V&A Day Workshops

Due to Covid-19 all workshops in the V&A have been suspended until further notice.

Be inspired by the wonders of the V&A and learn to draw the sculptural masterpieces with Old Master techniques under expert guidance. 

 

The popular V&A day workshop offers traditional drawing lessons under the tutelage of Nichola Eddery, a classically trained, professional artist and fine art teacher. Nichola studied for number of years at renowned ateliers in Italy, France and America to learn traditional methods that originate from the Renaissance masters. She has taught for many years at a private art academy and through her own teaching company. Learn Nichola's step-by-step approach to draw the V&A's Renaissance sculpture through a half-day, full-day or a block-booking course.  

What does the V&A day Workshop Offer?​

  • Max 6 Students

  • The V&A workshops are held two Saturday's a month.  Half -day is 10.30 am - 1 pm and full day is 10.30 am - 4.30pm.

  • For adults and children of 12+ for all levels of drawing experience, including the complete beginner. Children and minors must have their parents or guardian's express consent

  • Learn the fundamental principles of drawing; line, shape, proportion, light theory, value, form modelling, edges and composition.

  • Learn Nichola's step-by-step approach to learn the vital stages of traditional drawing through drawing from V&A's Renaissance Sculpture.

  • Receive lectures, demonstrations, guidance reference, complementary handbooks and receive 1-1 guidance throughout each lesson.

  • Structured and bespoke tuition with Nichola who trained at Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence, Italy; Studio Escalier, Paris and Argenton, Loire Valley, France; L' Ecole Albert Defois, Les Cerqeux-Sous- Passvant, Loire Valley, France; Ryan Wurmser, Westlake, California, USA and JSS Civita, Civita Italy.

  • Book a half-day, or a full-day or flexible block-booking drop-in options

  • To block-book, one must start with a morning half-day and then can choose your preferred listed workshop dates and times thereafter. You can also choose a full-day using two of your half-days. Please inform Nichola no later than week before the next preferred class dates and times to reserve your spot, but you have up to three days prior your selected date to change. If you fail to attend a lesson this will be counted as an attendance.  Lessons must be used within the time allowance from your first half or full-day

For young students

  • For young students in school or college this course will also offer an opportunity to also strengthen your portfolio. 

  • Students in full-time education will receive a student 10% discount. To claim your 10% discount please enter this code at checkout: student discount 

Choose your perfect learning experience

Half-Day (Introductory morning)

  • Introduction to traditional figure drawing

  • Line, shape, proportion & perspective 

  • Envelope & block-in   

  • Drawing handbook 

 

Half-Day (afternoon for returning students)

 

  • Light theory, value & mass

  • Shadow pattern & shading techniques

  • Light theory handout

                                     

Full-day

  • Introduction to traditional figure drawing

  • Line, shape proportion & perspective        Envelope & block-in   

  • Light theory, value & mass

  • Shadow pattern & shading techniques

  • Drawing handbook       

  • Light theory handbook                               

Block Booking Course

  • Introduction to traditional figure drawing

  • Line, shape, proportion & perspective     

  • Envelope & block-in   

  • Light theory, value & mass

  • Shadow pattern & shading techniques

  • Structure, rendering form & edges

  • Personalised lessons to learn fundamentals over more time

  • Focus on the figure, the portrait or both

  • Additional exercises 

  • Assignments

  • Critiques of homework

  • Drawing handbook       

  • Light theory handbook 

  • Block booking handout