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Drawing the Renaissance nude

Four-week practical evening course

Short course

  • 20 May 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 27 May 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 3 June 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 10 June 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm

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The Renaissance Nude

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Raphael, The Three Graces, c. 1517-18 (detail).

Red chalk. 20.3 x 25.8 cm. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019.

To coincide with ‘The Renaissance Nude’ exhibition, this course explores approaches to drawing the figure, inspired by the ideas and techniques of Renaissance art.

The 15th and 16th centuries were a pivotal time for the nude in Western art. A renewed interested in ancient Greece and Rome brought the human body to the forefront of artistic innovation. Renaissance artists depended on both the life model and on their understanding of the idealised anatomy of classical sculpture to create groundbreaking images.

This course examines approaches that Renaissance artists used in drawing, from brief sketches to fully worked-up final pieces.

With an exclusive after-hours access to The Renaissance Nude, participants will take direct inspiration from the works in the exhibition. Working directly from both male and female life models, you’ll create an array of life studies in different media, from charcoal sketches to the Italian tricolour approach.

Week one – Monday 20 May
Introduction to Renaissance drawings
Exclusive after-hours access to and drawing session in The Renaissance Nude
Rapid observational drawing from life

Week two – Monday 27 May
Proportion and measurement: using traditional techniques

Week three – Monday 3 June
Active poses and capturing suggested movement
Introducing the tricolour technique

Week four – Monday 10 June
Longer sustained poses
Combining materials and creating the figure’s environment

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  • 20 May 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 27 May 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 3 June 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 10 June 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm

The Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£420. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a drinks reception at the end of the final session.

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