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Art History Lecture

2B or not 2B? An Illustrated Story of Drawing

Why is Leonardo's famous cartoon in the National Gallery no joke? Why did Raphael pounce on paper? How much lead is there in a pencil? What is pitch black made from? Why do artists 'square up'? And can you spot bracelet shading, hatching or stippling?

Drawing is something most artists do. The techniques are quick and immediate. Drawing is a type of brain-storming: a way of working out ideas. But it can be also planning a composition, presenting an idea for large project to a client, or purely as a finished product in its own right.

In this talk we will discover the drawing techniques, tools and materials of the Great Masters.