London Drawing is a collaboration between professional artists, tutors and performers, led by Anne Noble-Partridge and David Price. We offer Life Drawing and Painting classes, Bespoke Classes and Corporate Workshops in life drawing, drawing in 3D and creative problem solving. All our workshops are hands on creative sessions, designed to be challenging, fun and informative. We work with Tate Modern, Battersea Arts Centre and Heatherley's School of Art to produce unique and inspiring workshops. Our sessions can be tailored to suit different levels of ability and are suitable for galleries, schools, colleges, private groups and companies.
Combining over 20 years of teaching experience and current professional practice, we aim to deliver forward thinking and inspiring classes. All our classes and workshops are bespoke, using a combination of performers, sound, lighting, props, visual effects, drawing techniques and exciting materials to create an unforgettable visual drawing experience.
London Drawing aims to re-invent life drawing and drawing in an environment suitable for all levels of ability, designed to encourage confidence and inspire.
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DROP IN LIFE CLASSES AT JACKSONS LANE -
PLEASE NOTE- This class will have a break over the summer due to the August closure of Jacksons Lane.
Last class will be Monday 22 July, first class back Monday 9 Sept.
A BRAND NEW MONTHLY LIFE CLASS AT THE GARDEN MUSEUM
A great class in a gorgeous venue right opposite the Houses of Parliament!
A BRAND NEW MONTHLY LIFE CLASS NEAR FARRINGDON STATION
We are collaborating with the Goldsmith's Centre to bring you a new class in a fabulous creative space.
Great article in You Magazine featuring the October edition of The Drawing Theatre in collaboration with Spirited Bodies at BAC. Really interesting stories from the models point of view; why they decided to take part, their experience of the event and their sense of empowerment as a result
All about The Drawing Theatre- an article by Cynthia Barlow Marrs in Glow Magazine.
Big news here is that we are now award winning!! Our Drawing Theatre event at Watford Palace Theatre as part of our Big Draw events last October has been selected as a Highly Commended entry for the Drawing Inspiration Awards 2011. Competing with an unprecedented number of entries from across the country this is definitely a brilliant achievement.
London Drawing Presents: The Drawing Theatre features in an article about the cross over between theatre and art in the Guardian Theatre blog:
London Drawing on The Guardian Theatre Blog
WHATS BOOKING NOW AT LONDON DRAWING:
Click on the links below for more information on forthcoming events and classes:
Our Drop in Life Drawing Classes Continue all year round:
Drop In Life Drawing classes at Battersea Arts Centre
Drop In Life Drawing classes at Jacksons Lane
Drop in Life Drawing classes near Liverpool Street
Special monthly life class at The Goldsmiths Centre in Farringdon
Special monthly life class at The Garden Museum, Westminister
The Drawing Theatre
The next event will be on 12 October at St Johns Church, Waterloo- We will be collaborating with Spirited Bodies to create a multi model performace event- expect the spectacular!
More info and booking.
One Day Saturday Life Drawing Workshops Now Booking
A great day of life drawing using different techniques and mediums suitable for all levels of ability
One Day Saturday Painting Workshops Now Booking
One day Life Painting sessions designed to provide the skills needed to approach painting with confidence- suitable for all levels of ability
Untutored Sessions for more experienced particpants:
A great chance to spend time in the studio with the life model and persue your own practice. Draw, paint, write poetry- its up to you! 2013 dates now booking.
Creative Life Drawing Winter School Central St Martins
This exciting life drawing course at Central St Martins, uses the human figure as a visual prompt through which participants can unlock their own creativity and learn to think like an artist.
The Drawing Theatre- Night Of The Uncanny at West Dean House
Join us for a very special Halloween evening of the preternatural, unearthly beings, the inexplicable and the strange.....
Gift vouchers are available for Drop In Classes at Battersea Arts Centre and Jacksons Lane, The Drawing Theatre and the One Day Life Drawing & Painting workshops at BAC.
Contact us at London Drawing directly for more information and how to pay.
WHAT YOU HAVE MISSED!
Happened every Saturday from 20 February- 13 March 2010
March has been a very busy month for us at London Drawing! Studio Tate happened every Saturday for four weeks during February/ March- and saw the beginning of a brand new set of classes for us. Navigating from conventional life drawing into basic printmaking, drawing in 3D, using shadow as a medium and considering pure abstraction, Studio Tate really pushed the boundaries of what a life drawing class can be.
Here are some comments from inspired participants:
'Really appreciate the opportunities this gave me. And has given me confidence to keep trying!'
'Very enjoyable and engaging- Loved working with unusual materials'
'Great fun. Very interesting progression from drawing to the inner creative expression'
'Should be mandatory for all- More please!'
