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Summer on the Square

11 – 29 August 2022

 

A free festival of art, outside on Trafalgar Square

 

11am–1pm and 2–4pm, daily

This August, the National Gallery in partnership with Westminster City Council, will host Summer on the Square – a programme of free, daily creative sessions and activities to inspire you to create your own masterpieces

 

Art outdoors

Immerse yourself in our studio activities and be ready to sketch, make, move, explore and be inspired by the National Gallery Collection.

And when you want to take a break or sit in the sunshine (fingers crossed), KERB will be in the Square serving up tasty snacks and drinks. 

All activities take place daily, and are open to everyone.

Drop-in sessions

All studio sessions are drop-in and open to all ages and abilities. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis – you may be asked to wait during busy times.

  • Summer on the Square

    Reflective perspectives

    Category: Creative sessions. Free admission.
    Date
    Various dates
    Thursday, 11 August 2022 and other dates
    Time
    There will be a break in activity between 1-2pm
    11 am - 4 pm (drop-in)
    Location
    Trafalgar Square
    Audience
    Families, for all ages
    Explore self-portraiture and sculpture building through a collective workshop
  • Summer on the Square

    The Drawing Theatre with London Drawing

    Category: Creative sessions. Free admission.
    Date
    Various dates
    Saturday, 13 August 2022 and other dates
    Time
    There will be a break in activity between 1-2pm
    11 am - 4 pm (drop-in)
    Location
    Trafalgar Square
    Audience
    Families, for all ages
    Become part of a living, visual sketch and immerse yourself in a Drawing Theatre adventure
  • Summer on the Square

    Exploring nature

    Category: Creative sessions. Free admission.
    Date
    Monday, 15 August 2022
    Time
    There will be a break in activity between 1-2pm
    11 am - 4 pm (drop-in)
    Location
    Trafalgar Square
    Audience
    Families, for all ages
    Be inspired by plants and nature to explore experimental drawing techniques
  • Summer on the Square

    What’s through the doorway?

    Category: Creative sessions. Free admission.
    Date
    Tuesday, 16 August 2022
    Time
    There will be a break in activity between 1-2pm
    11 am - 4 pm (drop-in)
    Location
    Trafalgar Square
    Audience
    Families, for all ages
    A session of art, singing and moving to set you up for your own adventure in the Gallery
  • Summer on the Square

    The Addictive Sketcher

    Category: Creative sessions. Free admission.
    Date
    Various dates
    Wednesday, 17 August 2022 and other dates
    Time
    There will be a break in activity between 1-2pm
    11 am - 4 pm (drop-in)
    Location
    Trafalgar Square
    Audience
    Families, for all ages
    Embrace looking and drawing and pick up some top tips to perfect your sketching skills
  • Summer on the Square

    Find the flow

    Category: Creative sessions. Free admission.
    Date
    Friday, 19 August 2022
    Time
    There will be a break in activity between 1-2pm
    11 am - 4 pm (drop-in)
    Location
    Trafalgar Square
    Audience
    Families, for all ages
    Energise your body and explore movement, meaning and conversation in this year’s Take One Picture focus painting, ‘The Finding of Moses’
  • Summer on the Square

    Background Impressionism

    Category: Creative sessions. Free admission.
    Date
    Saturday, 20 August 2022
    Time
    There will be a break in activity between 1-2pm
    11 am - 4 pm (drop-in)
    Location
    Trafalgar Square
    Audience
    Families, for all ages
    Explore the backgrounds and foregrounds of National Gallery paintings and create a new piece of collage art
  • Summer on the Square

    Animals in motion

    Category: Creative sessions. Free admission.
    Date
    Sunday, 21 August 2022
    Time
    There will be a break in activity between 1-2pm
    11 am - 4 pm (drop-in)
    Location
    Trafalgar Square
    Audience
    Families, for all ages
    Making moving creatures inspired by animals our collection
  • Summer on the Square

    Frame: A circus for drawing by Circus250

    Category: Creative sessions. Free admission.
    Date
    Various dates
    Monday, 22 August 2022 and other dates
    Time
    There will be a break in activity between 1-2pm
    11 am - 4 pm (drop-in)
    Location
    Trafalgar Square
    Audience
    Families, for all ages
    Run away and draw the circus!
  • Summer on the Square

    Zine-making with Mia Maxwell

    Category: Creative sessions. Free admission.
    Date
    Wednesday, 24 August 2022
    Time
    There will be a break in activity between 1-2pm
    11 am - 4 pm (drop-in)
    Location
    Trafalgar Square
    Audience
    Families, for all ages
    Be inspired by zine-making and National Gallery paintings to create your own magazine
  • Summer on the Square

    Tell your story with Young Westminster Foundation

    Category: Creative sessions. Free admission.
    Date
    Thursday, 25 August 2022
    Time
    There will be a break in activity between 1-2pm
    11 am - 4 pm (drop-in)
    Location
    Trafalgar Square
    Audience
    Families, for all ages
    Think about words and how we communicate through them before creating a collaborative piece of spoken word poetry
  • Summer on the Square

    Make your mark: Playful drawing

    Category: Creative sessions. Free admission.
    Date
    Various dates
    Friday, 26 August 2022 and other dates
    Time
    There will be a break in activity between 1-2pm
    11 am - 4 pm (drop-in)
    Location
    Trafalgar Square
    Audience
    Families, for all ages
    Make your own drawing tools to sketch and explore the studio space
  • Summer on the Square

    Painting in the third dimension

    Category: Creative sessions. Free admission.
    Date
    Various dates
    Sunday, 28 August 2022 and other dates
    Time
    There will be a break in activity between 1-2pm
    11 am - 4 pm (drop-in)
    Location
    Trafalgar Square
    Audience
    Families, for all ages
    Transform paintings into 3D installations in this collaborative activity
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Shop your essentials

We've got your art essentials covered – from pencils and paints, to sketch books and accessories.

All participants in the Summer on the Square art sessions will be eligible for a 10% discount in the Gallery shops by showing the leaflet distributed in the session. 

Supported by

City of Westminster

The Keeper of Paintings and the Palette of Perception

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