July 8-12 (5 days, Mon-Fri)     Fee $550


CLIVE POWSEY ~ Life Drawing Intensive

About the workshop

Media: dry media and watercolour

Levels: confident beginner to advanced

This is a 5-day intensive course in observational drawing of the human figure which will provide students with reference material and ideas for future figurative drawing or painting in the studio. We'll start with a brief review of life drawing methods and techniques including gesture, contour, and the measuring of angles and proportions. We'll consider the differences between describing form with line and with light and shade. As well, we will look at the transition from drawing to painting and how that might be negotiated effectively. The course reviews some anatomy and invites students to consider the human form as animal in order to better comprehend the mechanics of what we are seeing and drawing. Usually when life drawing, we ask our models to assume poses that present a pleasing arrangement of body parts. We will try something quite different by first looking at slides from art history, film, theatre, and advertising and then have the model assume iconic and recurring poses in visual art, both sacred and secular. These poses include the sublime and the ridiculous, gods and mortals, saints and sinners, angels, demons, clowns, kings, despots, cover boys and girls. As well as individual poses we will look at compelling arrangements of figures.

Supplies list

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About the artist

Clive Powsey was born in Ashford, Kent, U.K., 1958.  Studied drawing, painting and printmaking at The Ontario College of Art, fourth and final year in an off-campus program in Florence, Italy. Solo exhibitions regularly in both public and commercial galleries since 1981. Group exhibitions include International Waters (1991) with members of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the American Watercolour Society, and The Royal Watercolour Society. The show travelled to Toronto, New York and London. Watercolour painting awards include the D.L. Stevenson Award for Excellence (2009) at the CSPWC annual Open Waters exhibition, and Best Watercolour (1999) at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

Worked in animated film and television for studios that included Nelvana and Walt Disney Animation Canada from 1985 to 2016 with screen credits as an art director, layout and background artist.

Taught drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art (1988-92), now OCADU, and background painting design at Max the Mutt Animation School (1999-2003) in Toronto. Currently teaches drawing and rendering and design fundamentals in the Metal Jewelry Design Certificate Program at North Island College.

Currently producing and exhibiting intaglio and mixed media prints with figurative, landscape, and abstract elements.

On the web

Visit the artist’s website at: clivepowsey.com


Clive Powsey

Gail Sibley

Marleen Vermeulen

Alison Watt

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