Historical Technique


Review our Calendar for upcoming sessions and keep an eye on this page to learn about future Historical Technique topics. See our blog for details and drawings from past sessions.

Classes run on a thematic rota and are held Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Please see the About page for more information.

Historical Technique

Our next historical technique session on Tuesday 24th November 2015 will focus on Goya’s Ink-Work.

Sessions introduce the historically specific materials and technique of a particular master draughtsman-or-woman. This involves not only the composition and handling of certain tools but also the mind set of the artist: what they looked for, valued, prioritised in representing the human figure.

Each session will involve short demonstrations interspersed with experimentation time along with optional one to one feedback at the easel.

Past sessions have looked at Degas, Michelangelo, Schiele, Rubens and Rego and future sessions will include artists from Veronese and Ingres to Oskar Schlemmer and RB Kitaj.

The following Grand Master sessions are designed to complement these topics – consisting of a long pose from a subject of the artist’s work, so those interested will have an opportunity to extend the lesson to the following week.

Level of tuition – instruction based, tutors will be actively leading the session, but it will be possible to opt out and carry on.

Upcoming Sessions