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Drawing Texture

Two-day Practical Workshop

Short courses

  • 8 October 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 9 October 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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Lord Leighton, P.R.A. (1830-1896), Study of a draped arm, 1860's.

Black chalk and white paint (?) on blue/grey laid paper. Given by Mrs Matthews and Mrs Alexandra Orr, 1896 Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited.

Artist Tanya Wood will lead an exclusive workshop inspired and informed by traditional drawing skills, works in the Royal Academy collection, contemporary artists and her own practice of meticulous realist pencil drawing. Participants will work from the close observation and scrutiny of a variety of textured surfaces within the Academy’s historic Life Room.

Enjoy the total absorption of careful looking and rendering using traditional drawing techniques. Throughout this two-day course, participants will focus on creases and folds in a variety of man made and organic textured surfaces. Day one will be paper and fabric, Day two moving on to working from photographs of hands and feet, both days exploring surface texture and the play of light and tone. Day one will also include an exclusive tour of the Flowing Lines of Grace display in the RA Library Print Room with curator Maria Alambritis.

Practising artist Tanya Wood will guide and encourage participants individually and as a group with short exercises, demonstrations and direct life observation, working from black and white photographs using graphite pencils and paper through to methods and techniques for precise and detailed pencil drawings.

This intensive practical workshop is inspired by works in the Royal Academy collection and Tanya’s own particular drawing practice. The course will reference and make use of expertly selected items from the Academy’s own Archives and Collection – a unique and exceptional scholarly reference and teaching tool which has informed artists and their practice since the Academy’s foundation in 1768. As well as learning from carefully chosen archival material, participants will be introduced to the properties of a range of graphite pencils, the nuances of paper, helpful tools and equipment. Additionally participants will develop skills in acute observation, mark making, tonal representation and techniques to assist faithful rendition along with approaches to composition and aesthetics. Tanya will share her influences and ideas with you as well as her personal methodology derived and developed from traditional drawing skills.

Day one of this course is fully booked. Tickets are still available for day two.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 8 October 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 9 October 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£240 per day. Includes all materials, lunch and wine reception at the end of each day.

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