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Figure in context: a mixed media approach

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

  • 29 February 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 1 March 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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Picasso and Paper

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Pablo Picasso, Femmes à leur toilette (detail), Paris, winter 1937–38.

Collage of cut-out wallpapers with gouache on paper pasted on canvas. 299 x 448 cm. Musée national Picasso-Paris. Pablo Picasso Gift in Lieu, 1979. MP176 Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Adrien Didierjean © Succession Picasso/DACS 2019.

Join us for a weekend-long life drawing course in the RA’s historic Life Room to explore how mixed media can enhance your depictions of the human form.

In Latin, the root of context is contexere, meaning to weave or join together. In a similar way, over the course of the weekend, participants will see how they can join together all the elements of their work, from the life model and the setting of the Life Room, to playing with light, shape and form.

Using a variety of wet and dry media including collage, ink, wash and charcoal, this course will look at how context is key to establishing both composition and narrative in a given image.

Beginning with a short introductory lecture by course leader Mick Kirkbride, this comprehensive workshop offers both a theoretical and practical grounding to improve your drawing skills with mixed media, while considering how this approach offers up new opportunities to look at drawing in terms of colour, tone, line and texture.

The course requires an open-minded approach and a willingness to speculate and explore. It is suitable for those who wish to extend their visual language, using a range of mark-making strategies, and challenging preconceptions.

Participants are advised to bring something to carry their work home in, as there are no storage facilities available.

Minimum age 18. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact academicprogrammes@royalacademy.org.uk.

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  • 29 February 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 1 March 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£480. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of day one.