening

In week 9 we will continue to focus on foreshortening, however this time trying out different sitting positions. 

Week 10 - Recap and Refresher of Previous Weeks and Exhibition Preparation

In our final class of the course we will go over what you have achieved over the 10 weeks. It will also give students the opportunity to go over aspects that they found challenging. During the class we will discuss the group exhibition that the gallery will host in the second week of December. This will be a great opportunity for family and friends to see what you have accomplished! 

Materials Needed

Drawing pad A3

Pencils HB, B3, B6 or/and charcoal

Rubber gum, pencil sharpener

Your Teacher

Joanna Roykovska is a practicing painter, video artist and a researcher at the Royal College of Art. She has been trained as an artist and earned her MA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland. Since 2013 she has been doing PhD course at the RCA in London.

Her works, which embrace equally figurative and abstract pieces, have been awarded in national and international art competitions, and can be found in many public and private art collections both in UK and abroad.

Joanna has been working as an art tutor for many years delivering drawing and painting courses for colleges, universities and art schools. She is a founder of the Third Age Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, and she has worked as a lecturer in drawing and painting for the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw, the Art College in Warsaw, the Independent Art School and the Hurlingham Club in London to name a few.

She has now starting running life drawing, still life and watercolour courses for The Square Gallery London.

Her life drawing course spans from the exercises in human anatomy: bone and muscle structure, through the palms and feet drawings, short gesture poses, to the full tonal life drawing.

Joanna’s still life course starts from the linear sketches through basic shading to rendering various textures (wood, metal, china, fabrics) and translucent objects. After these basic exercises students are encouraged to draw complex still-lifes to master their ability of depicting various material qualities.

Course in watercolour includes still life, flowers, human figure, portrait basics of architecture and landscape.


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