Weekend Workshop: Painting Hands: From Anatomy to Gesture (Day One)

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14 June 2014, 11:00-17:00

Education Studio

Tickets: £100 (£80 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.



Edward Alexander (

Edward Alexander ('Aleister') Crowley
by Leon Engers Kennedy
1917-1918
NPG 6630

In this painting workshop led by artist Viyki Turnbull, you will look at hands in portrait, how they are used to express action and emotion, and how to paint them. You  will also explore how gestural and expressionistic mark making is used in painting and the development of painting styles. You will work from a model and in the Galleries.

On day one, you will learn techniques for drawing the hand, focussing on anatomy.  Through discussion and practical  exercises, you will  gain an understanding of how the hand works and see how this can support you when you come to draw. Through a growing awareness of the variety of movements we have with our hands - touch, hold, grasp, feel, release – you will see an impact on the way you draw, using your own hand as a model and working from selected paintings in the Gallery. On day two, you will progress to paint, working from a life model.

Victoria Turnbull is an established artist based in London. Originally trained as a painter at the Norwich School of Art, her drawings and cross arts installations have been commissioned by a wide range of institutions including the Creative Intelligence Agency, English Heritage, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Whitechapel Gallery. She collaborates with artists from theatre, dance and performance to explore perception, movement and the body and has worked with a variety of audiences including students from the Royal College of Arts and the National Film and Television School and artists, teachers and researchers at the Thinking Through Drawing symposium at Columbia University, New York (2013) and Drawing the Line in the Dordogne (2014).

Suitable for all abilities. All materials supplied.