Join us for tutored life drawing classes, led by Karly Allen, inspired by Soane’s sculpture
At Pitzhanger, Sir John Soane surrounded himself with his collection of sculpture and casts from classical antiquity, to inform his designs and impress his visitors. In this course, each week focusses on a celebrated sculpture of the nude to be investigated and explored through drawing the model in a similar archetypal pose.
Each morning starts with an introduction to the ancient prototype and its influence on artistic practice, after which the model will take up the pose for a series of short guided exercises and discussion, ending with the opportunity to make a more sustained drawing.
Suitable for all levels including beginners, with supportive guidance. The course can be booked as a whole, or as individual sessions. All materials and models provided in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Drawing takes place inside the Manor and at the well-equipped Rickyard studio. There will be a midmorning break with tea and coffee available for purchase at Pitzhanger Pantry in Walpole Park outside the Rickyard Studio.
Week 1: Spinario
Friday 4 October
This bronze sculpture of a boy pulling a thorn from his foot, now in the Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome, was one of the first ancient sculptures to be copied in the Renaissance.
Week 2: Laocoön
Friday 11 October
Excavated in Rome in 1506, this marble figure group of Laocoön and his sons wrestling with snakes became one of the most famous ancient sculptures.
Week 3: Venus Pudica
Friday 18 October
A classical pose with several variations, in which the standing Goddess Venus attempts to conceal her naked body with her arms. A version is on display at Soane’s Museum.
Week 4: Dying Galatian
Saturday 2 November
Also known as the Dying Gaul, this ancient sculpture is thought to have been rediscovered in the 17th century and became a classic model for expressive emotion.
Week 5: Apollo Belvedere
Saturday 9 November
A marble sculpture of a male archer, now in the Vatican Museums in Rome. A cast takes pride of place at Soane’s Museum.
Week 6: Crouching Venus
Saturday 16 November
The image of Venus surprised at her bath, a number of variants have been excavated at Roman sites and continues to be quoted by artists today.