Drawing inspiration

Summer school

Date and time

Monday 19 June – Friday 23 June, 11am–4pm

Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1

Karly Allen


£475/£450 conc./£395 Members/£350 students

Immerse yourself in summer-themed paintings at the National Gallery while developing fundamental drawing skills at this intensive, week-long Summer School.

Enjoy a creative mix of mark-making, and experiment with a variety of materials and techniques while enjoying glorious flower paintings and scenes of the beach, boating and bathers.

From Monet’s Water-Lily Pond to Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, the National Gallery has some of the world’s greatest paintings. What better way to celebrate the joy of summer than by making vibrant and colourful drawings?


Who is the tutor?
National Gallery artist-educators will provide guided support in a relaxed and friendly environment to help you develop your skills.

Where will we study?
You will have the opportunity to draw directly from paintings in closed-off Gallery rooms and, weather permitting, to respond to National Gallery paintings while drawing outdoors in nearby parks and gardens. Some sessions will take place in our workshop spaces and conference rooms.

How is the course structured?
A typical day will begin with an art historical talk given by a Gallery expert, followed by a range of quick-fire and sustained drawing activities, which will be rounded off by a class review. The course will culminate with an informal private display and discussion of next steps.

Do I need to bring anything?
All materials are provided. On the last day, you may wish to bring a portfolio to take your finished drawings home.

Is food and accommodation provided?
Morning and afternoon coffee is included. Lunch and accommodation are not provided.

Who can attend?
This course is for adult learners aged 18 years and over.