Drawing From Digital-
Happened Saturday 6 February 2010
Drawing From Digital in the amazing East Room at Tate Modern produced some of the best work to date from our participants. The day was a great combination of low-fi digtal manipulation of the life model and creative response from all involved.
Monday Evening workshops- Tate Mondern Galleries:
Happened 15 February - 29 March 2010
The ever popular creative life drawing sessions on a Monday evening run three terms a year in the galleries at Tate Modern. The highlights of this terms series included a workshop on Futurism using performers and sound, collage and experimental drawing techniques in the temporary Gorky exhibit, plus a special workshop using the staircases and architecture of the building. Over the seven weeks we visited the Van Doesburg exhibit, Francis Bacon and Joseph Beuys, Giacometti and Cy Twombly. The classes are a really exciting and unique opportunity to work in the galleries and are suitable for all levels of ability.
The Drawing Theatre- Battersea Arts Centre:
Happened Saturday 13 February
In February, the 6th Drawing Theatre saw performance artist Philip Li create a performance installation using clay to modify his body. His progressive performance provided a unique drawing opportunity, incorporating slow movement and a build up of ideas. In the main theatre participants drew inspiration from a visual collage using models and projection. With over 40 participants, this was one of the largest events to date.
The Drawing Theatre- Battersea Arts Centre:
Happened Saturday 17 April 2010
In April we took drawing to the limit with one of the most exciting performances to date as two models created a live 3D installation within the large theatre space at BAC. The performers gradually drew the space itself and as the auditorium developed into a complex web of lines, participants responded using line drawings which built up in layers as the drawing performance progressed.
The Drawing Theatre- Battersea Arts Centre:
Happened Saturday 5 June
In June we staged a playful performance in fabulous The Grand Hall at BAC- with spectacular results! In the morning we worked with the space using props and dramatic lighting- then in the afternoon the models staged a progressive performance involving helium balloons which complimented the cavernous space and beautiful architecture. We ended the performance by setting the balloons free over South London- a great end to a really great day. A big thank you to all those who took part - your contribution made this one of the best Drawing Theatre events yet...
Monday evening Creative Life Drawing Sessions-
Tate Modern Galleries- Happened 7 June - 12 July
The latest series of the ever popular Monday evening sessions at Tate Modern have just come to an end. In one of the most epic series to date, we visited Tate Britain for the first time ever for a unique, high drama life drawing session on the Sublime and used the new Exposed photography exhibition for a class on voyeurism. The class in the Turbine Hall concentrated on the figure in space with an improvised dance performance from professional dancer Vanessa Abreu and, finally, the series ended on a high note with a collaborative drawing involving the whole group in the fabulous East Room with its unrivalled views across London.
Central St Martins Creative Life Drawing Summer School-
Happened 2 - 6 August 2010
This exciting Summer School ran from 2-6 August and saw participants push the boundries of what life drawing can be, really exploring their creativity. We aimed not teach ‘how to draw’ but rather to enable participants to fully engage with and realise their own creative potential, build up confidence in their own artistic identity and think like an artist.
What participants had to say about the course:
"I really liked the course- it was exactly what I needed. I felt like I was moved along a path, becoming more and more confident and inspired along the road"
"Very good. A great mix of technique and freedom"
"I totally enjoyed the week. Having the opportunity to take risks and find solutions to new problems. I also learnt alot about life drawing."
The Big Chill Festival 2010: London Drawing Presents: Adventures In Drawing Life
Happened 8 - 9 August
London Drawing organised two life drawing sessions at The Big Chill this year- a first for the festival and for us! The weekend was a great opportunity to work in a completely new environment and involve participants in a completely new way- drawing, directing and modeling. The second London Drawing event followed directly on from the Spencer Tunick shoot, which involved more than 600 participants, all of whom painted their bodies for the event. Participants from this also joined in with the class- both in drawing and modeling- with spectacular results.
The Drawing Theatre
Happened Saturday September 4
The latest edition of The Drawing Theatre at Battersea Arts Centre incorporated simple performance and light- with great creative results.
Creative Life Drawing Workshop at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects
Happened Tuesday 7 September 2010
On Tuesday 7 September we facilitated a creative life drawing workshop at the Sackler Centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. We took themes from the gallery and created a life drawing workshop around lino printing, pattern design and sculpture- with fantastic results!
The Drawing Theatre- The David Lynch Edition
Happened Saturday 16 October- Battersea Arts Centre
This, the tenth edition of The Drawing Theatre, was organised in conjunction with the David Lynch season at Battersea Arts Centre and The Big Draw. This was a great workshop- the dark and surreal was explored with David Lynch inspired scenes combining motifs from his most surreal film, Eraserhead, sound tracks and sound effects inspired by the film and projection- with truely superb results! Participants really raised the bar with fantastic drawings in response to the performers narratives. A big thank you to everyone involved for making day so special!
