Anatomy for Art

8-week course

Featuring Dr. Susan Whiten, senior anatomy lecturer at St Andrews University (now retired), Jen Robson and Kirsty Whiten, artist-tutors.

  • Is Anatomy for Art suitable for me?


The course is suitable for anyone with some experience of life drawing. It will be ideal for anyone who wants to make more convincing drawings of the human figure, or has an interest in understanding anatomy and translating it into their own style.

The drawing tutorials introduce some inspiring and challenging approaches, to deepen your experience of life drawing.

  • What should I expect from Anatomy for Art ?


Each week Dr. Whiten delivers a short and informative lesson on various parts and functions of the human body, followed by life drawing tutorials by Jen Robson or Kirsty Whiten, showing how this fascinating information can be incorporated into your drawing. (duration 15 – 30 minutes)

Each lesson comes with a high quality life-model session (duration 90-minutes with a break), to put into practice what you have learned.

  • What does Anatomy for Art cost?

Course only


Course plus weekly feedback video call with a tutor (limited places)


  • How does an online life drawing class work?


Our quality video tutorials and model videos are streamed from a secure Dropbox. Just click on a link in an email from us to watch (and re-watch) the videos as much as you need to over the nine weeks of the course. If you choose the tutor-feedback option, you have a 20-minute video call every week to discuss your personal progress and development.

You will need internet access good enough to stream the videos, and a workspace where you can draw with a good view of the screen.

  • What are the Anatomy for Art Topics and Techniques?


The Skeleton 1 & 2

Layering drawings, making studies of the body’s scaffolding in many different poses

Muscles and Movement 1 & 2

Working fast with the ‘line of action’ in short poses, creating contemporary écorché studies on tracing paper to understand the layers under the skin

Focus on arms and hands

All our tips and tricks for tackling hands in life drawing – finding position, scale, forming convincing impressions

Focus on legs and feet

Finding the form to get a life-like impression of the model in the time you have

The head and neck in life drawing

Learning how the structure of the skull and muscles in the neck work, capturing a quick and confident figure from head to toe

Focus on the face

Being deliberate in mapping proportions, structure and features of the face, approaches for portraiture

You will have the opportunity to make multiple drawings of our skeleton 'Raoul' alongside real models posing. You will make drawings of the model and use references to imagine where the Skeletal Muscular System lies. You will learn and internalise the structure of the body, which will free you up to be more expressive - learning the rules so you can break them.

  • What materials will I need for Anatomy for Art?


A sketchbook A3 or larger,

sheets of newsprint or sugar paper (white/grey/black) A2 or larger,

tracing paper A3 or larger,


soft willow charcoal,

colour pastels,

white chalk, and anything else you like to draw with.


You will produce 6 – 12 drawings per session.

It’s not essential you have everything on this list – you can find ways to make do with what you’ve got to hand, like parcel paper from the post office or a roll of plain wallpaper.