LONDON DRAWING GROUP AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM: WITCHES AND FEMININE MAGICK
From the Bible to Greek Mythology, from the mountains of Japan to the quiet German countryside – the figure of the Witch has always loomed large in our collective consciousness. Whether harmless midwives and healers, medicine women, or purveyors of the occult, Witches, and indeed the hunting of them, have gripped the minds of artists over the long centuries.
Join London Drawing Group as through this workshop we explore the artistic lure of a lost feminine magick, or perhaps the threat of a latent female power. From Salvator Rosa, through Goya, Fuseli and Parmigianino, we will explore the way that artists have dealt with differing visions of dangerous femininity through the use of compositional drama, narrative, tone and medium. With a particular focus on creating exciting and composite images rather than simple studies, this class will challenge you to explore your own notions of femininity and the concept of the witch in art.
This workshop will take place in the fabulous oak panelled Study Room of the British Museum, which houses over 50,000 drawings and over two million prints dating from the beginning of the fifteenth century up to the present day. We are delighted to announce that our hosts the Bridget Riley Art Foundation will talk on the history of the works in question as well as some history of the the study room, with the majority of the day made up of a series of drawing exercises and time spent sketching from the works.
PAPER AND PENCILS WILL BE PROVIDED, if you would like to bring other media you are most welcome to bring pencils/pens but please note that WET MEDIA is not allowed in the study room due to the delicate nature of the works.
London Drawing Group is working with the Bridget Riley Art Foundation at the British Museum to inspire drawing from the Museum’s Prints and Drawings collection. Each session is unique and explores carefully chosen artworks through different theoretical frameworks.
PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS ARE FREE WITH AN OPTIONAL DONATION (suggested £5) THAT GOES TOWARDS SUPPORTING THE WORK OF LONDON DRAWING GROUP BRINGING YOU EXCITING AND INNOVATIVE DRAWING EVENTS ACROSS LONDON.