Leonardo da Vinci: Drawing Techniques and Tools

Weekend course: -
tools and techniques

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Experiment with Leonardo Da Vinci's drawing techniques and tools

Course dates: Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 June 10.30 – 17.00

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Immerse yourself in the study of Leonardo’s unrivalled drawings on our creative weekend masterclass. Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion is a rare opportunity to explore up-close a selection of Leonardo’s exquisite notebooks from three collections. This course invites you to connect deeply with Leonardo’s drawings through first-hand experience of his working methods, and to gain confidence in viewing Renaissance drawings in other collections. 

Over two days of exhibition visits and studio workshops, we will explore the properties and behaviour of a range of traditional materials, including metal stylus, ink and chalk. Encouraging you to extend and develop your practical skills, this course asks questions about the creative possibilities - and limitations - of different tools. 

Through a series of short guided activities and sustained drawing exercises, we will look at how Leonardo’s inventive approach to drawing broke with convention and inspired generations to come. We trace the changes in drawing practice during Leonardo’s lifetime, from the controlled, unforgiving line of silverpoint to the loose, gestural marks of crumbling chalk. We consider how certain materials have lent themselves to particular subject matter and what responses we notice as we draw, observe and investigate an object with these tools. 


Name: Leonardo da Vinci: Drawing Techniques and Tools
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £185.00
Member: £185.00
Senior 60+: £167.00
Student: £157.00
Registered Unemployed: £157.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546