Inspired by: Walter Sickert
Dates: Tuesday 26 July – Thursday 28 July
Time: 10:00-16:00
Venue:  The Fine Art Room – Northfields (see below for venue info) + Tate Britain + Victoria and Albert Museum
No of sessions: 3
No. of students:
Tutor: Mario Lautier Vella

Course fees:
Standard fee:  £175*

 Instalment payments are available – 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.

* Course fee doesn’t include your entrance to the ‘Walter Sickert’ exhibition at Tate Britain or travel costs to / from the exhibition or to and from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Discover and explore the methods and motivations of the artist Walter Sickert (1860-1942) in our latest Inspired By workshop. 

The course begins with a visit to Tate Britain’s ‘Walter Sickert’ exhibition – the first retrospective show dedicated to Sickert in over 60 years – followed by a research trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum plus two studio days where we will take inspiration from some of Sickert’s subject matter and approaches to art-making.

Walter Richard Sickert – La Hollandaise (c.1906)

From intimate moments in dimly-lit bedrooms to spot-lit turns in rowdy music halls, actor turned artist Walter Sickert’s work transverses both the glamour and grittiness of London life in the late 19th and early 20th Century at a time when British art became increasingly influenced by French Impressionism.

The arrival of photography and its affect on the mass media also shaped Sickert’s practice, with later work centred on ideas of contemporary celebrity culture.

Some of Sickert’s themes including the female nude, theatrical performances and celebrity photography provide us with our starting points. We will also discuss other aspects of Sickert’s life and work including other artists that inspired Sickert such as Whistler and Degas.

Walter Sickert – Little Dot Hetherington at the Old Bedford (1888-89)

Following our visit to the exhibition, we will gather in our studio space to work on a number of assignments centred on creating sketches from moving images and memory. We will also work with found photos, plus enjoy a 2 hour life drawing session with a professional female model. There will also be time to develop your drawings further, or take your drawings into painting.

Please note that, due to venue restrictions, paintings must be made in acrylic or watercolour. Oil paints are not permitted.

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

Our research day begins at Tate Britain. We will meet at Pimlico tube station before going to the gallery. We will then spend the morning at the Walter Sickert exhibition. After lunch, we will travel to the Victoria and Albert Museum where you will be set a research assignment.

Course materials:  Paper will be provided for studio work. 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 director of The Fine Art Room, Mario has enjoyed teaching for over a decade, working with adults at a number of venues and events including City Lit, Westminster Adult Education Service, The Affordable Art Fair and Watford Museum.

He continues to run popular weekly 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, The Netherlands, Malta, North America, Canada and Australia.

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