The Skills and Disciplines of Renaissance Drawing

Theory and Practice in the Workshop


Learn the essentials of Renaissance drawing and gain the technical knowledge which underpinned the drawing process of the Renaissance Masters in this six-week, live, online course.

6 Wednesdays Starting 17th April 2024

6 Tuesdays Starting 30th April 2024

6 Thursdays Starting 27th June 2024


Learn and apply the skills and technical knowledge of the artists who trained and worked in the time of Leonardo da Vinci. Over the six sessions you will obtain the essential skills and theoretical understanding which enables Renaissance artists to practice their craft. By combining the dynamic and creative approach of the masters with the foundational theory of Renaissance art and design, you will develop the ability to draw more confidently and achieve greater artistic proficiency and discipline. This course introduces and explains how Renaissance artists drew the human figure and head in proportion and how they understood the intrinsic design of the human form. You will gain this knowledge to be better able to draw from life and to design from your own intuition. You will also learn the principles of perspective, light and dark, and the application of varying linear qualities to represent the likeness of a subject with sensitivity.

You will learn:

  • The proportions and design of the human head and face
  • The proportions and design of the human figure
  • How to draw hands and feet
  • How to use and apply linear perspective
  • The principles 0f chiaroscuro: the dynamics of shadow and light
  • How to draw with linear sensitivity

Course Structure

Class 1 – Drawing the Human Head and Face: the design of the features and the proportions of the head

Class 2 – Drawing the Human Figure: the parts and their proportion within the whole

Class 3 – Hands and Feet: their structure and design

Class 4 – Chiaroscuro: giving substance and relief to a form

Class 5 – Shapes and Forms in Perspective: representing three dimensions and space

Class 6 – The Dynamic Figure: naturalism and beauty in the expressive body


This course introduces the essential skills of Renaissance drawing and is suitable for both people with drawing experience who wish to bring an historical, Renaissance grounding into their approach, and people with little or no experience. The course covers a the elemental topics which are essential to an understanding of how the Renaissance masters drew and will inform and inspire positive creative development for anyone seeking to imbue their drawing with the same principles enacted in the work of artists like Leonardo. As the second course in the Discover Renaissance Drawing category, it is the recommended course for those seeking to learn more about Renaissance design theory and if you are seeking an introductory course in drawing.

You Will Need:

Pencils (F, HB) or a Silverpoint Stylus (with paper prepared for silverpoint or a boxwood tablet)

White or off-white paper and tinted paper (your preferred colours)

Start Date

Wednesdays 17 April 2024 – 22 May 2024, 18:00 – 20:00 PM UK / 01:00 PM NY, Tuesdays 30 April 2024 – 4 June 2024, 19:00 – 20:00 PM UK / 14:00 – 16:00 PM NY, Thursdays 27 June 2024 – 1 August 2024, 19:00 – 20:00 PM UK / 14:00 – 16:00 PM NY

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