Drawing from Paintings at The Courtauld Gallery
Join Laura Smith for a morning of drawing and looking at paintings. Laura is passionate about drawing from great works of art. She believes that it slows down our looking and allows us to see more deeply into the mind of the artist. London’s Courtauld Gallery is home to an extraordinary collection of paintings, including masterpieces by Rubens, Cézanne, Manet, Van Gogh, Vanessa Bell and many more.
Laura will draw alongside students, sharing her approach to the activity. The day will begin with a short introduction to the collection and suggestions for drawing subjects. Students will then be encouraged to split off and draw from whichever painting most appeals to them for the first part of the morning. Students will then gather together and, after looking at each other’s drawings, will spend time walking through the gallery, looking at the paintings drawn in the morning and sharing thoughts and ideas. Students will be encouraged to seek out works that speak to them and respond in their own, unique way.
All levels of experience are welcome.
Please bring a sketchbook and pencils or pens. Dusty or wet materials, such as charcoal, pastels or watercolours are not allowed.
We meet inside the Main Entrance.
Monday 29 April 2024
10:00am – 1.00pm
Tutor: Laura Smith NEAC
Course #: CG51
Image: Peach Trees in Blossom by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. Courtesy of The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust).