Foundations in Model Drawing

- using the training methods of the French Academy


I recommend taking at least one Bargue drawing course before moving to model drawing course. The reason is that the methods we will use for life model drawing build strictly on the observational methods we study in academic drawing.

The course operates in an Atelier environment. There are 6x 2.5 hour long lessons (15 min setup, 15 min overview, 2 hour model session) running once a week. Students attend a total of 15 hours of training under personalized instruction in order to complete the course. The course focuses on the observation of human form from life, but applying classical realist methods as introduced in the drawing course.

  • The 6 session model course costs 79,000. ISK 
  • Location: TBD
  • Instruction will be in English

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***************************Linda has moved out of Lyngás studio, all courses on hold until new studio space issue is resolved.********************************


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Model drawing in StepsLife Model Drawing Steps


This course follows the French academic method, expanding on the Bargue drawing foundation introduced in the drawing lessons (see drawing lessons course description). We will use the exact same methods of sight size observation and form simplification, except here applied with a life model and real world lighting challenges.

During the course, the student will complete one life drawing in graphite. Furthermore the student will complete 1-2 smaller model studies from life. 


  • know how to setup paper and easel for sigh-size model drawing
  • be able to utilize the plum line in life drawing sessions
  • work slowly but surely: Observe, validate and think about form and values more often than drawing
  • be familiar with the challenges of human form and perspective
  • be familiar with the light shape/ shadow shape
  • be familiar with the shadow line design and its impact
  • been introduced to some human anatomy landmarks to aid observation
  • have learned about preparatory work, block-in sketches and value studies

Instruction method: Students will receive instructions individually in a studio environment.

About the instructor: Linda Jen is a graduate of the Florence Academy of Art where she trained in classical realist painting using many of the traditional methods introduced in this course. Linda is a member of the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM).