Life Drawing Night Class
Life Drawing class is for those with previous drawing experience wanting to develop their drawing technique.The aim of this class is to expand your perception and ability to express that perception through drawing.
About the course
“I see the entire truth, not only what is on the surface.” – Auguste Rodin
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. The 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.
This course is offered on Mondays from 6.00pm-8.00pm. One class is offered per week for eight weeks (term 3) or for seven weeks (terms 1, 2 and 4). The above date is the next available intake but we also offer the following other start dates:
|Term one||21 February - 15 April|
|Term two||2 May – 24 June|
|Term three||11 July - 2 September|
|Term four||12 September - 4 November|
Please note: There will be no classes on Otago Polytechnic holidays or public holidays. No classes during Easter week of 5 – 9 April.
- Monday classes: No classes 21 March (Otago Anniversary Day)
- Monday classes: No Classes 6 June (Queens Birthday)
- Monday classes: No classes 24 October (Labour Day)
- Fee for term 1, 2 and 4: $185 per term
- Fee for term 3: $210 per term
There will be no refund once the classes have commenced. Classes are offered on the basis that enrolment is for the full course. Classes are non-refundable in the case of cancellations due to circumstances beyond our control.
How to apply
We use the Eventbrite platform for our night class online applications. Click on the relevant link below to apply and pay online.
- Click here to apply for term 1, term 2 or term 4 (Monday evenings)
- Click here to apply for term 3 (Monday evenings)
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.
Classes are held in the Life Drawing Room at the Dunedin School of Art. Please click here for a map.
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.
This class will be taught by Kiri Mitchell.
Kiri Mitchell is a lecturer in drawing and studio methodologies in the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic. She holds an MFA from the DSA. Her research investigates the power relationships between men and women manifested through a critical feminist perspective on the abject.
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)
Learners under 16
- Please note that these classes have nude models (male and female).
- 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 email@example.com (Art Night Class Administration) letting us know that they're happy for you to take the night class
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 cell phones, walkmans 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 models ‘body space’
- No unnecessary talking, please
For enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.