03) Figurative Sketching

A beginner’s level class for the basics of drawing the human figure. Students will learn how to visually deconstruct human figures into basic forms, to understand how the body is anatomically connected, and how it all parts work in relation to one another. They will also be learning how to draw dynamic and perspective poses. The aim of the class is to help students to be able to draw the human figure as anatomically accurate as possible in a variety of stationary or moving human figure pose from memory, utilizing the collection of techniques taught in class.

Class Outline

1. Deconstruction and reconstruction of the human figure.

2. Drawing moving, sitting, and laying down poses.

3. Field trip and drawing live figures (negotiable amongst the class and the instructor)

4. Drawing human figures from imagination.

1. Deconstruction and reconstruction of the human figure.

2. Drawing moving, sitting, and laying down poses.

3. Analyzing the human figure from an anatomical/skeletal reference

4. Drawing human figures from imagination.

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class


-Pencil (B - 8B)


-Eraser (rubber and/ or putty)

-Black pen (ball pen and/ or artist drawing pen)

-A3 + A4 sketchbooks.

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Sun, 13 Oct, 2019
Tue, 5 Nov, 2019
Sundays & Tuesdays
6:00pm - 8:00pm
VCUarts Qatar, Room
QAR 1000


Sarah Hassan Al-Ansari

Sarah Al-Ansari is a Qatari-American artist who earned her BFA in Painting from Middle Tennessee State University in 2015. Sarah has exhibited her art locally and worked as a part-time illustrator for Qatar’s branch of Bloomsbury Publishing in 2012. After graduation, she started to work as an intern at the Virginia Commonwealth University of Qatar in 2016. She was an artist-in-residence at the Doha Firestation from 2018-19.

She works exclusively in paintings, but has worked in printmaking particularly in etching, and incorporates beading and embroidery into her pieces. Sarah’s works involve a social commentary on her bi-cultural environment and the effect it had on her growing up. She plays with ambiguity, patterning and tension to create a discussion on cultural differences and complex identity.
Her recent works examine a reoccurring water dream that seems to symbolize her bi-cultural experience of belonging and not belonging to one place, and an ethereal representation of herself.