Portrait Masterclass: Elizabeth and Mary

Two day course starting -
Hand-painted illuminated portrait of a queen

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Be inspired by portraits of our powerful pair of queens before tackling your own storytelling portrait

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For over 5000 years, portraits have captured stories of power and wealth, fashion and beauty, friendship and rivalry. In this weekend course, we start with the stories of two of the most famous women in British history: Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. Drawing on our exhibition Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens, you will learn the fundamentals of storytelling through portraiture and how to interpret this historic relationship in two contemporary images.

Working with professional artist’s models, you will develop your understanding of composition, proportion and pose through a series of structured exercises. You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of art materials to create your work, with individual support from the tutor.

By the end of the weekend, you will have learned to depict the human subject confidently and creatively. You will have created two portraits to take home, inspired by one of the most compelling and defining relationships in British history.

This course takes place in the Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre at the British Library.


Name: Portrait Masterclass: Elizabeth and Mary
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: -
Price: Full Price: £185.00
Student: £157.00
Registered Unemployed: £157.00
Disabled: £157.00
Senior (60+): £167.00
Young Person (18-25): £157.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546