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Yes, Rubenesque

Explore Rubens-inspired life drawing in Walker Court – that’s right, with live models for you to sketch!

Peter Paul Rubens. Lot and His Daughters

Peter Paul Rubens. Lot and His Daughters, c.1613-14. Oil on canvas, unframed: 190.0 x 225.0 cm. From the collection of an anonymous charitable foundation.

Early Rubens opened to rave reviews, and we still have a few months to take in the works of the Flemish Baroque master. Along with regular in-gallery harpsichord performances and three special Rubens-inspired film screenings, the AGO is also offering you the opportunity to flex your creative muscles and discover the human form with Life Drawing in Walker Court.

Guided by our AGO artist-instructors there are classes taking place every Sunday starting in November until January. From 2-5pm you’ll enjoy learning basic drawing tips for capturing a perfect pose and expression. If you’d rather forego the instruction, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12 - 3 pm join us for a free drop-in version of the Life Drawing sessions. A model is also on site Wednesdays and Fridays 6-9 pm. All the settings and poses enacted by the live models are directly inspired by Early Rubens, highlighting the artist’s signature portrayal of the human body.

What was so special about the way Peter Paul Rubens painted people? The highly emotive and often religious-inspired imagery commonly found on his canvases places human subjects front and centre. Uniquely detailed skin tones complete with pink-hued cheeks as endless subtlety brings to life the realistic forms he was known for painting. The term Rubenesque, coined in the 19th century, refers to the elegant way his brush strokes highlighted the beauty of full-figured women. It is now used to describe similar portrayals in the work of others.

Sign up today and visit Early Rubens before class starts to immerse yourself in the world of Flemish Baroque. With affordable member and public rates, Life Drawing is perfect whether you’re a beginner or experienced artist. And there’s no need to bring any materials, as everything you need to put pencil to paper will be provided for you – not to mention you get a chance to meet some fellow aspiring artists and spend time in the beautiful Walker Court.

Guided life drawing takes place on Sundays from 2-5pm starting November 3 in Walker Court, while free pop-up sessions are every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 12-3 pm and Wednesdays and Fridays from 6-9 pm.    

If you are interested in a more in-depth art experience check out our Adult Courses and Workshops or Courses for Children and Youth.

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