Come Draw With Me at Leighton House
I had the chance to do some figure drawing in Lord Leighton’s studio this week. The class was part of The Campaign for Drawing’s Come Draw With Me event held at Leighton House in Kensington. If you ever have a chance to attend one of their future events I thoroughly recommend it.
Leighton House was the former home and studio of acclaimed Victorian artist Lord Leighton. The place is spectacular – grand and opulent – and the perfect setting for some art classes. In the photo below a class is set up in The Arab Hall which was designed to display Leighton’s collection of Islamic tiles. And, on the right, a photo of The Silk Room.
Our class was set up in Leighton’s studio and run by Eileen Cooper RA. The studio is huge, with large windows maximizing the light, Leighton would have spent most of his days here working on commissions.
We were supplied with all the materials we would need (plus a glass of wine during the break!) and Eileen led a fantastic, laid back class with a great model. The main thing I struggled with was the fact that he was clothed and it disguised the shape of the body which made it more challenging for me.
The tools of the trade: Leighton’s paints in a display case in the house, and our box of colouring pencils for the class.
So here are my sketches, most were 10 to 15 minutes long: