Form Gesture Anatomy

Click for photos from the 2016 Brisbane, Australia course

Click for photos from the 2016 Brisbane, Australia course

Scott Breton's Basic Ecorche and Gestural Figure Drawing Course

Update: At 17th February 2016 this course is full.  To register for the waiting list in case someone cancels, please register your email address via the contact form.  I will run this course again next year around the same time, after returning from Florence.  To be notified of when the next course will run, please subscribe to my blog or like my facebook artist page.

When, Where and Cost:

The next course will run for 8 consecutive Sundays beginning with 13th March 2016 and ending with 1st May at the Atelier Art Classes studio in Salisbury, Unit 2B/ 9 Chrome St, Salisbury.  Each Sunday will have two sessions, running 10am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm for a total of 5 hours per Sunday and 40 hours contact in total.  Total cost including materials: $495. To enrol please contact me via the contact form.  A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot. 

This course has resulted from the experience of over six years of teaching figure drawing, with a gradual refinement of how each of the elements of figure drawing might be taught more effectively, as well as how the student might be assisted in the challenge of integrating these factors.

The course includes:

  • Simplified sculpting of the axial skeleton
  • A basic ecorche over a 3D Printed skeleton - kept simple to emphasise the main masses rather than every last muscle  (for example the adductor muscles of the inner thigh are grouped together as one volume rather than learning the Adductor Magnus, Gracilis and so on.  In the model at left you will see the soft tissues of the neck that underly the Sternocleidomastoid and Trapezius grouped together as one mass)
  • Drawing exercises designed to help the student conceive of and depict the gestural figure as mass in space (rather than flat shapes)
  • Tuition in Life drawing, drawing poses from 1 minute to 2 hours in length to help students see and depict the important relationships efficiently and with a sense of movement
  • Analysis of surface form of the figure to relate Anatomical investigations to the figure that is actually observed by the artist
  • Work on fundamental form drawing tools such as cross contouring and becoming comfortable with the geometric forms 

The first delivery of this course that (integrating many of these elements that I have offered separately before) was in May 2015 in Florence, Italy for ICACEA art workshops, and has turned out to be a very effective course.

This updated version of the course has the extensive notes (over 200 pages) provided on this website rather than as printed notes.  This means you can access with your phone, tablet or laptop in class or at home, with full colour diagrams.  As with the model shown above, the ecorche component the course and some other models are visualised not as 2D images but as 3d models that you can rotate, zoom and pan, and even change the lighting.  Click the model to load and try this out.  For more info on navigating the model, once you have loaded the model, click the little eye at bottom right of the embedded model and then click "help".

Click here to login to the full course notes with the password provided


Click the free sample diagrams below to enlarge.  Feel free to download but please let people know where they are from if you share them.

Above: Photos from the Basic Ecorche and Gestural Figure Drawing delivered for ICACEA art workshops, Florence Italy

Above: Diagrams from the course - click to enlarge