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Weekend Workshop: The Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood: Art, Music and More

11 January - 12 January 2020, 11:00-17:00

Education Studio

Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Chrisitina Rossetti by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1866 Private Collection
Chrisitina Rossetti by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1866 Private Collection

These intimate art weekends enable you to explore, develop and improve your creativity. Working alongside leading artists and photographers, take inspiration from the Gallery and look at portraiture in new, exciting ways. Class numbers are limited to 12. Over 18s only. All materials are provided.

Immerse yourself in the creative milieu of the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood – their art and lives but also the poetry, music, myths and legends which influenced them. You will look at poems written by Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal and their contemporaries and the music which influenced them from Mozart to Mendelssohn.

Having gathered all this inspiration it will then be time to create your own portrait based on one in the exhibition, from initial sketches to a final piece in acrylic on canvas. With artist and art historian Gayna Pelham. Gayna specialises in teaching adults to draw and paint - especially those who feel they cannot – so no experience is necessary for this workshop. All materials are supplied. It is recommended that participants wear old clothes.

Gayna is an artist and art historian who has worked for the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery for over 15 years.  With a background in music, literature as well as art, she has a passion for teaching, particularly those with little or no experience of art and she gets extraordinary results.  She particularly focuses in working in a cross arts way and enjoys using these skills to run workshops on stress relief and well-being.  Her own practice centres on drawing, painting and interactive installations and often focuses on the expected versus the unexpected.

Part of the programme of events complementing Pre-Raphaelite Sisters.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Friday 8 November 2019.