Drop-in Drawing at the National Portrait Gallery

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Address:
, St. Martin’s Place (just off Trafalgar Square), London 51.509256 -0.128096
Dates & Time:
Every Friday
6.30 PM to 8.30 PM
Tickets & Cost:
Free
Note: You need to check the sign in the main entrance to see which room it will be held in, because it changes every week
See npg.org.uk for more information
Tel:
0207 306 0055
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Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans

Whenever you go a place like the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery or Tate Britain, you'll always find an artist sitting in the gallery with an easel on his/her knees, copying down a work of art on the wall. I've always thought you needed to be quite brave to do that, because you know full well that every tourist will be walking past having a nosey look at what you're doing.

Well... how about doing it in a group instead? With an actual artist walking around, giving you some helpful tips and pointers?

The National Portrait Gallery puts on regular drawing sessions every Friday night, open to all skill-levels, from complete beginners to accomplished artists. They even provide a few basic materials to get you started. You will find that a lot of people bring their own sketchbooks and materials, though, because they prefer to use their own equipment -- some of them even draw their pictures on an iPad, a la David Hockney.

The session is usually held in a different room every week, so you need to check the sign in the main entrance to find out where it is. It will begin with a short introduction at 6.30 PM, but you are free to drop-in (or out) whenever you like. You don't have to attend the whole event -- you can stay for ten minutes or two hours. Of course, you might like to get there nice and early so you can have a walk around the entire gallery first (which is free).

Craig has never attended this actual event (he's totally useless at drawing), but he has written a review of the National Portrait Gallery which you might like to read before you go. You can also ask a question about Drop-In Drawing on the forum.

 

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Admin – “What information do you need?If all you want to do is go in with a sketchbook and sit and draw a particular painting, then you can do that anyway -- you dont need to go to this event… more”

 
 

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