Drop-in Drawing at the National Portrait Gallery

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
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The contact number for National Portrait Gallery is +44 (0) 207 306 0055
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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.

 

Got a question? – Talk about this event

 Guest – “I'd love to drop in and try to draw one of the famous portraits in exhibition. Please I need more informationThank you,Sylvia”

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”

 
 

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Anthony Green: The Life and Death of Miss Dupont – 18th January to 25th June 2017The Royal Academy of Arts' small exhibition of works by Anthony Green, called 'The Life and Death of Miss Dupont'.

Reading Drawings, at the Courtauld Gallery – 21st January to 4th June 2017The Courtauld Gallery will be exploring some of the marks that have been added to their works of art, in 'Reading Drawings'.

David Hockney exhibition — at Tate Britain – 9th February to 29th May 2017Tate Britain will be putting on a comprehensive exhibition of David Hockney's work, drawn from the last sixty years.

Wolfgang Tillmans exhibition, at the Tate Modern – 15th February to 11th June 2017The Tate Modern will be putting on an exhibition of works by the experimental photographer Wolfgang Tillmans.

 

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