Inspired by: Aubrey Beardsley
Inspired by: Aubrey Beardsley
Dates: due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, all classroom based courses are currently postponed. Dates for this course will be confirmed as soon as possible – sign up to our mailing list and be the first to know when the course is taking place.
Time: 9.30-16:00
Venue: to be confirmed
No of sessions:  3
No. of students:
Tutor: Mario Lautier Vella
Image: Aubrey Beardsley: Self-portrait (1892). Pen and black ink, with black wash

THIS COURSE IS POSTPONED – get in touch using the form below and we’ll add you to the waiting list. We’ll email you as soon as the course dates are confirmed and you can book onto the course.

Course fees:
Standard fee:  £180

Please note your course fee doesn’t include your exhibition ticket, lunch or travel. Entrance to the Victoria and Albert Museum is free. You can pay for your course in instalments – please get in touch to discuss this further. See our terms and conditions before booking or get in touch with any questions you may have.

A 3 day workshop (1 research day and 2 studio days) dedicted to the British artist Aubrey Beardsley whose fantastic drawings and illustrations shocked Edwardian society and continue to awe and inspire today…

Inspired by: Aubrey Beardsley
Aubrey Beardsley – The Climax (1894); Ink on paper

Coinciding with a new exhibition entitled Aubrey Beardsley at Tate Britain (opening 4 March), the course starts with a visit to the show plus a follow-on trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum where we will consider some of the art and design aesthetics, trends that inspired Beardsley, plus collect research for use in the studio.

Our Friday research day begins at Tate Britain. We will meet at Pimlico tube station and go the exhibition together. After lunch at a local pub, we will travel together to the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington for our afternoon research trip.

>> Find out more about the Aubrey Beardsley exhibition at Tate Britain

Monday’s studio day will feature a series of short lectures on the life, times, inspirations and practice of Beardsley, plus practical exercises centred on working with ink, tone and composition. This will be followed by a life drawing session featuring a nude model when we will explore Beardsley’s style, his way of responding to the human body and some of the subjects and stories he drew.

Inspired by: Aubrey Beardsley
Aubrey Beardsley – Hermaphroditus Amongst Roses (1894). Ink on paper

Tuesday’s workshop day gives you the chance create drawings and / or paintings based on your own work and research, taking cues from Beardsley’s themes and approach.

Please note the course will feature and discuss images of a sexual nature.

Course level: intermediate / advanced – some drawing and painting experience essential. Get in touch if you’re not sure of your level / suitability.

VenueThe Fine Art Room – Northfields + Central London venues

Your studio sessions take place at Northfields Community Centre.
Northfields Community Centre is located at 71A Northcroft Rd, London, W13 9SS.

The centre is approximately 5 minutes walk from Northfields Tube station (Piccadilly Line). Local bus routes: E2 or E3.  There are a few parking spaces available at the centre but these cannot be reserved / guaranteed.  Parking restrictions are in place close to the Centre but free parking is available in streets a short distance away. See map

Course materials:  basic materials provided. An additional materials list will be sent to you upon booking.

Your course tutor: Mario Lautier Vella is a qualified teacher and professional artist.  The founder and managing director of The Fine Art Room, Mario has enjoyed teaching since 2011, working with adults at a number of venues and events including City Lit, The Affordable Art Fair and Watford Museum.

Mario delivers popular art sessions in Ealing, across London and abroad, helping artists of all levels develop their thinking and skills further.  His work can be found in collections across the UK, Malta, the Netherlands, North America, Canada and Australia.

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