painting of 3 figures in an interior scene

The Unspoken Narrative: 1-day workshop with Robert E Wells NEAC RBA

This workshop continues to explore the use of the figure to drive narratives based on drawing from life.

The day will start with a brief discussion as to how the human figure is used as a tool to develop stories, create tension, and suggest ambiguous or symbolic meaning.

Students will then produce a series of rapid sketchbook studies of a clothed model and continue to create drawings of the model in relation to their broader surroundings within the room.

This will be followed by a walk to a nearby small park where students will continue to create further studies of the model within the context of their surroundings. This can be approached in any medium, or stylistic direction.

After lunch students will return to studio for a brief overview. We will look to develop our findings in more depth, this can be in any format using any materials to help develop a narrative within the context of exploration.

At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to examine our findings and consider how our ideas can be used in the future.

Please note the structure is meant as a general guide only and there will be plenty of room in which to pursue ideas as and when they arise.

About your tutor:  Robert E. Wells NEAC RBA‭ is a Yorkshire-‬born artist, known for his cityscape paintings as well as rural landscapes and figurative works. He finds inspiration in the unusual aspects of everyday life, encouraging the viewer to create their own narrative interpretations of his often ambiguous and sometimes conflicting imagery.‬ member of the New English Art Club and The Royal Society British Artists, he regularly exhibits his work in solo shows.


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, 19 March 2022

10:30 – 16:00


What to bring: 

  • Sketchbooks
  • Canvas/boards /papers, any size
  • Any pens pencils paints, mixed media as preferred by the individual
  • Telephones, cameras and ipads are most welcome

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