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Picasso moved through many styles during his career and we will drawing upon them all for this class!

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Join Lucy McGeown for a session of portrait drawing in which we examine and explore the many styles and methods of Pablo Picasso, learning about significant works and why he made the stylistic choices he did!

“There are so many realities that in trying to encompass them all one ends in darkness, that is why, when one paints a portrait, one must stop somewhere, in a sort of caricature.”

Portraiture remained a constant subject throughout Picasso’s life and looking through this lens gives us an insight into his versatility and the continued demonstration of his ever playful and innovative nature. Some of the works are undeniably subjective but they still give us an insight into the sitter's inner world and not just Picasso’s perception of them.

Throughout his career he painted the people closest to him again and again, and as his relationship with them changed, so did his depictions of them. At times crude, with anger or a sense of violence, and at others light and free, with a sense of romance or deep love, Picasso was always reinventing his approach . This utterly subjective pursuit of an honest portrait gives us an astonishing variety of styles to look at for examples of what a portrait can be and do.

These include works in his most notable styles of Cubism, Neoclassical, Symbolist, Expressionist as well as a more classically naturalist style.

In this class Lucy McGeown will be discussing some of his most extraordinary portraits including 'The Old Guitarist' 1903, 'The Weeping Woman' 1937, 'Woman in Hat (Olga)' 1935, 'Portrait of Ambroise Vollard' 1910, as well as some lesser known examples. The sheer variety of work will allow us to find stark contrasts and through these comparisons we will be able to unpack the language and stylistic choices that were made to make each portrait unique, dramatic and at times emotionally poignant.

As always this class is for all levels!

YOU WILL NEED:

-10 x sheets of paper (A4 and larger)

-Pens, pencils, pastels, paints (anything you want to use!)

- A rubber

Everyone is welcome to join this Pay-What-You-Can class. We suggest a donation of £12, however we understand that may not be possible for everybody. Please be honest and pay what you can afford so that we may continue to offer our sessions on a donation basis.

You will receive a confirmation email and be able to access the event via your eventbrite "Online Event Page"

We will also send separate emails:

-IF YOU BUY A LIVE CLASS AND RECORDING TICKET THEN YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH THE ZOOM LINK AND REMINDER OF MATERIALS TO ARRIVE IN YOUR INBOX 1 DAY BEFORE AND AGAIN ONCE 5 MINUTES BEFORE WE START.

-IF YOU BUY A RECORDING ONLY TICKET WE WILL SEND YOU MORE INFO ON THE DAY OF THE LIVE CLASS WITH THE RECORDING LINK APPROXIMATELY AN HOUR AFTER THE LIVE CLASS HAS FINISHED.

(Please note that the recording can be viewed once within 7 days)

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE ANY EMAILS FROM US VIA EVENTBRITE, THEN PLEASE EMAIL : londondrawinggroup@gmail.com

And that's it!

We're really looking forward to you joining us.

Love,

LDG

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Organiser LONDON DRAWING GROUP

Organiser of PICASSO: Extraordinary Portraits


The London Drawing Group is a collective of three contemporary artists currently practising in London. Although our practices are individually varied and diverse, we are brought together by our shared love of and passion for drawing, and our experiences of being taught by a huge range of practising artists at the Royal Drawing School Central.

Our aim as a collective is simply to get more people drawing, making, connecting and engaging with art. We genuinely believe that art is for everyone, and that sometimes the only thing keeping people from engaging in the playful, unknown and unpredictable process of art-making, is that it can seem intimidating. Through working to break down contextual barriers through innovative methods of teaching and creating, we hope to make drawing approachable to everyone.


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