Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Life Studies 2
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 66 Hours. x taught life classes
Seminars / Tutorials 100 Hours. 4 x 30 minute tutorials per student, 4 hours of group tutorials 28 hours of home based research and reading and preparation for portfolio submission


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio submission including: Preparatory work: (sketchbooks, studies etc.)A portfolio of paintings and/or drawings  100%
Supplementary Assessment Re-submission of portfolio 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a. demonstrate a growing proficiency in painting and drawing from the life model.
b. analyse the human form and interpret that analysis in the context of a number of different project briefs.
c. evidence a growing understanding of the creative potential of life studies within the framework of their other art practice.
d. evaluate their own work in relation to other students taking this module.
e. evidence some knowledge of methods and materials, their relative potentials and limitations.
f. articulate ideas about their own work through interaction in individual and group tutorials

Brief description

Students further their art practice in the context of the life class, following a series of projects based around the life model. The type and length of pose is set by the tutor who will also prescribe a series of projects that explore the subject of the nude in the context of: tone, structure, anatomy, colour, movement and arrested movement. The final part of the course comprises an extended project based around the nude to be determined by the tutor.


This module is designed for students wishing to work in the life class at level 2. It is an option for those students with a particular interest in painting and drawing the nude and forms the part of a pathway in Life Studies initiated in Part 1.


All life study sessions take place in the life room during periods of core studio time.(currently Wednesday 10-5pm) A list of materials required for each session is posted one week in advance. The tutor determines the poses and context in which the following programme of study takes place:

Week 1: Introduction: strategies and materials (painting and drawing) for life studies

Week 2: Anatomy and structure of the body

Week 3: Tone (i)

Week 4: Tone (ii) development & group tutorial

Week 5: Colour (i)

Week 6: Colour (ii) development

Week 7: Colour (iii) development & group tutorial

Week 8: Movement and arrested movement

Week9: Extended project

Week10: Extended project

Week 11: Conclusion of extended project

Transferable skills

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication development and encouragement of communication skills occurs during tutorials and group tutorials
Improving own Learning and Performance development of a self-critical appraoch to creative working and to time management, supproted through the tutorail programme.
Problem solving development of practical drawing and painting skills
Research skills development of a programme of art practice related research centred around the subject of the nude
Team work A degree of teamwork is inherent in the group tutorials but not formally assessed

Reading List

Recommended Text
Boyd, Stephen (1989) Life Class: The Academic Male Nude, 1820-1920 London: Gay Men's Press Primo search Clark, Kenneth (1956) The Nude: A Study of Ideal Art , London: John Murray Primo search Cormack, Malcolm (1976) The Nude in Western Art Oxford: Phaidon Primo search Gerdts, William H (1974) The Great American Nude: A History in Art London: Phaidon Press Primo search Hobhouse, Janet (1988) The Bride Stripped Bare: the Artist and the Nude in the Twentieth Century London: Cape Primo search Lambirth, Andrew, (2001) Ken Kiff London: Thames & Hudson Primo search Levey, Michael, (1972) The Nude London: National Gallery Primo search Louville, François de., Lucie-Smith, Edward (1985) The Male Nude: a Modern View Oxford: Phaidon Primo search McDonald, Helen (2001) Erotic Ambiguities: the Female Nude in Art London; New York: Routledge Primo search Nead, Lynda (1992) The Female Nude: Art, Obscenity, and Sexuality London: Routledge Primo search Potts, Alex (1994) Flesh and the Ideal: Winckelmann and the Origins of Art New Haven: Yale University Press Primo search Saunders, Gill Victoria and Albert Museum (1989) The Nude: a New Perspective London: Herbert Primo search Smith, Alison (c1996) The Victorian Nude: Sexuality, Morality, and Art Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5