Module Identifier AR22210  
Module Title LIFE STUDIES 2  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr Simon J Pierse  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Ms Karen M Pearce, Mr Paul Webster  
Pre-Requisite AR10220 , AR10120  
Course delivery 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 TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio submission including: Preparatory work: (sketchbooks, studies etc.)A portfolio of paintings and/or drawings100%
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

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  
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.  
Team work A degree of teamwork is inherent in the group tutorials but not formally assessed  

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 5