Warrnambool School of Art


Upper Body Workout with Godwin Bradbeer WORKSHOP

Warrnambool School OF Art presents-

Upper Body Workout with Godwin Bradbeer

Date TBC please email your interest in this workshop 

This drawing workshop will focus on human portraiture in the context of the physiology of the upper body. The dynamic and the subtle structures of the neck and shoulders in relation to the head and visage. So this is neither full figure drawing nor simply frontal facial portraiture. Two models will be present to allow for clear visual access to dramatic positions. Models will be semi-clothed to allow for a more intense focus on upper body structures which are often over simplified or grossly neglected in studies of the figure.

Participants may make as many as 4 – 6 drawings in the session. Initial drawings will be in the range of 5 to 20  mins and in the latter half of the session a study of between 1 to 2 hour duration will be resolved.


What you will learn

Participants will build knowledge and skills for drawing the upper body structures within their continuing life drawings and studies in portraiture.

You will become familiar with the anatomical terms; trapezius (shoulder-neck muscles), sterno-cleido mastoid (neck muscles), clavicle (collarbone),  sternum (breastbone), and other physiological terms.

Participants will be challenged to view the subject from above and from below.

By creating of suite of drawings (approx 4 – 6) upon a constant theme participants will consolidate a sense of continuity and development that gives depth to work that may otherwise be simply pictorial.


The tutor discussion will embrace analysis of both contemporary and traditional practices and artists. Amongst artists, reference will be made to; Andrea Del Sarto, Caravaggio, Bernini, Rodin, Degas, Kathe Kollwitz, Jenny Saville and others. 

Works by participants will be discussed in situ in an analytical and encouraging manner.

What to bring

  • Your Lunch
  • Materials see below


   6 – 10 sheets of paper  Dimensions approx 80 x  60 cms            (variable)

  • 2 or 3 sheets of quality papers (Fabriano, Arches, Saunders, Stonehenge, etc). Otherwise sound drawing papers Academia, Cartridge. Tutor prefers hot pressed (smooth) paper.
  • Charcoal (3 or 4 sticks) medium and thick width
  • Compressed charcoal or conte. (3 or 4)
  • Pastel (3 or 4) black, white, and possibly brown (umber), ochre. A blue and a red
  • Eraser(s)
  • Cloth(s)
  • Blade
  • 2 large bulldog clips

What is supplied

Morning tea

Godwin will bring some materials for supplementary use.

You can view Godwin's work here-  



This workshop is one of our Creative Weekend Escapes WSOA would like to thank and acknowledge Warrnambool city council for their support.


Upper Body Workout with Godwin Bradbeer
Time: 10am- 4pm on TBC
$ 245.00