Focus on figures
Sketchbook Saturdays are morning-long creative sessions with the aim of exploring the various ways in which artists have approached their own image making.
Suitable for beginners, as well as those wanting to improve their current skills, each month we explore a particular theme or subject through practical activities based upon the art and artists found in our collection.
From drawing techniques and materials, to the ways that artists today have taken inspiration from the past, develop your own toolkit of ideas for making art at home.
Artists throughout history have always looked at the human form to learn how to draw and paint. In this session led by artist Robin-Lee Hall, draw from a range of figures found in the National Gallery Collection. From quick sketches to different drawing techniques, we consider the proportions of the body as if drawing from life, using a number of paintings as examples.
Robin-Lee Hall was formerly President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. She has won the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture and a Gold medal in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual show. She has exhibited widely, including the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She paints in all mediums but specialises in the ancient medium of egg tempera and the very contemporary medium of iPad drawing. Robin also teaches at the Royal Academy, the Queen's Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery.
We encourage you to have as many of the materials listed in advance as possible, to make best use of the time:
- Good cartridge paper
- A charcoal pencil (or charcoal)
- A soft pencil (4B)
- A fine liner
- White pastel pencil or chalk
- A rubber
- Mid-toned pastel paper