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Drawing from the masters II: colour in the Renaissance

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

  • 24 March 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 25 March 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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Drawing in the Life Room, 2017

Led by award-winning painter and figurative artist Andy Pankhurst, this practical course focuses on the relationship between colours, using the Renaissance masters Titian, Dürer and Holbein as inspiration.

When we draw from such great artists as the Renaissance masters, Titian, Dürer and Holbein, it is not merely a copy, but a point of entry into the mind, the thought processes, and the artistic approaches of some of the greatest artists of all time. In turn, you begin to learn about the visual language and concepts of picture-making itself, for example: the structure of compositional surface geometry, the imagined pictorial space and its articulation of three-dimensional form upon a two-dimensional surface, the orchestration of colour relationships – such tangible concepts we learn from the masters.

It was the same for those artists that we consider masters today. For instance, Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), the great Flemish artist, drew great influence from Italian Renaissance masters including Mantegna, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Correggio, Tintoretto – but most of all, from Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c. 1487–1576), the foremost master of Venetian painting. Making copies from Titian became common practice for Rubens, although in doing so, his copies always retained their own idiosyncratic Rubenesque characteristics and adaptions.

Rubens copying from Titian, and in turn Van Dyck from Rubens, demonstrates in part the rich legacy and fertile history to draw from in copying after one’s predecessors. Thus, the evolution of the language of the visual arts, though not always linear, develops within a continuous cross-fertilisation of ideas.

This course endeavours to embrace and explore such artistic discourse and visual culture essential to creative ideals, while working under the guidance of painter and expert tutor Andy Pankhurst.

Please note that this is a drawing course, using wet and dry drawing materials including coloured chalks/pastels and watercolour. Oil or acrylic paint will not be used during this course.

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  • 24 March 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 25 March 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, RA Schools, Piccadilly

£420 Includes all materials, lunch, and wine reception.