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Life drawing: exploring metalpoint

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

● Cancelled

  • 30 May 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 31 May 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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George Frederic Watts, R.A., A seated girl, in profile, possibly Adeline Jackson, ca. 1850-2.

Metalpoint on off-white wove paper. 7.6 cm x 10.7 cm. Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: John Hammond.

In this technique-based weekend course, you’ll focus on metalpoint materials and their potential to improve your drawing skills and see familiar things anew.

Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding coronavirus, we regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel all events advertised for 2020 at this moment. If you have purchased tickets to an event, please contact us on 0207 300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk and include your order number to arrange a refund. We aim to reply within 5 working days.

The metal stylus has been used as a writing tool since antiquity. Around 1450, drawing with metalpoint was an essential part of a Renaissance artist’s training and practice, as seen in works by Verrocchio, Leonardo and Raphael.

Metalpoint offers many creative choices. Results can vary from vigorous sketches to luminous drawings of great delicacy, depending on the type of metal or alloy in the rod, the surface on which the artist draws and the additional use of ink to convey light and shade.

Over the weekend, artist Radu Leon will show participants how to prepare the support for metalpoint and explore traditional metalpoint techniques and contemporary applications. Participants will use these techniques and produce their own metalpoint drawings from life.

Radu Leon is a painter and educator specialising in early modern and modern Western European drawing and painting techniques. He completed a PhD in History of Art in Venice in 2018.

Minimum age 18. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact academic.programmes@royalacademy.org.uk

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 30 May 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 31 May 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£480. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of day one.