Friday, December 15, 2017

'From life' exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts - articles and courses

'From Life' is a new exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts which opened this week. It's about  looking at what it means to different artists to make art from life.  

I've not yet seen it but will certainly be going to take a look as I'm a major advocate of the benefits to be had from drawing from life.

The exhibition is on display in The Sackler Wing of Galleries and Tennant Gallery and runs until 11 March 2017. If coming toLondon over the Christmas Break note that the RA will be closed 24-26 December, and open only from 12-6pm on 1 January.

Drawing from Life at the Royal Academy (Somerset House), 1808,
Richard Harraden, after Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Charles Pugin,
Etching, aquatint and watercolour, published in Ackermann's 'Microcosm of London' 1 January 1808.
19.7 x 26 cm. Photo (c) Royal Academy of Arts, London
The RA website does contain benefits for those who cannot get to see it just yet.  For example it contains some interesting articles about working from life.

In addition there is an extensive listing of events and some weekend practical courses associated with drawing the life model.


Here are the articles I think are worth taking a look at

Associated events

Early dates for events associated with the exhibition (eg Drawing: The Essentials)  are predictably very nearly booked out already if it involves actual drawing! 

I have never ever been able to grasp why it seems to be completely beyond the imagination of the RA to put on a LOT more events of the same nature during an exhibition. If practical art events get booked out quickly it's because there is a demand for them!

They could always try putting more on and contributing some funds to their massive development activities!

These are the practical courses which may still have spaces available:
participants are offered a rare and exclusive opportunity to experience working in the RA Schools. Experience practical tuition intended to be a palpable historic echo of the RA’s creative and practical artistic methodologies. This will include introductions to working from the original antique classical cast, an insight into basic anatomy techniques, and drawing from both male and female life models in the atmospheric and historic setting of the Royal Academy life drawing room. The course will also include a group visit to the From Life exhibition to view relevant works on display from the RA’s historic collection.
In addition there are number of events and courses which targets those with disabilities.