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Plywood

Plywood panels are sometimes used as painting surfaces. They consist of a central wooden core sandwiched between several thin layers of wood glued together. The advantage of using plywood is that it is stable, rigid and unlikely to split.

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Discover our BP Next Generation short films made by artists. Follow step by step guides in drawing and painting techniques.

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Hold Still

Hold Still photography workshop

Reflect on your own experiences of lockdown through this easy-to-do from home, photographic exercise. 

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Draw Like a Renaissance Master

Revisit The Encounter exhibition and learn about Renaissance and Baroque drawing methods and materials.

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