2016 Winner of the Haworth Life Drawing Prize, Steph Grundy. Photograph courtesy of Nick Harrison.

Haworth Life Drawing Series

Life drawing by students from the School of Arts & Media
Funded by the Haworth Charitable Trust

Thanks to support from the Haworth Charitable Trust, the School of Arts & Media re-introduced life drawing to the curriculum last year.  The classes, conducted by Dr David Hancock continued this year and also included a ‘masterclass’ by Manchester-based artist Christopher Clements who practices and teaches traditional techniques.

The Series has ensured that students from a range of programmes including Visual Arts, Fashion Design, Animation, Graphic Design and Computer Games Design can develop this key artistic skill at their own pace and reflect this new knowledge and understanding in their work. The sessions used different models, a variety of poses and encouraged students to use pencil, charcoal, pastel and paint to represent the human form. This small selection showcases work from some of the participants.

The Haworth Life Drawing Prize was presented student Steph Grundy at the preview of the exhibition. The prize is the opportunity to travel to a European country to study artworks in major galleries/museums; last year’s winner Hazel Clegg travelled to Paris where she studied works at the Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay, Musée d’Art Moderne and Palais De Tokyo.

‘The life drawing classes have had a really strong and amazing impact on my skills and the way I think about and study the human figure. I would recommend the class to anyone, it’s fun, it impacts significantly on your drawing skills (not just for the figure but for anything – you begin to see things in a new way when drawing) and you will end up with a body of work to be proud of.’   Hazel Clegg, 2015 Haworth Life Drawing Prize winner.

The award is judged upon the quality of the drawings/paintings in the student’s wider portfolio, their development of skills and also their active participation to the life drawing classes.

The Haworth Charitable Trust

“The Haworth Trust, a registered charity, was established 26 years ago. Its primary aim is to give financial assistance to deserving young people with exceptional talent who are determined to make a career in the arts, particularly in painting or music. It has a particular interest in assisting people located in the northern counties of England.”

 Exhibition runs until September 2016

Haworth Life Drawing Series has been organised by the School of Arts & Media with support from the Office of University Advancement.