Drop-in drawing

Artist holding a sheet of white paper up while teaching adult learners about drawing.
© David Parry 2023

Past event archive
15 December 2023, 18.00-20.00

Room 24, Floor 2

Free

Led by artist Gayna Pelham, create your own work in the Gallery and be inspired by the world’s largest collection of portraits. The session starts with a short introduction, but participants can drop in throughout, staying for any amount of time, whether it be 10 minutes or 2 hours. The class is suitable for everyone, from complete beginners to accomplished artists. All materials are provided, so no need to bring anything with you unless you want to work in your own sketchbook or on an iPad.

A woman speaking animatedly in front of a gallery wall


Gayna Pelham is an artist and art historian and is a leading lecturer and art educator at the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery and many other institutions. She is highly experienced and is a superb communicator with a wide knowledge of art history across the centuries. Gayna is passionate about teaching and specialises in teaching adults to draw who really think they can't and has developed unique workshops to do this. In recent years she has worked extensively with art and wellbeing and runs workshops ranging from stress relief and energising to facial recognition and creative thinking. With a background in music she is also deeply involved in working across the arts and has worked with orchestras and composers as well as filmmakers and animators. This deep interest has lead her to become a founder member of a new organisation Arts ARKADE working across urban arts, which will be opening soon in Piccadilly Circus.