Drawing: Costume, Opera and the Stage
On the stage the clothes are impractical and huge, small, bizarre, colourful or drab, depending on the director’s scheme and worn only to convey the drama. From Canaletto’s father who along with many other Venetian painters painted backdrops for Venice's myriad theatres, to Piranesi, Picasso, Laura Knight, Osbert Lancaster, Hockney and Degas, artists have worked for the stage, designing costumes, sets, and drops, as well as painted great actors and performances of their day. London has a long, distinguished theatrical history, and women graced the stage here first in the reign of King George. Sarah Siddons, Mrs Jordan and Perdita to name a few, all are celebrated by artists even now in the National Portrait Gallery. The course begins with visits to the National Theatre, the V&A and the Wallace Collection, then in the studio, drawing clothed models using colour and a variety media, music will play, dancers will dance, and the stage will be set. There will be a variety of poses from all day, to short.
Please note this class will not run on Monday 19 September.
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