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Course Description

Join UK artist Ian Mood for an exploration of one of the cornerstones of artistic expression: figure drawing. Through slide-presentation of master figure studies throughout history in class demonstration, and working from photo references for the first two days, Ian will share his process for drawing the human form with charcoal and other mediums. Students will find the challenge of drawing the figure from direct observation develops valuable tools for any art practice, including scale and dimension. Day 3 will feature drawing from a live model. Whether you are a beginner interested in the art of drawing, looking to revisit skills, or regularly incorporate figure drawing as an essential component to your artmaking, Ian will work with you individually to help you to elevate your observational skills as he shares his passion for this classic practice. Live model will be posing ALL LEVELS WELCOME.

Cancellation Policy

Thank you for signing up for a class. Once your class is paid for, we cannot offer a refund or credit, unless we cancel class due to low registration. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us BEFORE completing your payment.


Willow charcoal
Other drawing mediums if available.
Pencils, chalk, compressed charcoal, erasers, box cutter or pencil sharpeners.
16” x 20” drawing pad or drawing paper - to close to that.
Drawing boards are provided by AAN
Photo reference for drawing Days 1 and 2.
Live model will be for last day.

PLEASE NOTE AAN’s Greener Practices:

  • Oils: Stand, Linseed, Vegetable, Walnut
  • Solvents: Galkyd or Gamsol
  • Clean up with vegetable oil and soap :
    (palettes, tables, brushes, and easels)
  • ALL Rags and Towels with Paint, Ink, and Solvents are disposed in red cans.


  • Turpentine, Paint Thinner, or Mineral Spirits, including odorless products
  • Fumey and Toxic Glues
  • Liquin, Varnish, Dryers, Fixatives or Aerosols
Drawing the Figure 18+

Ian Mood

Ian Mood born in 1972, studied Fine Art at the University of the West of England, in Bristol. He divides his time between his home in the Potteries, Manchester and the US. His work features amongst collections in New York and Cape Cod. He is a member of the Artists’ Association of Nantucket where he was awarded the Frank Swift Chase Plein Air Award 2014.
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