Short Course

Introduction to Life Drawing Night Class

“I see the entire truth, not only what is on the surface.” – Auguste Rodin

When

12 February 24 –
08 November 24

Where

Dunedin School of Art, 19 Riego Street
North Dunedin, Otago 9016,
New Zealand

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About this class

The aim of this class is to expand your perception and ability to express that perception through drawing. If you are the only window to your world, your drawing will naturally explore your own perception and how you interpret what your senses tell you. Our focus is on the experience of drawing more than a ‘finished product’, and that you are accepting, rather than critical of your efforts.

The subject of the drawing is the human figure because once you can draw this you will be able to draw anything. The human figure is the most complex natural form and it provides us with the ultimate concentration of feeling and form. 

This class is suitable for beginners through to experienced artists.

2024 intakes

This class will run on Thursdays from 6pm-8pm. We offer one intake per term:

Term Dates
Term one 12 February - 12 April
Term two 29 April – 21 June
Term three 15 July - 6 September
Term four 16 September - 8 November

It is only possible to enrol for one term at a time. There will be no classes on public holidays. 

Enrolments for the following term will open on the Wednesday before the current term starts, i.e. approximately 9 weeks before the start date of the next term you wish to enrol for.  

What if I want to attend the same course next term?

If you want to repeat this course, you will need to apply and pay for each term separately, via our Eventbrite platform (by clicking the link above).  

Course fees

$240 per term

Please note: Student loans are not available for short courses and night classes.

Drawing room etiquette and model protocol

These classes have nude models (male and female). Classes can only be held if we have the respect and confidence of the models. Keep in mind that you are expected to have good life room manners at all times.

Please observe the following rules:

  • No cellphones, personal music devices or photographic equipment are allowed in life classes
  • Students are expected to arrive 10 minutes early so they can set up and be ready to start on time
  • If a life model is working, students and visitors will knock and wait outside the room until a pose is broken and the model is robed
  • Models should have preference over room temperature, students will not move the heaters
  • It is expected that students be conscious of the model's personal space
  • No unnecessary talking please.

Learners under 16

  • We welcome learners under 16 but they do need parental consent to take this night class. 
  • If you are a learner under 16, please do the following:
    • ask your parent or guardian if it's okay for you to do this night class 
    • apply online and tick the box during the application process that says that you are under 16 
    • ask your parent or guardian to send an email to anca@op.ac.nz (Art Night Class Administration) letting us know that they're happy for you to take the night class.

Tutor

This class will be taught by Jenny Sutherland

Jenny is a local painter and drawer and a qualified teacher with a wealth of teaching experience. She also runs her own art teaching space in Dunedin, ‘The Artist’s Corner’.

Materials

You will need to bring the following materials with you

  • 2 x bulldog clips
  • A2 sheets of newsprint and cartridge paper – or whatever you like to draw on
  • Charcoal or conte drawing sticks (or any other material you like to draw with)
  • Eraser.

Directions

Classes are held in the Life Drawing Room at the Dunedin School of Art. 

Go to the main entrance of the Dunedin School of Art at 19 Riego St (off the Anzac Avenue end of Albany St). The Life Drawing Room is on the first floor at the far end of the building. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to allow time for set up. 

Refund information

For our 2024 enrolments you may be issued a full (except for Eventbrite fees) automatic refund up to 7 days before your event starts by requesting a refund through Eventbrite.

Refund requests after this date can be made by contacting anca@op.ac.nz (Art Night Class Administration). These will be accepted on a case-by-case basis when exceptional circumstances are present. No refunds will be accepted after the start date of the class.

Please note, classes are offered on the basis that enrolment is for the full course.

Got a question?

For enquiries, please email Artnightclass@op.ac.nz