Insects of art history
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.
In this session, led by artist Maria-Alejandra Huicho, we'll take a closer look at details of insects found within the National Gallery Collection. We focus on techniques to depict the various textures that bring these insects to life such as see-through wings, metallic shells or furry coats.
Maria-Alejandra Huicho is an artist and cultural producer working in London and Peru. She developed Fotógrafos Residentes, a photography residency in Lima’s Children’s Hospital and has been shortlisted for the Deutsche Bank Awards and the Joan Wakelin Bursary.
We encourage you to have as many of the materials listed in advance as possible, to make best use of the time:
- A4 and A5 paper
- A hard pencil
- A soft pencil
- Coloured pencils
- A white coloured pencil and/or blender pencil
- A rubber
- A drawing board
- Masking tape
- Kitchen roll or clean cloth
- A magnifying glass (optional)
This session will last 1.5 hours.
Sessions take place online, in small group sizes, allowing you to interact with the artist and each other, and share your work for discussion.