Antony Gormley © Antony Gormley

Figure - Inspired by Antony Gormley (recording)

Drawing / Mixed Media / Waterbased / Figure


Course details

Join artist Ilker Cinarel for this experimental, expressive webinar inspired by Antony Gormley’s drawings and paintings of the human figure. Recorded from our studio in St Ives with a model, you are invited to join at home with guided exercises.

Antony Gormley, Ilker Cinarel
Antony Gormley, Body Series © Antony Gormley

Enjoy capturing the human figure in an experimental and explorative way in this online webinar inspired by Antony Gormley’s drawings of the human form. Led by artist Ilker Cinarel, see how using a range of materials and techniques can create fresh perspectives to depicting the body.

Famous for his life-size sculptural casts of the human figure, Gormley is less well-known for his drawings and paintings of the same subject. In these drawings, Gormley describes the body from both inside and outside, using non-idealised and universal forms alive with energy, and exploring the body through physical and spiritual experiences of what it is like to be human.

Using these drawings and ideas as a starting point, Ilker will show you how to create exciting images inspired by Gormley’s expressive drawings. See how to build effective compositions by combining observation and intuition, and how experimenting with mark-making can offer new ways to capturing the human figure.

Starting with some shorter, experimental sketches, working from a model, see how to build line, form and texture through mark-making exercises and a variety of materials. Build the human form through dots, splashes, spirals and ‘constellations’, and explore drawing the figure through a more ‘holistic’ approach; seeing how we engage with the figure through observation, feeling, connection and memory can offer an exciting, expressive way of making images.

Antony Gormley, Ilker Cinarel
Antony Gormley, Exposure © Jordi Huisman, Museum De Paviljoens

Who is this course for?

Ideal if you are looking for a new ways to expand your drawing and painting practice. Beginners and those with more experience are both welcome to join. 

What will I learn?

1. Loosen your approach to capturing the human figure.

2. Explore new mark-making techniques.

3. See how experimenting with different mediums can free-up your practice.

4. Learn about a lesser-known aspect of Antony Gormley’s art practice.

5. Explore working from both observation and intuition.

Taught by


View Ilker’s Work

I love sharing my knowledge and life experiences with others. My unique approach is to try to create individual, authentic voices in the curriculum within a conceptual and non conceptual framework. It’s great to be part of an historical, internationally renowned school.

What to Bring

A list of materials will be available to see in your account.

You will need access to the internet and ideally a PC, laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are not really suitable to watch on.

Timings and Breaks

You can revisit as often as you like for up to 60 days after purchase.


Online Art Courses – All

How can I get help in choosing a course?

Our friendly expert staff are always happy to discuss your needs and our courses in more detail to help you with your decision. Please call us on 01736 797180

Do I need a webcam/any equipment.

For our webinar sessions which are broadcast on the internet and no webcam or microphone is needed as you just need to be able to see/hear hosts and you can communicate using the chat function. You can watch using a PC, Smart TV or tablet. A phone isn’t ideal as you will struggle to see enough unless you can miracast to a screen or smart TV.

For the longer online courses on Zoom you will need a laptop or tablet with audio and camera enabled so you can have a screen near where you are working. If you have a PC without camera or speakers, you can purchase a plug and play webcam for approx £25 which connects to a usb port. You will also need reasonable broadband connection and speed.

All the art materials and equipment needed to participate in the course will be listed in full on the online learning platform, for live webinars this will be a minimum of two weeks before the session starts.

I have registered for the webinar but I can't find my joining link

You can access all the resources and joining link for your webinar via our online learning platform. You will need to have set up an account on our online learning platform in advance. You can do this during the checkout process when purchasing your webinar. If you are having trouble accessing your online account, please contact [email protected]. You can use a PC or tablet or even cast from your phone to watch on your Smart TV.

I paid for the session but missed it, how can I watch?

Currently all our online sessions are recorded and you can access the recording on our online learning platform until it expires. Usually 60 days for a webinar, 90 – 180 days for multipart webinars or online courses.

Studio Courses

How can I get help in choosing a course?

Our friendly expert staff are always happy to discuss your needs and our courses in more detail to help you with your decision. Please call us on 01736 797180

How do I get my work home?

Tutors have special techniques for transporting oil paintings and the school has plastic folders available in our shop for £3.50 or do bring a portfolio.

For international students we are happy to arrange transportation of your work back home.

What do I need to bring?

Absolutely nothing! All materials and aprons are provided although some people do like to bring their own set of brushes.

What do I do for lunch?

Courses allow an hour’s break for lunch and there are numerous places nearby or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch into the studio.

What times do courses run?

Most of our courses start at 10am and end at 4.30pm on the first day. Subsequent days we start at 9.30am ending at 4pm.

Weekend Courses run 10am – 4pm on the first day but the final day starts at 9.30 and ends at 3.30 with a short lunch break to enable people to get home that evening.

Do you have to be experienced to come to the School?

The School is a very friendly and welcoming place for all ages and experience. Our drop-in life classes and August half-day workshops are ideal for those wanting to have a go for the first time. Most of our longer courses are also fine for novices.

If any of the courses do need a bit of experience we flag this up in the brochure and on the website.

Booking a Course

Can I pay by cheque?

Please get in touch by phone and we can hold your place for a few days whilst you post your cheque (made payable to: St Ives School of Painting) to us at St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios. St Ives TR26 1NG

How can I reserve a place?

We will hold a provisional reservation for 24 hours if you give us a call whilst you find accommodation. Otherwise please book online or by telephone 01736 797180.

You can reserve a place with a £100 deposit; balance is due 12 weeks before course start date.

About St Ives

Where do I park?

The nearest long stay public car parks are the Island and Barnoon both 5 minute walk away. In the peak summer months it may be easier to park at the big top car park by the leisure centre and walk down into town. If you don’t fancy the walk up the hill at the end of the day there is a shuttle bus which runs from outside the cinema.

How do I get there?

Public Transport: If you are coming from further afield the main train line runs into St Erth which is a 15 min taxi ride away or you can take the St Ives Bay Line which runs approx. every 30 minutes. The School is a 10 minute walk from St Ives station.

Driving: M5 will take you to Exeter where we recommend that you take the A30 across Bodmin Moor and into Cornwall. After passing Hayle, leave the A30 at St Erth roundabout for St Ives. Turn right at the second roundabout. This road will take you through Lelant and Carbis Bay into St Ives.

Where can I stay?

St Ives has a huge selection of hotels, guest houses and self catering accommodation to choose from. Please browse the art holidays St Ives section on our website and give us a call if you would like any help.

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