|Course Dates||Saturdays, 24th February - 23rd March 2024|
|Times||2.00pm – 4.30pm|
|Experience Level||Ages 18+, All Levels|
|Recommend booking before||Friday 22nd December 2023|
This 5 week course is a wonderfully relaxing way to start the weekend and develop drawing and creative skills both for beginners and advanced students. The course is suitable for all skill levels and is designed to enable students to express a creative response to either museum artworks, or outdoor environment. The tutor will meet each student at their unique individual level.
The course locations may vary nearer the time in response to the current situation. We will draw in indoor locations such as cafes and undercover markets where possible. Students will learn fundamental observational skills such structural drawing, measuring, tone and basic perspective. As well as develop an understanding of how artworks are put together to create particular impressions upon the viewer.
What level is this course?
This course is suitable for students at our Beginner + level.
Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.
Other course levels include:
Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.
Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.
These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.
Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.
Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.
All attendees must be aged 18 or over.
What should I bring?
The tutor recommends that you bring the following materials:
– a large sketchbook (A4 or A3 size)
– pencils (B,2B,3B,4B,6B etc) and a rubber
– the museums will not allow people to use charcoal ( only charcoal pencils)
– sharpener or craft knife
– museums keep changing the rules about bag size so it’s safer to just bring a decent size sketchbook.
– most museums have portable stools, however it’s always good to bring your own if you have one because sometimes they run out.
If you have ordered one of our drawing packs, please ensure you pick this up from the Art Academy Mermaid Court before your course, during our office opening times.
You will need to bring your own drawing materials to the class, which you can store at The Art Academy for the duration of the course. If you do not have your own materials, we recommend you order the Pack, below, at the time of booking, which will be available when you arrive for your first class. There is also a mini shop in the Academy that supplies the basics such as pencils, sketchbooks, putty rubbers etc. (card purchases only).
The Drawing Pack contains:
One set of lead pencils (2B, 4B, 6B)
One box of medium willow charcoal sticks (25 pieces)
One box of willow charcoal extra thick individual stick
One stick of chalk
One box of compressed charcoal sticks (12 pieces)
Six Derwent pastel pencils, can be used wet or dry
One putty rubber in a box
One auto lock knife (pencil sharpener for Drawing in Museums)
Please note that pack contents are subject to change at the discretion of the Academy at any time
About Your Tutor
Natasha Lien (b. 1977) is a fine artist in drawing, painting and printmaking. Natasha’s compositions depict people, landscapes and cityscapes working with perspective, colour, tone, rhythm and form. She draws and paints from life and in many locations, from drawing large-scale interiors in the V&A, creating etchings from detailed studies of trees on Hampstead Heath, to painting landscapes in Jordan.
After her undergraduate training at Central St Martin’s, Natasha completed her postgraduate studies at The Prince’s Drawing School. Following graduation, one of her drawings Kensington Gardens (138 x 149cm) was selected by Royal Academician Ben Levine for the 2007 Summer Exhibition. The drawing, depicting a view of trees, was given a special mention by Levine who thought it “especially memorable”; it was also featured on The Royal Academy website and in their illustrated catalogue. Following this success, Natasha received a commission for a 4ft x 4ft drawing of The Old Vic Theatre.
Other notable drawings include ‘V&A New Court’ and ‘Trajan in the Cast Court’; a solar photo etching of the latter was acquired by the V&A.In 2016 Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts acquired two paintings of Petra for their collection. Natasha has shown her work in many exhibitions, including the 2004 and 2008 Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, the Friends Open exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, the NEAC at the Mall Galleries, Chase Exhibition at The Royal College of Art. She has had a solo exhibition in the Pearson Gallery at The Slade and has exhibited in NOA at Somerset House. Natasha enjoys teaching at The Art Academy, she also teaches privately in her home studio and conducts workshops in schools nationally along with private workshops at The National Gallery.She recently taught a landscape painting course in Tuscany and is teaching on The Urban Landscape: Painting and Drawing London course at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art this summer. Natasha is an accomplished cellist and her early training as a musician informs her drawings of musicians in action.
She was artist in residence at Tetbury Music Festival. She plays the cello regularly in a number of orchestras, including the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra. Public and Private Collections include: Victoria & Albert Museum, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, HRH The Prince of Wales and Kevin Spacey.
This course takes place at various locations in central London Please see the Daily Breakdown for more information on where the course takes place weekly.
Refreshments and Facilities
This is a relaxed course; students are welcome to take breaks or nip to the gallery cafes if they require refreshments. Alternatively, students can bring their own refreshments if they would like.
- You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
- If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
- Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
- All artwork MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
- Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
- Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
- Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
- To find out more about what’s going on at the Academy follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. If you’d like to share images of your course, your progress or your finished work we’d love to see them! Please bear in mind you must have the permission of tutors, other students and models to photograph them.
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- For further details please see our Short Courses: Regulations & Policies page.
Image / Natasha Lien