Weekend Workshop: Portraits from Life (Day One)

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27 September 2014, 11:00-17:00

Please check signage on the day for details

Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.



Pearl Chandor – The Actor
by Catherine Goodman, 2014
© Catherine Goodman

Take a masterclass with artist Catherine Goodman during this two-day portraiture workshop. Taking inspiration from the Gallery and Goodman’s current display, Portraits from Life, the weekend includes painting workshops drawing classes with Clara Drummond (currently exhibiting in the BP Award 2014)  and Sophie Charalambous, both  alumni tutors from the Prince’s Drawing School who studied with Goodman on the School’s Drawing Year postgraduate programme. On day one, they  will lead drawing tours of the gallery, considering how other artists have approached the same subject matter that has fascinated artists  throughout history:  drawing and painting the head. On day two, Catherine Goodman and another alumnus, Louise Yates, lead the sessions. 

Suitable for all abilities, all materials provided.

Catherine Goodman was born in 1961 and studied at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, where she won the RA Gold Medal. In 2002 Goodman won the National Portrait Gallery's BP Portrait Award for her portrait of Dom Anthony Sutch (a new portrait of whom can be seen in her current exhibition), and her BP commissioned portrait of Dame Cicely Saunders was reproduced as a Royal Mail stamp in 2006. She is represented by Marlborough Fine Art. Goodman exhibited drawings from Veronese at Colnaghi this May, as part of her ongoing investigation of the artist's work through drawing. She is Artistic Director of The Prince's Drawing School, one of The Prince's Charities, which she co-founded with HRH The Prince of Wales in 2000. Goodman currently lives and paints in London and India. 

Clara Drummond graduated in Modern Languages at Cambridge before studying on The Drawing Year. Clara was awarded the Bulldog Award by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Young Artist of the Year Prize by the Society of Woman Artists and has had four portraits accepted for the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2014. She has had solo shows in Galeribox, Iceland, The Lookout, Aldeburgh, and in London at Edel Assanti, Flowers Central and Two Temple Place. Group shows include the Jerwood Drawing Prize, The Garrick/ Milne Prize, Discerning Eye, Threadneedle and Lynn.      

Sophie Charalambous is a visual artist and designer. She combines her own practice with working collaboratively in the theatre, teaching and leading arts projects with community groups. Sophie completed a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting at Brighton University and later did a postgraduate year on the Motley Theatre Design Course, London. She has designed sets and costumes for many productions, several of which have toured the world. Drawing underpins all her work and in 2008/9 she spent a year developing her drawing on The Drawing Year at The Prince's Drawing School. She currently lives and works in London. Painter-Stainers Prize.

Louise Yates read English at Christ Church, Oxford and works as a children's writer and illustrator. She studied on the Drawing Year at The Princes Drawing School 2008/9, and in 2010, won the Prince of Wales’ Award for Portrait Drawing at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Annual Exhibition. Her books include a New York Times bestseller which is currently being adapted as a musical in the US and an animated TV series in the UK. Louise won the 2010 Roald Dahl Funny Prize, was shortlisted for the 2012 Red House Children’s Book Award and has been nominated four times for the Kate Greenaway Medal.