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Painting of a rounded silver casket sat on tap of a flat book, sat on top of a pair of white gloves all sat on top of a red case with a gold latch. Background is black.

Journey Through British Still Life with Adele Wagstaff - Session 1

6.30 - 9pm


[ Online Workshop )

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Wednesday 4 September 2024


From: £15

Wednesday 11 September 2024


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Wednesday 18 September 2024


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Embark on an engaging online evening course with Adele Wagstaff designed to unlock the secrets of still life drawing.

Led by artist Adele Wagstaff, this dynamic course offers a deep dive into key drawing techniques and concepts. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned artist, explore the rich history of still life painting and its relevance in contemporary art.

Delve into line, tone, and form as you create your own unique compositions inspired by themes from our exhibition, The Shape of Things: Still Life in Britain.

Choose between individual sessions or join us for the full three-part series. Get ready to unleash your creativity and master the art of still life drawing like never before!

This is the first session in the series (find the first two sessions in the suggested events below). Receive 10% off when you book all three sessions. Simply add all three to your basket and the discount will be applied automatically.


From tradition to modernity (1900s-mid-1920s)

During this session participants will explore shape and composition while drawing from tabletop arrangements inspired by natural forms; fruit, vegetables and other objects found in nature.

This workshop will give a brief overview of the genre of still life, its motifs from vanitas and memento mori; flowers, fruits and their decay.

We will look at the work of turn-of-the-century Slade artists, the Bloomsbury and Camden Town Groups and the Scottish Colourists, whose objects were often familiar and domestic chosen predominantly for their form.

Participants will make two drawings using a variety of materials during the evening, looking at the position and scale of objects, and drawing the negative spaces around them.

Artists will look at include Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Laura Knight, William Nicholson, Walter Sickert, Ursula Tyrwhitt and Sylvia Gosse.

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All you need is paper, drawing materials a laptop or tablet, a Zoom account and internet connection.

Suggested materials:
Pencils HB/B/2B
Ink pen/ fine liner – black or sepia
A set of coloured pencils
Graphite stick 4B or 6B
A pad of A2 cartridge paper (or preferred surface), if you are able to work at an easel or have a tabletop easel. (Working in an A3/A4 sketchbook is fine if you prefer).
Drawing board.
Any other materials you may like to use, eg pastels

Greyscale photograph of a woman painting at an easel

Artist educator bio - Adele Wagstaff

Adele Wagstaff trained at Newcastle University and the Slade School of Fine Art where she focused on working from the nude in sustained poses. Her practice continues to explore the human figure, anatomy and portraiture through drawing and painting.

She has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the BP Portrait Award, and her work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, Royal West of England Academy, Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Canadian Portrait Academy.

Adele teaches drawing courses at the Art Academy London, West Dean College and the Royal Academy of Arts, and has written two books: Still Life Painting in Oils, 2012, and Painting the Nude, 2015, both published by the Crowood Press.