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Programme

See the programme of Sketch on the Square sessions

3–31 August 2021

Programme

Tuesday 3 August

  • 11am–1pm: Artist led session (booking required)
    Join one of our Gallery artists and develop your creative skills in a thematic session drawn from our collection and beyond. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

Wednesday 4 August

  • 10am–1.30pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

  • 2–4pm: Reserved for National Gallery community partners.

Thursday 5 August

  • 11am–1pm: Reserved for National Gallery community partners

  • 2pm – 4pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

Friday 6 August

  • 11am–1pm: The London Drawing Group: Drawing the modern portrait (booking required)
    Get inspiration from Gallery paintings, each other, and your own image using a handheld mirror. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

Saturday 7 August

  • 11am–1pm: Life drawing with 2B or not 2B Collective (booking required)
    Join 2B or not 2B Collective for a fun and creative life drawing session. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drawing session with Amba and Yvonne (drop-in)
    Join former National Gallery Young Producers Amba and Yvonne for this informal drop-in drawing session.

Sunday 8 August

  • 11am–1pm: Family studio with Olivia Twist (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Olivia Twist. Drop in at any time.

  • 2–4pm: Family studio with Olivia Twist (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Olivia Twist. Drop in at any time.

Monday 9 August

  • 10am–4pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

Tuesday 10 August

  • 11am–1pm: Reserved for National Gallery community partners

  • 1.30–4pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

Wednesday 11 August

  • 11am–1pm: Reserved for National Gallery community partners

  • 1.30–2.30pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

  • 3–4pm: Drawing and the art of mindfulness (first come, first served)
    Join artist Claire Barton-Harvey and explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness through simple guided exercises inspired by our everyday senses and images from the National Gallery Collection. Places allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Thursday 12 August

  • 11am–1pm: Artist-led session (booking required)
    Join one of our Gallery artists and develop your creative skills in a thematic session drawn from our collection and beyond. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

Friday 13 August

  • 11am–1pm: The London Drawing Group: Drawing sunflowers in the square (booking required)
    Taking inspiration from Van Gogh’s 'Sunflowers' and your own sunflower, explore expressive marks and vibrant colours through pastel. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

Saturday 14 August

  • 11am–1pm: Life drawing with 2B or not 2B Collective (booking required)
    Join 2B or not 2B Collective for a fun and creative life drawing session. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drawing session with Amba and Yvonne (drop-in)
    Join former National Gallery Young Producers Amba and Yvonne for this informal drop-in drawing session.

Sunday 15 August

  • 11am–1pm: Family studio with Amy Leung (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Amy Leung. Drop in at any time.

  • 2–4pm: Family studio with Amy Leung (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Amy Leung. Drop in at any time.

Monday 16 August

  • 11am–1pm: Turner, Trafalgar, Nelson and the National Gallery (booking required)
    Join one of our Gallery artists and explore the connections between artist JMW Turner and Trafalgar Square. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

Tuesday 17 August

  • 11am–1pm: Turner, Trafalgar, Nelson and The National Gallery (booking required)
    Join one of our Gallery artists and explore the connections between artist JMW Turner and Trafalgar Square. Book tickets.

  • 1pm – 4pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

Wednesday 18 August

  • 11am–1pm: Family studio with Amy Leung (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Amy Leung. Drop in at any time.

  • 2–4pm: Family studio with Amy Leung (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Amy Leung. Drop in at any time.

Thursday 19 August

  • 11am–1pm: Family studio with Amy Leung (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Amy Leung. Drop in at any time.

  • 2–4pm: Family studio with Amy Leung (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Amy Leung. Drop in at any time.

Friday 20 August

  • 11am–1pm: The London Drawing Group: Drawing the city landscape (booking required)
    Join the London Drawing groups as they give you the tools and techniques that will allow them to experience drawing the city and its vast detail in an easily digestible way.  Book tickets.

Saturday 21 August

  • 11am–1pm: Life drawing with 2B or not 2B Collective (booking required)
    Join 2B or not 2B Collective for a fun and creative life drawing session. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drawing session with Amba and Yvonne (drop-in)
    Join former National Gallery Young Producers Amba and Yvonne for this informal drop-in drawing session.

Sunday 22 August

  • 11am–1pm: Family studio with Emily Hopkins (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Emily Hopkins. Drop in at any time.

  • 2–4pm: Family studio with Emily Hopkins (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Emily Hopkins. Drop in at any time.

Monday 23 August

  • 11am–1pm: Artist-led session (booking required)
    Join one of our Gallery artists and develop your creative skills in a thematic session drawn from our collection and beyond. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

Tuesday 24 August

  • 11am–1pm: Family studio with Emily Hopkins (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Emily Hopkins. Drop in at any time.

  • 2–4pm: Family studio with Emily Hopkins (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Emily Hopkins. Drop in at any time.

Wednesday 25 August

  • 11am–1pm: Family studio with Emily Hopkins (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Emily Hopkins. Drop in at any time.

  • 2–4pm: Family studio with Emily Hopkins (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Emily Hopkins. Drop in at any time.

Thursday 26 August

  • 11am–1pm: Artist led session (booking required)
    Join one of our Gallery artists and develop your creative skills in a thematic session drawn from our collection and beyond. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drop-in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

Friday 27 August

  • 11am–1pm: The London Drawing Group: Drawing myths and imagination (booking required)
    Take full advantage of the myriad of imaginative inspirations in Trafalgar Square, from drawing the city, to using the sculptures and the gallery itself as inspiration and interpret your own mythology through imaginative play drawing. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

Saturday 28 August

  • 11am–1pm: Life drawing with 2B or not 2B Collective (booking required)
    Join 2B or not 2B Collective for a fun and creative life drawing session. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drawing session with Amba and Yvonne (drop-in)
    Join former National Gallery Young Producers Amba and Yvonne for this informal drop-in drawing session.

Sunday 29 August

  • 11am–1pm: Family studio with Olivia Twist (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Olivia Twist. Drop in at any time.

  • 2–4pm: Family studio with Olivia Twist (drop-in)
    Creative fun for all the family with artist Olivia Twist. Drop in at any time.

Monday 30 August

  • 11am–1pm: Artist-led session (booking required)
    Join one of our Gallery artists and develop your creative skills in a thematic session drawn from our collection and beyond. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

Tuesday 31 August

  • 11am–1pm: Artist-led session (booking required)
    Join one of our Gallery artists and develop your creative skills in a thematic session drawn from our collection and beyond. Book tickets.

  • 2–4pm: Drop in and draw (drop-in)
    Pull up an easel and have a go at drawing what inspires you. Basic materials provided.

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