Drawing class – a day of indulgence!

Today I attended a full day drawing class with Nelson Ferreira at the V and A. It felt like a total indulgence being able to just sit and draw for hours!

As a drawing teacher it was great to see how others teach the same thing, and to learn better ways of explaining.

The things Nelson taught me today:

When explaining how to work out the angles think of the time, is the angle at 10 o’clock, or 2 o’clock? This seems like a great way to think about it! Shadows have no texture, and hold the picture to the object you are drawing to see the lights and darks, I found out my pictures are way too light! And finally to look at what is the sharpness of the line.

Here is my attempt:


The drawing lesson took place in the Cast Court, which I regret to know nothing about so here’s the V and A’s explanation:
“The Cast Courts at the V&A, two vast galleries that
house the Museum’s most important plaster cast
and electrotype reproductions, make a significant
impression on visitors. These faithful copies were
mainly taken from works of art or architectural
details throughout Europe during the nineteenth
century, when the collecting of such casts was at
its most popular. The Museum commissioned or
bought these reproductions from some of the
leading cast manufacturers of the day. The
collection that was assembled allowed people
who could not travel abroad to admire some of
the major European monuments and works of art.”


My only advice would be to do the half day, as I am exhausted from a full day! But great teacher!

Here are a few more pictures from London today:




Published by sophiesart

East sussex based artists, photographer and art teacher. Inspiration, Education and Wellbeing and the core of The Arts School where I teach a range of courses to develop your confidence, knowledge and skills. My own work reflects the world around me. I love collaboration so contact me to see how we can work together www.sophiedouglas.org.uk

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