Still Life Course


Whether you are a complete beginner an expert or your recent efforts at drawing Still Life have been fruitless, this course is for you! 

The Square Gallery London will be offering a 10-week Still Life drawing course starting on Monday, 19th September 2016 with our very experienced 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 Monday, 19th September 2016 - 21st November 2016 

Time: 6:30pm - 9pm 

Level: Beginners - Advanced 

Price: £295 for the 10 week course

COURSE breakdown

Week 1 - Introduction

This class will introduce you to what you will be learning over the ten-week course. We will discuss and look at different proportions and measurements, symmetry, composition, perspective within a linear sketch.

Week 2 - Focus on Cross-hatching & Shading

This class shall focus on cross-hatching and shading, which will help you learn how to achieve the illusion of three-dimensionality.

Week 3 - Focus on Tonal Drawing

We shall implement what we have learnt in week 1 and 2 to draw a simple still life, while using tonal techniques.

Week 4 - Focus on Proportions & Composition 

We shall continue practicing simple still life drawing with a focus on proportions and composition.

Week 5 -Focus on Low Tonal Contrasts

In week 5 we will focus on low tonal contrasts, which will let your drawings differentiate subtle tone differences, for example a still life of white objects.

Week 6 - Focus on High Tonal Contrasts

This class develops upon week 5. We will be drawing objects with high tonal contrasts, for example black and white objects. This is vital to creating the illusion of space and three-dimensionality.

Week 7 - Focus on Convex & Concave

We will learn how to show the difference between convex and concave objects. This means comparing and drawing objects that curve in and curve out.

Week 8 - Focus on Textures: Shiny & Matt

In week 8 and 9 we shall be focusing on textures.

Week 8 will be dedicated to drawing and defining shiny and matt objects.

Week 9 - Focus on Textures: Wood, Metal & China

In week 9 we will move on to drawing and defining wood, metal and porcelain objects.

Week 10 - Translucent Objects & Exhibition Preparation

In the final class of the course we will focus on translucent objects. We shall also discuss the group exhibition that will be held in December. 

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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