London Drawing at the Future Beauty Exhibiton
Happened Tuesday 20 October- The Barbican Gallery
We were commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Social to facilitate a creative drawing workshop in the Future Beauty exhibition currently showing at the Barbican Gallery. This fabulous exhibition, which documents 30 years of Japanese fashion, provided a hugely inspirational spring board into using unusual and unconventional materials to create body sculptures and conceptual garments.
London Drawing at the Twin Peaks Weekender at Battersea Arts Centre
Happened Saturday 23 October
Following our David Lynch inspired Drawing Theatre event on the 16 October we were commissioned by BAC to facilitate a special Twin Peaks life drawing session. David Lynch fans were treated to a surreal set up featuring the log lady and sound tracks from the series. This exciting weekend of events featured 40 hours of the full series of Twin Peaks back to back as the Grand Hall was transformed into an all night sleepover cinema The whole building was transformed into a David Lynch film set, with particpants dressed as characters from the story.
Studio Tate- Tate Modern
Happened every Saturday 23 October - 13 November 2010
An exciting series of Saturday workshops which really explored the potential of life drawing with regard to ideas, concepts and use of materials. The workshops happened in the fabulous East Room at Tate Modern and aimed to unlock participants creativity, moving from conventional drawing techniques into creative use of materials, concepts and abstraction. The four workshops saw a real exploration of materials and ideas. A massive thank you to all involved- the class required cooperation and communication and participants consistantly pulled out all the stops with superb results!
For more information on Studio Tate take a look here: Studio Tate at Tate Modern
Monday Evening Life Drawing- Tate Modern Galleries
Happened Monday 15 November
This workshop concentrated on Art Provera movement in the Energy and Process galleries at Tate Modern. We produced a materials based class, exploring the ideas and processes employed by the artists exhibited in the galleries. Participants responded directly to the concepts around them using everyday materials not usually associated with fine art.
Drawing From Digital- Tate Modern
Happened Saturday 27 November
This gem of a class was set in the spectacular East Room at Tate Modern- a space not usually open to the public with panoramic views across London. Drawing From Digital is an experimental one-day workshop which presents a contemporary take on the traditional life class. It incorporates hi- and low-tech digital media and performance to create an inspiring visual experience, presenting the life model in a completely new way- every breath and heartbeat amplified. A drawing experience definitely not to be missed! If you are interested in hearing about future dates for this class please join our mailing list
The Drawing Theatre- The Animals & The Children Took To The Streets
Happened Saturday 4 December
This session was based loosely on 'The Animals and The Children Took To The Streets', a production currently running at Battersea Arts Centre, London. Our set ups took themes and motifs from the production to create magical visual narratives.
For more info on production The Animals & The Children Took To The Streets: Click here
The Drawing Theatre- Battersea Arts Centre
Happened Saturday 19 February 2011
With over 40 participants, three rooms and three very different set ups, we used props, sound and simple performance to create narratives with dramatic results. Have a look at our Flickr photostream for inspiring pictures from the event: London Drawing on Flickr
The Drawing Theatre- Battersea Arts Centre
Happened Saturday 19 March 2011
This very special edition of The Drawing Theatre was held in conjunction with the current production of The Red Shoes by Kneehigh theatre company at Battersea Arts Centre. We used themes and motifs from the production to create surreal and sensuous performances, inspired by the famously dark Hans Christian Anderson story. Have a look at our Flickr photostream for inspiring pictures from the event: London Drawing on Flickr
Monday Evening Creative Life Drawing Workshops- Tate Modern
Happened 21 February - 21 March 2011
In this, the final workshop in a series of five at Tate Modern, we looked at the figure in space using the fabulous award winning architecture of the gallery. Participants were inspired by models on the escalators and in the stair wells of the concourse on level three, and drew interesting contrasts between the huge, industrial spaces and the organic forms of the naked figure.
We are currently waiting confirmation of dates for the next set of Creative Life Drawing classes- take a look at our Tate page and join our mailing list to hear about forthcoming events.
The Drawing Theatre- in collaboration with Hens Teeth Theatre
Happened May 14
We were delighted to be collaborating with Hens Teeth Theatre Company for this, the 14th edition of the Drawing Theatre. We created set ups around the architecture of the building and imaginary characters based on its history using props, sound and elements of performance.
Hens Teeth specialise in site specific performances using story telling, puppetry and music so this was a very special edition with some unexpected imagery and exciting performance.
for exciting pictures of the event go to: London Drawing on Flickr
The Drawing Theatre- At West Dean College House
Happened 18 June 2011
This very special Drawing Theatre event was held in the fabulous spaces in the historic house at West Dean College. In this bespoke life drawing workshop we created surreal narratives inspired by the architecture and artistic history of the Estate.
To view amazing pictures of the event: London Drawing on Flickr