The art workshop programme continues to offer a wide variety of inspiring and creative courses, including the ever-popular drawing and watercolour classes. The workshops have become known for the 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!
Workshops will start promptly 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. To see an example day-workshop programme, click here.
Bookings for the Art Workshops can be made online (please see below).
Soane described his façade of Pitzhanger Manor as ‘a kind of portrait.’ In the run-up to the Soane Museum’s next exhibition, which focuses on portraiture, spend the day at Pitzhanger Manor before it closes for refurbishment in January 2015. This drawing day will focus on the façade and the language of architecture that makes Pitzhanger ‘a kind of portrait’.
Spend the day developing your topographical drawing techniques with architect and draughtsman Benedict O’Looney. Working at One New Change, you will capture the magnificent view of St Paul’s Cathedral and its surroundings.
Explore how drawing with line can help us to engage with Soane’s architectural styles and ideas. The focus for this day will be on using drawing as a tool for looking, recording and developing ideas, but we will also consider the use of line in architectural drawings to render form, light and shade.
This is a day-long study of architectural features, processes and the history of architecture. We begin the day with the Curator of Architectural Drawings, learning about how Soane worked, trained his apprentices and displayed his ideas. We then build a series of 3-dimensional architecturally-inspired objects deploying skills familiar to architects of cutting, measuring and attaching pieces of card to represent aspects of buildings.
It is 250 years since Hogarth died and yet his faces and characters live on. See Hogarth’s work in the Museum’s current exhibition and the permanent collection then spend the day in the studio working from Hogarth’s characters in oils.
Using a dry papier mâché technique and building onto a wire frame, we will make 3-dimensional figures based on characters from A Rake’s Progress. These 3D studies will be based on close scrutiny of the paintings, the individuals within them, their movement and mood.
Exploring Architecture through Portraits – after Piranesi
Thursday 13 November | £55 |
Create a drawing after Piranesi in pen, ink and red chalk using the characters and imaginary portraits in Hogarth and Howson as a starting point. A practical drawing workshop exploring Piranesi, portraiture & architectural fantasy. The day includes a visit to the Museum’s current exhibition and time in the Research Library to see Piranesi’s drawings
Inspired by the mark-making of Kossoff, Rego and Howson in the current portrait exhibition, create a high contrast drawing to reflect Soane’s use of light in his interior spaces. Includes a drawing visit to the exhibition and Museum. (Please note earlier start)
Soane encouraged his assistants to draw on building sites to improve their knowledge of the building process. A rare opportunity to draw on a building site, this course will give participants the chance to hone their skills in drawing architectural details by spending the day in the Old Waiting Room at Peckham Rye station, a conservation project currently being undertaken by Benedict O’Looney Architects.
In this workshop, we use dry papier mâché techniques to model architectural fragments which we have observed and sketched from the Museum’s collection. Pliant paper is first molded into shape then embossed and layered with other paper to develop an understanding of the detail of the fragment.