Figure Drawing Class
Get the kind of figure drawing skills that'll equip you to draw from observation and imagination.
Tuesdays 7-10pm, March 3rd - June 23rd
At our studio in Orange
Figure drawing is one of the most rewarding and inspiring practices in the artist’s skill set. But getting your skills away from mere outline-copying all the way to a lifelike drawing is no cake-walk.
"How do I get my drawings to look like the person and pose in front of me? What should I be focusing on? How do I capture all that I see in just 20 minutes?"
These questions used to baffle me, too, when I set out to study art and I still remember how frustrating it can be to get better.
Truth is, there is no quick-fix, shortcut or secret to learning figure drawing the right way. But luckily there are key principles you can focus on mastering that'll strengthen your artistic foundation and bring you more insight and confidence when you draw.
In this 17 week class I will present these core principles to you and break this complex subject into fun and approachable segments.
You'll learn how to
See the human body with artist’s eyes
Capture the character of any given pose
Break down the complexities of the body into simple lines, shapes and volumes
Know what to put into your drawing and what to leave out
Use your materials right
Improve your drawing skills while enjoying the process
The class will include
plenty of time to draw from the nude model
after class practice tips
Class size is limited to 10 students max. Purchase now to save your spot.
Materials: Click here for a list of recommended materials.
Price: $765 (all 17 weeks)
or $220 for 4 weeks blocks (see details below)
Attendees must be 18 years+, or have a signed release form from their legal guardian.
Instructor: Carolin Peters is a classically trained, award-winning artist who's been teaching at institutions like Laguna College of Art and Design, Cal State Long Beach for over 10 years. She opened Cura Studios to give artists outside the college system access to quality art instruction.
"Carolin’s teaching was incredibly effective. She never needed to explain a concept more than once!
I'm really glad I chose this class. I was always nervous about life drawing, but I really enjoy it and improved so much during the class."
" I was always afraid to draw the human figure and would feel overwhelmed by the complexity of it. But Carolin's teaching methods allowed me to explore the figure through simple shapes and gestures, and let build upon those things rather than getting lost in contour. She patiently explained and re-explained material if necessary and was always happy to help if needed. I am very happy to have taken Carolin's class, and hope to take one again soon!"
You can get the whole class or individual blocks ranging from 4-17 weeks. Week-blocks must be consecutive and based on the designed course segments: Gesture & Form, Anatomy, Value, Head/hands/feet.
Get 4 weeks ($220)
Note the anatomy section includes 5 weeks which is why it costs more than the other sections.
Get 2 months ($400)
Get 3 months ($590)
Get entire course ($765)
"I’ve always enjoyed life drawing classes, but never felt like I was improving. Working with Carolin Peters improved my abilities. She taught me new ways of looking at what I'm drawing, and to ask myself the right questions about the subject. For example, I now really grasp how the muscles affect the forms of the figure because of how Carolin explained it! She is an extremely patient and hardworking instructor who is always open to questions and willing to explain things in more detail. I would recommend this class to anyone, beginner or advanced, who is looking to improve their life drawing skills."
Jacinda Lacy Earwood
Art History Major, CSULB
I’ve never drawn before can I attend?
Yes. Even though it’s desirable for you to have a fundamental grasp of drawing, this class will meet you wherever you are at.
I’m not very talented, does that matter?
Not at all. Drawing is a universal skill and can be learned by anyone willing to try something outside their comfort zone. Effort and commitment are required, talent is optional.
What style of drawing do you teach?
I teach all my drawing classes in a way that doesn’t focus on style, as style is something that develops naturally and individually over many years of practice. Instead, I teach fundamental drawing principles that will form solid building blocks for any further education or self-study. This class is a construction based figure drawing class with the goal to equip you to draw from imagination, not just observation.
I’m a bit embarrassed thinking about drawing a nude person, what’s the decorum?
No need to be embarrassed. We work with professional figure models who work at many art schools and are pros at posing. During lectures and breaks models wear robes and disrobe only for when they pose. While we draw we don’t talk to the models so we can all concentrate.
As artists, we look at the figure in a whole new light, away from socially constructed ideas about what is beautiful, sexy, ugly, acceptable, etc. Instead we learn to see the shapes created by the body, light patterns, its structure and volume. Once you dive into this way of seeing you won’t even realize what you are looking at, because you are so busy mastering the new skill set. You’ll also realize how liberating it is to see the body in this non-judgmental way.
To make our models feel safe we never have our phones out while they work and never take pictures of them!
I've had some instruction on this topic before, is this class suitable for someone with prior knowledge?
The great thing about fundamental principles is that they'll never conflict with well-founded information, but rather compliment and strengthen it. Great artists know the importance of staying open to new insights and solutions, while carefully evaluating if they are suitable for what the artists hope to achieve. In that spirit I believe this class will only help to grow your skill set.
I’m away on one of the dates can I have a refund for that day?
Please review our cancellation and refund policy carefully before purchasing your class.
I can't commit to all 17 weeks. Can I sign up for a single month?
Yes, you can. You can get blocks ranging from 4-17 weeks. Week-blocks must be consecutive and based on the designed course segments: Gesture & Form, Anatomy, Value, Head/hands/feet. You'll save quite a bit of cash by bundling multiple months.
I don’t know where to buy the materials.
Click here for a list of recommended materials and stores.
"It is almost impossible to find instructed figure drawing classes outside of the college campuses. I tried doing uninstructed sessions and, as a beginner, they just did not work for me. Nor did learning from books and videos. Carolin's class is critical for me because I can get feedback on my challenges. I also get to watch how Carolin creates and get insight on the artistic process. The classes are small which allows for plenty of interaction and exchange with my fellow students. I never found this kind of welcome dynamic in uninstructed sessions."
"I was hesitant to enroll because I’d never had any formal training before. But luckily Carolin’s class helped me gain more confidence and enjoyment when drawing the human figure. Carolin is extremely thorough, always willing to help, and ready to reexplain material if necessary. After taking her classes, I feel I have a strong foundation for wherever I go in my art journey. "