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Have you ever walked around the National Gallery and seen some people sitting down with a sketchbook to draw the famous paintings? How would you like to be one of those people?
These Sketchbook Tours usually take place every month and are totally free. All you have to do is bring your own sketchbook and pencils (materials are not supplied) and meet your artist guide in the Sainsbury Wing. He or she will then take you into the gallery for ninety minutes of looking at different paintings, and sitting down to sketch them.
Note: If you want to attend then you should collect a sticker from the Sainsbury Wing Guided Tour Meeting Point. Places are limited to the first 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. You cannot book in advance.
If you like this event then you should check out the drawing class at the National Portrait Gallery as well.
Craig’s review of National Gallery – “Do you know what the nicest thing about the National Gallery in the evening is? -- the peace and quiet. I was walking here from Leicester Square five minutes ago and it was all busy busy busy. Pavements heaving, people jostling bustling barging elbows out, running everywhere, cars all over the place, sirens blaring. And then you walk through the gallery double doors a… continued”
Lorenzo Lotto Portraits — at the National Gallery – 5 Nov 2018 to 10 Feb 2019 – The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of works by the Italian Renaissance portrait artist, Lorenzo Lotto.
Rachel Maclean — The Lion And The Unicorn – 29 Nov 2018 to 3 Feb 2019 – Rachel Maclean's darkly comic and satirical film explores the relationship between Scotland and England.
The Monarch of the Glen — Edwin Landseer – 29 Nov 2018 to 3 Feb 2019 – Edwin Landseer's majestic painting of The Monarch of the Glen is one of the world's best-loved animal paintings
Scenes of Parisian Life — National Gallery – 28 Feb to 19 May 2019 – French artist Louis-Leopold Boilly worked in revolutionary Paris and witnessed the rise and fall of Napoleon.
Magic Realism — Art In Weimar Germany – 30 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2019 – Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years, between World Wars I and II.
Renzo Piano — The Art of Making Buildings – 15 Sep 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – This exhibition will explore the buildings of Renzo Piano - the famous Italian architect who designed The Shard
Courtauld Impressionists — From Manet to Cezanne – 17 Sep 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of Impressionist works by Cezanne, Renoir, Manet and more.
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Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy National Gallery then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Temple), National Portrait Gallery (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Royal Academy of Arts (you can walk it 10 mins), Tate Britain (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Bond Street)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans