Our adult art workshop programme continue to offer a variety of inspiring and creative courses, including lino cutting, topographical drawing and charcoal. The workshops have become known for their excellent teaching and small class sizes, allowing for more focused instruction.
Come and enjoy this unique museum and collection with the eyes of an artist!
All workshops start at 10.15am with coffee and registration from 10:00am. Please note the Museum does not open until 10:00am
The Museum provides materials for all workshops held in the Art Room. For workshops held in other locations, we ask participants to provide their own materials
The workshop fee includes light refreshments and lunch during the day unless otherwise stated. Lunch is not provided on Saturday workshops or on workshops held in other locations
Unless stated otherwise, workshops are suitable for all abilities, from complete beginners to experienced artists
The workshop will end with a brief review session between 3.30 and 4:00pm
Further details of workshops will be sent out to participants after booking
Bookings for the Art Workshops can be made online (please see below).
Building on the success of previous Summer Schools, this Winter School will be a week of intensive, creative study in which participants will develop their skills, knowledge and confidence. The week will explore the creative processes of both Soane and Turner and the main focus will be on the art of capturing a sense of space and light in architecture through transparent media. Based at the Soane Museum, participants will also visit Tate Britain to see the Late Turner exhibition. The week also includes a special trip to Sandycombe Lodge, Turner’s house in Twickenham.
I am my House: Architecture as Portraiture
Thursday 22 January | £55 |
Marianne Holm Hansen
Taking Soane's house as a starting-point, this workshop will explore how buildings may be considered as a portrait of the architects who designed them. You will investigate how design, form and materials may speak of character, preferences and desires before experimenting with architectural drawing styles and techniques to design a building that speaks about who you are.
Drawing and Watercolours at Soane’s Churches: St John’s Church, Bethnal Green
Friday 30 January | £55 |
Spend a day drawing at St John’s Church on Bethnal Green. Working in different parts of the church and crypt, drawing will focus on recording architectural spaces, with some more experimental exercises capturing interior mood and light.
This day starts with a session in the Museum’s Research Library looking at the works relating to Westminster in Soane’s collection. The group will then move on to spend the rest of the day drawing in Westminster Hall.
Inspired by the current exhibition, this workshop will explore how buildings can be used as propaganda to further both the status and beliefs of architects and clients. We will investigate to what extent Sir John Soane's house and his Royal Academy Lectures promoted a particular agenda before collaborating to develop and create our own ideological designs for an imagined re-generation of Lincoln's Inn Fields. This workshop includes a visit to the Research Library.
Fill a sketchbook at Britain’s first public picture gallery. Described as the most beautiful picture gallery in the world, we will make drawing studies of Soane’s unique and extraordinary response to this very unusual architectural commission, a theme specific to the current exhibition at the Soane Museum.
Drawing a Dialogue
Friday 13 March | £55 |
Marianne Holm Hansen
Suitable for anyone who wishes to engage closely with architecture through drawing, this experimental workshop will consider how architectural ideas may be developed and communicated through drawing. Experimenting with different drawing techniques and media we will explore drawing both as a visual language and as a tool for looking, recording and exchanging ideas.
Spend a day drawing at the spectacular Leadenhall Building in the heart of the city. Under the expert tutulege of Benedict O'Looney, architect and draughsman, learn all about high-tech architecture before focusing on some of the key constructs encapsulated by the term. Then, turn your attention to the striking Lloyds Building nearby for further inspiration.
This day-long study of architectural features and processes will begin the day with the Curator of Drawings, learning about how Soane worked, trained his apprentices and displayed his ideas. We will then build a series of 3-dimensional architecturally-inspired objects to represent aspects of buildings.