Fri, 22 Nov | The British Museum

A Day Drawing from the Parthenon Marbles

4-hour traditional drawing class | 10.30pm - 15.30 | max 6 | £56
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A Day Drawing from the Parthenon Marbles

Time & Location

22 Nov 2019, 10:30 – 15:30
The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, UK

About The Event

As a starting point, for centuries the traditionally trained art student has drawn from ancient sculpture. Following this practice, Nichola Eddery has designed four hours traditional drawing workshop in the classical antiquity rooms in the British Museum. 


The class will be taught by Nichola herself and will offer her unique blend of traditional training through drawing directly from the ancient sculptures.  She has designed this workshop for those who are eager to experience an introductory class of classical training. Through a step-by-step methodology, Nichola will provide demonstrations and exercises to help each student learn how to start a drawing, and learn how to achieve a clearer understanding of gesture, proportion, structure, light and shadow.  The day will involve learning the envelope, the stages of the block-in to a refined contour

This workshop is designed for a small group of 1-6 people , so each student receives more one-to-one tutoring time with Nichola. 

Nichola has choosen a Friday for this workshop as weekends are very busy.

This is a great workshop for those interested in drawing the figure, the horse or both.

Students in full-time education receive a 10% discount.  

Structure of the Workshop

  • 10.15 am - 10.25 am    Meet and greet in the main entrance (Great Russell St) outside the entrance to the shop
  • 10.25 am - 10.30 am    Walk to Ancient Greece room 18 
  • 10.30 am - 12.30 pm    Drawing
  • 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm      Lunch
  • 13.00 pm - 15.30pm     Drawing

Course Detail

  • 4 hours of tutoring
  • Max 6 places 
  • Students in full time education receive a 10% discount and must provide their student ID on arrival to the lesson
  • All levels of drawing experience are welcome, including the complete beginner
  • Nichola will provide one-to-one tuition to each participant during the class.
  • The programme will provide demonstrations and exercises to learn the introductory stages of a drawing; learning how to begin, proportion, structure, light and shade.
  • On receipt, you will receive the password to access the drawing handbook to prepare for the classes. The drawing handbook link is located at the bottom of every page on this website and is labelled 'Drawing Handbook'. Click on this link and then enter the password. The handbook is an instructive document that will provide information on the fundamental principles of drawing to help you prepare for class. You will also receive, a list of instructional drawing books, suggestions on how to continue with your practice and other useful information.   
  • Essential supplies are to be purchased before the class and this includes: A4 drawing pad, 2B pencil, a grey putty rubber and an enclosed sharpener. This will cost under £10.  The full list is on the Materials page and to access this page please click on the link at the bottom of every page labelled 'Drawing Materials and Suppliers'.  These lists can also be found in the drawing handbook.
  • Students wishing to try red chalk or graphite and chalk on toned paper are welcomed to the class, but must be purchased before the workshop commences. 
  • Stools will be provided and are to be returned at the end of class.  
  •  Knitting needles will be provided for measuring and are to be returned at the end of class.

Max weight for Nichola's stools is 90kg.  If you prefer to use The British Museum stools they can been found throughout the museum, but are not always available.

Please read terms and conditions for the cancellation and refund policy and remember bookings made less than three days prior the workshop commences is non-refundable.

This workshop is for adults over 18 years of age, unless a minor over 16 year old has their parent's/guardian's express consent.  Please inform Nichola if you require a parental consent form at  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

If you need to fill out a parental consent form, you will find the form at the bottom of the website labelled 'Parental Consent Form' .  Click on the link and you will be able print the page.   Once completed you can either email Nichola the form to or present the completed form on the day of the class.  If the consent form is not completed the minor will not be able to attend the class.   Nichola will only be responsible for a minor during class hours.

If you have any special requirements or have any questions please email Nichola at

You do not need a Paypal account to pay.  Please clink on the link and check out as guest to pay with debit or credit card. 

Price Per Person
  • Full day - Standard

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