Christmas Holiday: Drawing at The National Gallery

After the frantic build up to Christmas, why not start the new year with an intensive visual detox at The National Gallery? Over five days you will experience an in depth analysis of the historical background, materials and processes employed by the old masters. Unlike the familiar experience of hurrying through blockbuster exhibitions in order to see everything, you will have time to enter into a deep study of a couple of key paintings each day. We will make drawn transcriptions from a selection of the renowned and less well known masterpieces from the collection. This procedure of drawing directly from the classical tradition has always been the bedrock of profound art education, enabling us to understand the technical and emotional legacy of some of the greatest creative minds. The tutors will encourage you to really look at the artworks and by entering into visual conversation produce drawings that record and express your encounters with them.  We are not so much copying as opening our minds to some of the greatest artefacts that the human spirit has achieved. You do not need any specific art background to join us but enthusiasm and a willingness to reflect are essential! Among others we will be looking at artists such as; Van Eyck, Piero Della Francesca, Rembrandt, Goya, Chardin and Moroni.

Unfortunately, we do not offer concessions on our Christmas holiday courses.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.