galleries & institutions

Galleries & Institutions

Our workshops aim to re-think the common perception of life drawing as a traditional subject. Although the life model/s remain the focus of the workshop- the aim is not to concentrate on ‘life drawing’ in the traditional sense, but approach themes and ideas using the life model/s as a common subject.

Lighting, props, sound, materials, elements of performance and site specific architecture are utilised to create a visual experience from which participants can draw. This more theatrical approach is combined with relevant creative use of unconventional drawing materials and techniques.

The workshops are completely accessible- working on the premise that no skills or drawing experience are needed to make strong and exciting work. This approach has proved genuinely stimulating and poses a challenge for all levels of ability from beginners to professional artists. Our creative workshops and events can be devised in a variety of ways, our starting point can be an idea, a theme, a product- some using performers or models, some using materials or concepts.

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Here’s some of our work:

Tate Modern

Tate Modern is where London Drawing was founded by artists Anne Noble-Partridge and David Price.
In 2006 we were asked to devise a new kind of life drawing workshop and it was at that point we began to re-think traditional perceptions of life drawing and make it relevant to contemporary art practice. We had the privilege of running a huge variety of workshops in the galleries and collection displays for over six years- redefining the model as artist, working with the body as a springboard into ideas and concepts, with creative use of simple drawing materials.

We explored drawing concepts based on the work of a variety of artists and movements from Gilbert & George, Maurizio Cattelan and Jeff Koons to Cy Twombly, The Surrealists and Joseph Beuys as well as running sessions which used the architecture of the building as a spectacular backdrop to some epic drawing sessions.

This really was a dream commission which changed the landscape of drawing from the body, spawning a whole new movement in life drawing and kickstarting the now commonplace practice of life drawing to explore concepts. These ground breaking workshops allowed us to develop a new language in life drawing, something we are extremely proud of.

The Sedgewick Museum Cambridge

An evening of exploration, discovery and creativity in a hidden gem of a time warp- the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences in Cambridge. From meteoric planet rocks to fossils and bones, we created geological sketches from the Museum collections after-hours. Then took a short tutorial on watercolour illustration for 19th centruy book plates before trying your hand at reworking the best sketches into watercolours.

RIBA London

London Drawing organised Creative Life Drawing workshops with The Royal Institute Of British Architects in a variety of venues of architectural significance across London.

British Museum

A very special Museum Late in the Parthenon Galleries at the British Museum inspired by Cult of the Bacchae. We interpreted the Parthenon Frieze creating vignettes against an aural soundscape of live percussion drums and the models voices moments frozen in time and intense bursts of movement based on conflict and war.

National Gallery

Popping up the Drawing Theatre in the spectacular galleries at the National Gallery London- recreating selected paintings for Members evening events.

Dulwich Picture Gallery

18th Century inspired drawing action! We brought one of the founders of the Gallery, Mrs Margaret Desenfans, to life as we were inspired by the sumptuous gallery collection, creating Mini Masterpieces to put into specially decorated lockets.

The Barbican Gallery

Found Fashion workshops at The Barbican Gallery in response to The Vulgar exhibition.