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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 – “If you only have time to visit one art gallery in London then make it this one. This is the granddaddy of galleries. The Tate Modern is supposed to be the most popular by visitor numbers but what have they got on display: a load of crushed up Coke cans and tipped-over paint pots. The National Gallery has got every great painter from the 13th-century onwards: Leonardo… continued”
Sorolla — Spanish Master of Light – 18 Mar to 7 Jul 2019 – The National Gallery will be putting on a rare exhibition of sixty works by the Spanish Impressionist painter Joaquin Sorolla
Sean Scully — Sea Star – 13 Apr to 11 Aug 2019 – Sean Scully's new work on display at the National Gallery was inspired by JMW Turner's atmospheric painting The Evening Star.
Bermejo — Master of the Spanish Renaissance – 12 Jun to 29 Sep 2019 – The National Gallery will be showing two masterpieces by the Spanish painter Bartolome Bermejo
Gauguin Portraits — National Gallery – 7 Oct 2019 to 26 Jan 2020 – This exhibition will be totally devoted to Paul Gauguin's portraits and feature around fifty works from his later years
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.
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – 19 Oct 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos.
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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)
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