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Weekend Workshop: Taking Away the Veil – From Dark to Light with Nina Mae Fowler

15 June - 16 June 2019, 11:00-17:00

Education Studio

Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

"01:44:48" (Sally Potter)
by Nina Mae Fowler
NPG 7067

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. All materials are provided.

Artist Nina Mae Fowler, whose Luminary Drawings: Portraits of Film Directors are currently on display, leads this two day workshop which reveals the set up and process behind the portraits. Recreating the intimate cinema experience used for the sittings in this series, students will draw from a model as they engage with a chosen film. Students will learn how to create a charcoal drawing by 'taking away' the medium rather than applying it - working from dark to light. On day two, students will choose from a multitude of still images from the previous day's sitting, learning how to use life drawings and methods of montaging film stills to build a final portrait. Suitable for all abilities, materials provided.

Artist Nina Mae Fowler is known for her detailed drawings and installations which investigate themes around fame, desire and our relationship with cinema. Fowler has been shortlisted for other prizes such has the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Young Masters and The Aesthetica Art Prize. Young Masters and The Aesthetica Art Prize. Past commissions have included portraits of evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins and biographer Dame Hermione Lee. Her works have been exhibited internationally, including frequent solo exhibitions in London, Paris and Leipzig, and are held in private and public collections including New College, Oxford, UK and the ‘Try-me’ collection, a public foundation in Richmond, Virginia. In 2018 David Lynch’s establishment Silencio in Paris held a retrospective of Fowler’s work. Nina has over ten years’ teaching experience in secondary education including regular life-drawing workshops.

For a copy of the full Workshop schedule, please click here