The event was host by OCA tutor Michelle Charles in conjunction with curators from the Department of Prints and Drawings of the British Museum (BM) on 17 July 2015.
We were gathered inside the main entrance as instructed. Most of our group did not know each other and only two of us, including me, had met Michelle in previous OCA study workshop at the same BM before. However, we were friendly people and after eyeing each other a few second and decided to introduce ourselves and a nice group formed, chatting before Michelle’s arrival. We then followed Michelle to the Prints and Drawings Department. It was a secured locked area. We were told to put away our belongs in lockers but we were allowed with our cameras. We were them each briefly shared with the group what we were studying and what we aimed to get out from the workshop. Before we proceeded, BM generously supplied us with sketchbooks, handouts of the chosen works and pencils.
The chosen works had already set up on in the middle of the study room. Michelle talked about each works in turn with the group before we were let loose to do out drawings. The chosen set were from masters of different eras from Durer and Michelangelo in 16th century to Bridget Riley and Frank Auerbach in the 20th century. It was amazing seeing those works. They were not just visually appealing, they also showed us the thinking process of the artists. Isabel, the curator joined us in the latter part. She was so knowledgeable not just of the chosen pieces but arts in general. She was a virtual walking art history encyclopaedia.
Most of us had lunch together in a nearby Starbucks. We shared our drawings and personal interests with each other over lunch. I went back with Doris to see the free exhibition Bonaparte and the British Prints and propaganda in the ago of Napoleon outside the Prints Study Room.
It was a wonderful day. Some images below.