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Figure Drawing from Life – Onsite

Learn to tonally render a figure from life

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Teacher Artwork by Eric Mannella

Figure Drawing From Life

This class will be held onsite at the following location:

Atelier de Brésoles
55 rue de Brésoles, Montréal, QC H2Y 1V7 Canada

Join us at Atelier des Brésoles, located in the heart of Old Montreal, next to Notre Dame Cathedral, for an immersive course in figure drawing. In this class, you will learn the art of capturing movement, gestural poses, and enhancing the sense of life and vitality in your artwork. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, this class is tailored to accommodate all levels of expertise.

Under the expert guidance of your instructor, Eric Mannella, you will delve into techniques for tonal rendering, enabling you to infuse your drawings with depth, realism, and a captivating 3-dimensional quality. With live models as your subjects, you will gain valuable insights into representing the human figure with accuracy and nuance. Throughout the course, Eric will adapt the material to suit individual skill levels, ensuring that beginners feel supported and challenged while allowing advanced students to refine their techniques further.

By the end of this course, you will possess the ability to tonally render a figure from life, infusing it with an element of dynamism that breathes life into your artwork. Whether you're aiming to improve your drawing skills, expand your artistic repertoire, or create evocative pieces that resonate with viewers, this class is a stepping stone to achieving your creative goals.

Don't miss the opportunity to join us in this inspiring setting and immerse yourself in a world of artistry, where you will refine your skills, explore the beauty of the human form, and create captivating drawings that truly come to life.

  • Course Type Atelier de Brésoles Onsite Classes
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level
    All Levels
    All Levels

    This class is available to students of any skill level.

  • Language English

Please note that this class is onsite at Atelier de Brésoles.  Please arrive on time to your class.

$539 (save CAD $70.00 for a limited time) $469 CAD
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Note: This class will be offered onsite only

Term: Fall 2023

Class Timings: Thursdays from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC-4h)

Date of first class: September 28th

Duration: 10 weeks

Please note that our classes times are listed as EDT (GMT-4) but that starting on Sunday, November 5th, 2023, all class times will go into EST (GMT-5)

It should be noted that students should set aside a minimum of 3 hours per week to complete assignments for this class. Students may even require a bit more time (4-5 hours per week) depending on how quickly they can work through assignments.

This class will be held onsite at the following location:

Atelier de Brésoles
55 rue de Brésoles, Montréal, QC H2Y 1V7 Canada



Skill requirements 

To enroll in this course you should have: 

  • A foundation in the basics of realistic drawing, such as basic perspective, proportions and shading.
  • Ideally completed our Foundations of Drawing class or have equivalent practice/experience.

If you are unsure of your skill level, please contact [email protected] for additional guidance.


Language and age requirements

You should have at least intermediate level English to take this class. Please be advised that there could be artistic nudity in our classes. Students should be 14 years old to enroll.

Required Materials

  • 18x24 inch pad of white drawing paper: Canson, Strathmore, or Fabriano brand. NOT newsprint.
  • Notebook or sketchbook for taking notes
  • 3 sheets of Canson Mi-Teints paper, 19x25 inches, Steel Grey or Felt Grey colour
  • Staedtler Mars Lumograph graphite pencils, 3 of each: 2B, HB. 1 of each: H, 2H, 4H
  • Terracotta or Earth red Col-Erase pencil
  • Derwent Drawing pencil in Chinese White or Faber Castell Polychromos pencil in white
  • White eraser
  • Kneadable eraser: the soft grey kind
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Clear plastic ruler: 30 cm / 12 inches or longer,
  • 3 or 4 clips to hold paper onto a drawing board
  • Masking tape

*List subject to change, the official material list will be sent before the beginning of the term.




Tech Requirements for Attending Syn Studio Online Classes

Minimum Requirements

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 600kbps bandwidth (up/down).
  • A Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a single core processor (at least 1 GHZ processing speed) or a smartphone/tablet with equivalent processing capabilities
  • Good speakers/earphones to listen to the classes 
  • Browser - IE7+, Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome 
  • Operating System - Windows XP, Mac OS 10.6, Linux distro based on 3.0 kernel, Android 5.0, iOS 10


Syn Studio Recommendations

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 1.5Mbps bandwidth (up/down). You can also connect to the internet directly using your ethernet cable to improve your experience.
  • Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a dual core processor with at least 2 GHZ processing speed and a 4 GB RAM
  • High Quality speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser & Operating System - We recommend using the latest version of the browser and operating system for an optimal online classroom experience.

Course Outline

*Please note that the following outline is subject to change slightly at the teacher's discretion.

Week 1-5 - Gain proficiency in the block-in technique through a series of simple exercises designed to teach you to effectively simplify and construct figures from life. You will learn to efficiently measure proportion and create a perfectly composed drawing within your workspace. You will also focus on movement and gesture of the body to give your drawings more drama and life

Week 6-10 - Become proficient in tonal rendering of the figure to give your drawings vibrancy and realism through lessons of light, shadow and volume.

Check out the entire outline


Please note that this class is onsite at Atelier de Brésoles.  Please arrive on time to your class.

This class is being offered at
CAD $469.00
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