Drawing and music: picturing movement

Two-day practical workshop

Courses and Classes

  • 10 December 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 11 December 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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Adele Wagstaff

This weekend course is an exciting opportunity to study the human figure, whilst being able to observe and analyse the shapes and relationships between musicians and their instruments.

Drawing and painting musicians in rehearsal is a subject that has continued to fascinate and inspire artists. Whilst the constantly moving figure is incredibly challenging to draw, particular movements, angles and the negative shapes created are often repeated.

Degas’ many drawings and paintings of ballet dancers are well known, but alongside these works there are also many views of theatre orchestral pits and rehearsal scenes. Royal Academicians Bernard Dunstan and Patrick Symons have produced many scenes of musicians in rehearsal. Bernard Dunstan RA captures the structure and atmosphere of interiors and the world of musical performance, while Patrick Symons RA spent years studying musicians, and his painting titled Mary Iliff’s Viola played by Electric Light and Drawn by Gas Light was painted over a period of fifteen years. Drawings by Tom Phillips RA that capture his son playing the violin as a boy, have a beautiful fluency and movement, yet they also have a tremendous sense of structure to them.

Many artists themselves are instrumentalists and have consequently been the subjects of paintings. Picasso painted Matisse playing the violin and Euan Uglow painted Portrait of Patrick Symons RA of the artist playing his ‘cello. And in his lifetime, Ingres was as well known for his mastery of the violin as he was for his acclaimed portraits.

This weekend course is an exciting opportunity to study the human figure, whilst being able to observe and analyse the shapes and relationships created between musicians and their instruments. Working from different instrumentalists, and using a wide range of art materials, this course will introduce and explore drawing techniques used to represent movement, under the guidance of practising artist and violinist Adele Wagstaff.

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  • 10 December 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 11 December 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm

Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£420. Includes all materials, lunch and a drinks reception.

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