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'Past and Present' 1-day workshop with Paul Handley

'I...go and draw from pictures more to remind myself what quality is and what's actually demanded of painting. Without these touchstones we'd be floundering' Frank Auerbach

The foundations of classical art education curriculum were grounded in the activity of copying from the masters both for the acquisition of manual skills and to begin to understand the visual grammar and syntax of making figurative images. This one-day course will use reproductions of works of art from which participants will produce drawings and paintings of their own. This course is not about slavish copying, you will be responding in a very particular way with specific aims. You will be introduced to a range of contemporary artists for whom the practice of drawing from art of the past is a key element of their activity. Through this activity you will explore line, tone, colour, pattern, space, composition and design. Your tutor will provide relevant source material to work from but you are welcome to bring your own images as well.

About your tutor: Paul Handley NEAC studied at Norwich School of Art, and then at Goldsmiths College where he completed a post graduate Art Teachers Certificate. He also has an MA in art history and critical theory from Winchester University and the OU. In 1992 he won the Spectator Art Prize and in 1992 he was elected a member of the NEAC.


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


£55 for the day (+ booking fee).

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 1 December 2018

10:30 – 16:00


Please bring:

  • 2B pencils
  • craft knife/pencil sharpener
  • scene painters charcoal
  • masking tape
  • A3 sketchbook

If you wish to paint please bring along your chosen media.

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.

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