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Drawing the animal form: anatomy of the horse

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

  • 18 May 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 19 May 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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George Stubbs ARA, Finished study for 'The Third Anatomical Table of the Muscles ... of the Horse', 1756-1758.

Pencil. 36.6 x 50.5 cm. Royal Academy of Arts.

Artist, writer and broadcaster Dr Sarah Simblet will lead a detailed and artistic examination of the horse. Join us for a practical course studying works from the RA’s historic teaching collection, as well as a recently reconstructed horse skeleton, to create compelling works and explore this complex subject matter.

For this intensive weekend drawing course, a complete and fully articulated skeleton of a horse will stand illuminated at the centre of the RA’s historic Life Room, alongside the Life Room’s famous cast of a horse presented to the Academy in 1919 by W.F. Calderon. To enable anatomical comparisons, there will also be a human skeleton available and a collection of individual human and animal bones from the tutor’s private collection, from which to work.

Through both lectures and drawing sessions, artist Sarah Simblet leads the process of seeing and understanding the exterior form and inner beauty of the horse, with comparisons to the human body to help our understanding. Participants draw from bones, plaster casts and great works of equestrian art held in the RA’s collection. The course includes a visit to the RA Library to be inspired by historical prints and drawings, especially the work of George Stubbs for his 1766 publication The Anatomy of the Horse.

The course includes a guided sculpture tour and sketch walk through Mayfair. Explore Royal Academician Dame Elisabeth Frink’s Horse & Rider and Nic Fiddian-Green’s iconic large-scale horse head Still Water at Marble Arch for an increased understanding of artistic interpretations of the anatomy of the horse.

Over the course of the weekend, participants build up a volume of expressive and analytical drawings in a range of media, developing observational skills and knowledge of the intricate anatomy of the horse. The course provides a remarkable opportunity to engage with the animal world and understand anatomy and its use in art and by artists in a novel and exciting way.

The course is complementary to the history and theory course: The Horse: Empire, Modernity and Modern Art from George Stubbs to Mark Wallinger.

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  • 18 May 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 19 May 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£420. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of day one.