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The art of life painting

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 22 February 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 23 February 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A., Theory (detail), 1779 – 80.

Oil on canvas. 1780 x 1790 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

In this weekend-long course, figurative artist Andy Pankhurst will help students to improve their life painting by exploring conceptual ideas that have challenged artists for centuries.

This course combines the teaching of painting using life models with philosophical theories that will encourage students to question their own practice. Participants will be asked to look beyond the subject matter and capture the human presence and the character of the model.

The first president of the Royal Academy, Joshua Reynolds, encouraged his students to produce more than just a mirror image, instead exploring the emotions behind nature. Participants will discover something new about their paintings by questioning preconceived ideas about form, light, interactions of colour and dramatic contrasts.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 22 February 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 23 February 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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

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