Anatomical Drawing


COURSE DATES: Fridays, 19th April – 7th June 2024

TUTOR: James Otto Allen


TIMES: 10:30am – 4:30pm


FEE: £500

LOCATION: Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

Focus on a different section of the human body each week, looking at bone and muscle structures in particular. You will gain the knowledge that will allow you to question and assess the way you draw the human figure from life and examine your drawings in relation to your understanding of anatomy.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the muscular-skeletal structure of the human body
  • Apply anatomical knowledge to produce anatomically correct drawings from life (observation)
  • Apply structural and tonal drawing skills to convey the complexity of the human body
  • Produce a series of investigative studies that depict each anatomical component in detail
  • Apply safe-working practices at all times.

This course is part of our Elective Skills Workshop series. You will be studying alongside students from our pre-degree and degree programmes.


All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy. These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.


You are expected to prepare for each class by bringing drawing materials with you. You will need an A4 sketchbook or larger to write and draw diagrams during the morning talk. You will also need tracing paper of the same size. You may also wish to bring a file holder for handouts.

If you do not have your own drawing materials, there is an option to order a Drawing Pack at the time of booking which will be available when you arrive for your first class or posted to you.

You will need to bring your own drawing materials to the class, which you can store at The Art Academy for the duration of the course. If you do not have your own materials, we recommend you order the Pack, below, at the time of booking, which will be available when you arrive for your first class. There is also a mini shop in the Academy that supplies the basics such as pencils, sketchbooks, putty rubbers etc. (card purchases only).

Please also bring an apron or old clothing to wear.

    The Drawing Pack contains:
  • One set of lead pencils (2B, 4B, 6B)
  • One box of medium willow charcoal sticks (25 pieces)
  • One ​box ​of willow charcoal extra thick​ individual​ stick
  • One stick of chalk
  • One box of compressed charcoal sticks (12 pieces)
  • Six ​D​erwent pastel pencils, can be used wet or dry
  • One putty rubber​ in a box​
  • One eraser
  • O​n​e auto lock knife (pencil sharpener for Drawing in Museums)

      Please note that pack contents are subject to change at the discretion of the Academy at any time.


James Otto Allen studied Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts, Accademia delle Belle Arti, Viterbo, Italy and gained a BA in Fine Art from the University of Wales, Cardiff. He was awarded the Harry Holland Prize for ‘Best Figurative Artist’ on graduating and his work has been shortlisted for the BP Portrait Awards. James exhibits regularly with the ‘Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ and his work has also appeared in the ING Discerning Eye and Painter Stainers Company exhibitions.

He studied anatomy and biomechanics, aligning his figurative work with the discipline of scientific study of the human body.

James has over 15 years experience teaching art and workshops to students of all levels.

In his studio while executing commissions and paintings, he surrounds himself with anatomical plaster casts of skulls, torsos and other anatomical aids for constant reference.

Terms and Conditions

  • By booking onto one of our courses you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.
  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.

Materials & Equipment

  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you a week before the start of your course.

Concessions and Discounts

We offer a number of concessions and discounts, please find more information on what we offer here.

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James Otto Allen