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Perfect portraits

Holiday family workshop

Family events

● Fully booked

Friday 13 April 2018
10.15am — 1.30pm

For Families
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Families life drawing in the RA Schools Life Room

Photo by Roy Matthews

Get to know the basics of creating a portrait that really captures someone’s likeness in this workshop in the RA’s historic Life Room, suitable for ages 11+.

This holiday, we’re opening up the Royal Academy’s historic life-drawing room for a series of workshops all about observational drawing skills, designed for children aged 11 and over and their families.

Working from a costumed model, learn about portraits from an experienced drawing tutor and hear about the techniques and tips used by all the great artists who were taught in this famous room. Create your own masterpieces to take home and put on the wall.

The Life Room has been used as a classroom for 150 years by students of the RA Schools. It is built in a semi-circle shape with round benches, and windows that let in just the right amount of light. The special design means everyone has an equally good view of the stage at the front, where a model stands in different poses for the students to draw. This type of class is called “life” drawing because the artists copy from a living person instead of a flat picture, which helps them understand how bodies look in three dimensions.

All materials will be provided. Booking is essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Friday 13 April 2018

10.15am — 1.30pm

Meet in the Front Hall, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly.

£15 for adults, £10 for children.

For Families