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Self portrait by Masterclass Tutor Edith Dormandy


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Drawing of our model Tatiana by Abigail Burton @abigail_burton_art

Atelier figure Drawing with Edith Dormandy


Start date April 27th 2024

We are excited to announce another Masterclass with our resident tutor and professional artist Edith Dormandy. Earlier in the year, she taught portrait and figure drawing for sell-out short courses. This Spring we will be exploring drawing in an atelier style from the nude model. You do not have to have attended the portrait class, or indeed to have any drawing experience to join the class.

Whether you are a complete beginner or an artist with advanced skills, we welcome you to join us on this 9 -week figure drawing short course. Drawing from the nude figure has a long and fascinating history and is a great way to learn the fundamentals of drawing from observation. Join us and spend your Saturday afternoons connecting and learning!
All students will be following the same process, but the teaching style is individualised with guidance catered to each student, so everyone can work at different paces and levels.
By ‘Atelier Drawing’ we mean a traditional technique and style of representational (as opposed to abstract) drawing, which produces a high level of realism. This is a great method to learn, whether you want to draw figures or anything else, because the skills are transferable across all subjects. It is useful in itself and as a foundational skill for representational painting or sculpture, or for more abstracted work.
We will work on a single pose from life for the entire 9 weeks so you will have the chance to push your work to a high level of finish. This may seem like a long time, but don’t worry – there’s lots to do! All materials are included.
Each student will leave the class with:

• a completed figure drawing in charcoal and chalk.
• an understanding of composition
• posing a model for an effective image
• sight size technique
• basic anatomy
• use of charcoal and chalk
• comparative measurement sometimes using equipment and sometimes just by eye
• blocking in (how to start a drawing)
• shape recognition
• edge (soft and hard transitions and the effect of each)
• value (light, shadow and how to tell the difference)
• texture
• expression
• finishing techniques
• a reading list for recommended further study





Course duration 9  weeks.

Every Saturday afternoon 15:30 - 18:30

Saturday 27th April 2024 -  Saturday 29th  June 2024  inclusive

(No class 1 June)


Hackney Fine Arts

Main Building Studio at Hackney City Farm. 1a Goldsmith's Row. London E2 8QA

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Fees include tuition, model fees and all materials:

Regular students  £450 +VAT

Concessionary      £360+VAT

All payments by direct debit:

Deposit: £50+VAT 

Plus 3 instalments.

Book your place

About your tutor:

After graduating from UCL with a first-class BA Hons in History of Art, Edith trained at LARA (The London Atelier of Representational Art) and gained a Diploma in Fine Art, partially paid for by the ARC First Place Scholarship which she won in 2018. She now works as an artist, exhibiting regularly, accepting commissions and teaching drawing and painting privately and at Hackney Fine Arts.


All drawings on this page are works by Edith Dormandy.  For commissioned portraits inquiries please email See some of her recent work on Instagram @edithdormandy

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