Digital Streaming Studio - Evening | Michelangelo at the British Museum

Be inspired by Michelangelo, as an artist and a person, in this online life drawing session in collaboration with the British Museum.

In this evening online life drawing class the Royal Drawing School is partnering with the British Museum to celebrate their current exhibition, Michelangelo: the last decades. This tutor-led session featuring images from the exhibition, exclusive insights from curators and a live model, will allow you to get under the skin of Michelangelo’s work.

Through series of practical life drawing exercises led by Marcus Cornish you will gain greater understanding of Michelangelo as an artist and a person. We will look at how he approached drawing the figure, how we might also draw with some of his explosive inventiveness, and consider how the act of drawing might be turned into a means of spiritual meditation. 

By drawing through the eyes of the great artist, we can deepen our own understanding of why Michelangelo’s drawings are some of the most important in art history, and find ways in which we might challenge and feed our own artistic practice.

Michelangelo Buonarroti drawings: © 2024 The Trustees of the British Museum


The session will use primarily the following materials:

  • Charcoal
  • Pencil
  • Paper (assorted sizes)
  • A Drawing Board or large book to lean on


  • Graphite Stick
  • Drawing Pencils
  • Coloured Pencils
  • Pastels
  • Ink Pens
  • Conté Crayons
  • Putty and Hard Erasers
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Sketchbook
  • Paper in various sizes – we suggest A3 – A1

Please note: The Royal Drawing School online models will not pose nude. Models in this series will be semi clothed.


  • You can book these sessions individually, or you can book the event series giving you access to all 6 sessions with 10% off. Book the whole series here.
  • All students will need a device that supports the latest version of Zoom
  • Chat support available during the session

Share your work on social media with the hashtag #RDSLivestreamStudio

Contact with any queries.

Featured image by Michelangelo