Inspired by the Masters: Metalpoint

Subject: Drawing
Dates: 30 March 2020 - 2 April 2020
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: Windsor Castle & The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Radu Leon
Full price
£ 350

The technique of metalpoint involves drawing with a metal stylus, usually of silver, on paper prepared with a slightly abrasive coating (often coloured). During the fifteenth century metalpoint was one of the few drawing techniques available to artists, and a standard aspect of every young artist’s training. Some of the most beautiful drawings of the Renaissance, by artists such as Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci, were executed in this technique.

The technique largely fell out of use in the sixteenth century, though it was revived in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by a handful of artists who appreciated its delicacy and control.

This workshop will focus on masterpieces of metalpoint drawing from the Italian Renaissance, while looking at a few examples from northern Europe and the modern revival of the technique.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What should I bring to class?

Ceramic or plastic palette with wells. Sable pointed brushes, 1 of each size: 000, 0 and 1.

Students may find it useful to bring a notebook and camera for note-taking.

Health and safety

Masks will be provided for students for sanding and preparation of paper for drawing.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Thursday

Where will this course take place?

Date Location
Mon 30 March Windsor Castle*
Tues 31 March School of Traditional Arts, London
Wed 1 April School of Traditional Arts, London
Thurs 2 April School of Traditional Arts, London

*The first day of this course will take place at Windsor Castle. A high level of security is in place at Royal residences. Please expect airport style security at the castle.Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated. 

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

You can view our policy here.

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course.

By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions.

All images Royal Collection Trust / copyright Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2012

In partnership with Royal Collection Trust

Tutor biography

Radu Leon

Radu Leon, PhD, earned his doctorate in History of Art in Venice in 2018. He teaches and lectures internationally in early modern and modern Western European art and the history of art education, with a focus on making. His works were exhibited in the Pastel Society UK and French Pastel Society shows, as well as The Osborne Studio Gallery. He supports the Marie Curie Cancer Care Private Views of the Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts.

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