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Michelangelo: approaches to drawing the figure

Five-week practical evening course

Short courses

  • 21 January 2019, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 28 January 2019, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 4 February 2019, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 11 February 2019, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 18 February 2019, 6.15 — 9.15pm

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Part of our

Bill Viola / Michelangelo

events programme
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Michelangelo Buonarroti, Three Labours of Hercules (Detail), c.1530.

Red chalk. 27.2 x 42.2cm. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018.

To coincide with the Bill Viola / Michelangelo exhibition, participants will explore approaches to drawing the figure with practicing artist and past president of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Robin-Lee Hall.

Michelangelo drew throughout his long life, using drawing as an expression of his ideas for sculpture and paintings and in the form of highly finished gifts or presentation drawings, for friends and admirers. In making his drawings, he depended on both the live model and on his meticulous understanding of the idealised anatomy of classical sculpture. In some cases he would combine the two methods into one drawing.

This course examines different materials and approaches Michelangelo used in drawing, from brief sketches to fully worked up final pieces. Taking inspiration from images in the exhibition, participants will work directly from the life model.

This course will take place on consecutive Monday evenings. Each session runs from 6.15pm to 9.15pm.

Week one – Monday 21 January
Rapid observational drawing: Introduction to Michelangelo using chalk

Week two – Monday 28 January
Proportion and measurement: Using traditional techniques

Week three – Monday 4 February
Pen and Ink: Experimenting with sepia ink and looking at tone

Week four – Monday 11 February
Poses: Taking inspiration from poses in the artist’s drawings

Week five – Monday 18 February
Longer sustained pose: using one material, or a combination of materials explored during the course

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 21 January 2019, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 28 January 2019, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 4 February 2019, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 11 February 2019, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 18 February 2019, 6.15 — 9.15pm

The Life Room, RA Schools, Piccadilly

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

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