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#LifeDrawingLive: the anatomy class

A live-streamed class to join from home


Thursday 28 February 2019
7.30 — 9pm

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A behind-the-scenes shot from our first #LifeDrawingLive in 2018

Photo: Flux Broadcast

In 2018 we held the world’s first ever live-streamed life drawing class. This year, we’re running a follow-up with a focus on how to draw human anatomy – plus a special four-legged guest! Sign up for a reminder below.

What is #LifeDrawingLive?

It’s a free online life drawing class you can take from anywhere! Life drawing is the artistic tradition of drawing the body from a live model. Life drawing can be an important way for artists to hone their skills – but it can have a much wider impact too. It can contribute to a mindful and relaxed state, reduce anxiety, improve problem-solving and encourage new perspectives. It’s also really fun. Last year, over 50,000 people from around the world joined us for the first ever #LifeDrawingLive – and this time, we’re bringing it back with a focus on how to draw anatomy. At the end of the class, we’re also featuring a very cute special guest.

What is the focus of the class?

In the early days of the RA Schools, students started their training by drawing plaster casts of Classical and Renaissance sculptures, along with écorchés (casts of bodies from which the skin has been removed to reveal the musculature). Once they had demonstrated their skill in these areas, they were permitted to draw life models.

Celebrating the the 250th anniversary of the RA Schools and inspired by our displays The Anatomy Professor and Learning to Draw, as well as forthcoming exhibition The Renaissance Nude, this special online class will be broadcast from the Royal Academy’s historic Life Room. We’ll take a close-up look at casts from our Collection that RA Schools students such as William Blake and JMW Turner drew from, getting some insights into what lies beneath the skin, before drawing from life models in the room.

The broadcast will be hosted by our Artistic Director Tim Marlow and the artist, writer and broadcaster Dr Sarah Simblet, a specialist tutor of anatomy who regularly teaches in our courses and classes programme. We’ll hear from experts on how artists such as Leonardo da Vinci honed their drawing skills through studying the human body – and, as a special extra feature, we’ll also be looking at the art of equine anatomy…

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Thursday 28 February 2019

7.30 — 9pm

Online (RA website, Facebook and YouTube)