section of a drawing by Paul Handley of a cast of a figure

‘Drawing from the antique’ 1-day workshop with Paul Handley NEAC

Until the turn of the twentieth century drawing from the ‘antique’ – a canonical group of classical statues that provided ideal exemplars of artistic achievement - formed a core component of every art students training.

Drawing from the antique has all but disappeared from the modern art school curriculum but drawing from classical casts can still be a useful activity when learning to draw and paint from life; not only are they beautiful objects in their own right, their formal complexity and subtlety make for very challenging and fascinating subject matter.

This workshop will use as it’s starting point the classical casts dotted around Heatherley’s School of Art and students can opt to make either drawings or paintings.

About your tutor: Paul Handley was born in Newark, Nottinghamshire in 1964, where he continues to live and work. He received my initial artistic training at the Norwich School of Art, where he studied for a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. He completed an Art Teachers Certificate at Goldsmiths College University of London and an MA in Art History at the Winchester School of Art and the OU. He has taught art and art history in a range of educational settings from schools and colleges to art schools and universities. He was initially elected a member of the NEAC in 1997.


Heatherley's School of Art
75 Lots Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 ORN


£60.00 (+ booking fee) for the day

There is a 10% discount for Friends of the New English and students with an appropriate student number booking online. If you are a student you will be asked to provide your Student ID at the workshop. If you are eligible for a discount please email stating which discount you are eligible for and you will be emailed a special code to use when booking your tickets.

Dates & times

Saturday, 18 January 2020

10:30 – 16:00 GMT


Students should bring basic drawing materials including 2B pencils, hard rubber, putty rubber, blade/scalpel or other sharpener, scene painters charcoal, fixative, masking tape, good quality cartridge paper and or a sketchbook. A basic watercolour set might also be useful if students wish to produce wash drawings. Students need not bring everything on the list, just only those that are likely to use.

There is a materials shop on site if required.

There are tea and coffee making facilities on site and cafes nearby - but you might want to bring a packed lunch.

Connected events

photo of the stairwell in the Wallace Collection

‘Learning from the masters’ short course with Daniel Shadbolt NEAC

22 Jan 2020 to 19 Feb 2020
The Wallace Collection
Drawing from paintings helps us to understand processes and to imagine how the artist set about making the picture itself
painting of a still life

‘Trusting Your First Instinct’ 1-day workshop with John Dobbs NEAC SWLA

29 Feb 2020
Heatherley's School of Art
Painting directly from observation and trusting first instincts, students will be encouraged to work as unselfconsciously as possible...
Photo of a pile of sketchbooks

‘Working with Sketchbooks’ 1-day workshop with Robert E Wells NEAC RBA

14 Mar 2020
Heatherley's School of Art
The workshop will start with a brief overview by Robert of his use of sketchbooks, and their importance to his studio works...
Richard Pikesley in his studio

Painting day with Richard Pikesley in aid of the AGBI charity

21 Mar 2020
Middlehill Farm
A guided day's painting with Richard Pikesley PPNEAC, either working on nearby coastal or landscape subjects of West Dorset or in the studio if the weather's unkind.

Works for sale

Free shipping in the UK / rest of world contact us for details