Flowers in Pastels: 17th & 18th Century Masters

Subject: Painting
Dates: 5 May 2017 - 12 May 2017
Time: 10:30 to 17:30
Location: Lift Youth Hub, 45 White Lion St, London N1 9PW
Tutor: Radu Leon
Full price
£ 385
Student and pensioner concession
£ 310

There are just 2 places remaining on this course.

The course will begin exploring representations of flowers and plants in modern Western painting from the early 16th century studies by Northern European and Italian masters, when the first botanical gardens began to flourish in Europe.

Then, 17th and 18th century depictions by Dutch and Flemish masters that served as references for more elaborate flower works will be explored.

Expect to discover a quest for harmony underlying all these floral compositions as visual schemes, and geometric patterns begin to emerge.

The practical aspect of the course follows the colour and design principles of the 18th century masters and students will use pastels to produce convincing and aesthetically gratifying representations of flowers – drawn from life in the traditional manner of the 18th century masters.


5 May, Visit to the Prints and Drawings Study Room, The British Museum Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG

8-12 May, Lift Youth Hub, 45 White Lion St, London N1 9PW

Tutor biography

Radu Leon

Radu Leon lives and works in Venice, where he currently pursues a PhD in Art History and teaches drawing techniques. He is academically trained as a film director, holds a Master's Degree in Visual Arts and a BBC World Service Diploma in TV Journalism. In the late 90's, he started in-depth research into the craft of painting. His work was exhibited in London at the Royal Academy of Arts in the Private Views in favour of Marie Curie Cancer Care (2013-2016), at the Mall Galleries in the Pastel Society UK Annual Exhibition (2011), in the 'Venice in Peril' exhibitions at the W.H. Patterson Gallery (2012) and at The Osborne Studio Gallery (2015), and in the shows of the Société des Pastellistes de France (2013, 2014).

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