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Drawing movement

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

  • 23 April 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 24 April 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm

Tickets will be available to Friends of the RA at 11am on Wednesday 13 October and to the general public at 11am on Thursday 14 October.

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Eileen Cooper, Dance, 2001 (detail).

Pen and ink, pastel, conté crayon and watercolour on white japanese paper. 535 mm x 400 mm. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Justin Piperger.

Work with music and live dancers to experiment with capturing gesture in this dynamic weekend drawing course.

Rendering motion and emotion on the page is universally challenging. This course will explore the link between drawing and movement, aiming to develop more expressive forms of mark-making.

Join artist Beverley Bennett for a weekend of guided exercises, designed to help loosen and free-up the connection between pencil and paper. We will work from real dancers live in the RA studio, as well as from music and film. Beverley’s approach involves collaboration, and we will work both from our own individual gestures and from the collective group’s.

Participants will use their paper as if it were a stage, translating narrative and feeling to standalone drawings. We will build up from simple pen and pencil pieces to experiment with colour, using a range of drawing materials including pastels, Chinese ink, charcoal and watercolour.

Course tutor Beverley Bennett is an artist-filmmaker whose work revolves around the possibilities of drawing, performance and collaborative experiments with sound. Her practice is connected to multiple ways of making. The first of these is a concern with the importance of sound in art, the second is an investigation into the idea of The Archive and the third is collaboration. Frequently through socially political work with other creatives, fine artists, community members, young children, and their families, Bennett’s practice provides spaces for participants to become collaborators. She provides a point of focus from where to unpack ideas around what constitutes an art practice and for whom art is generated.

Covid-19 update: We are looking forward to welcoming you back in a way that ensures everyone’s safety. Numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing, and we will be following the latest government guidelines. In the event of another national lockdown or enforced closure, we reserve the right to move this event online or to a future date. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to discuss any accessibility needs, please contact academic.programmes@royalacademy.org.uk.

Minimum age 18.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 23 April 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 24 April 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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

£420. Includes all materials.

Tickets will be available to Friends of the RA at 11am on Wednesday 13 October and to the general public at 11am on Thursday 14 October.

Book now