Advanced Level Art and Design students at King George V College had the opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed artist Jeanette Barnes today, during a life drawing workshop that stretched and challenged students’ perception of drawing.
Jeanette Barnes, winner of the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize and Royal Academy tutor, said, “This is the second year I have come to KGV to deliver a workshop. It’s always a pleasure visiting the College as the staff and students are very welcoming.”

“It was great to see, as the workshop went on, how the students became more comfortable with their drawing, interpreting it for themselves and producing their own ideas.”

Suzanne Knowles, Art and Design Course Leader at KGV, said “We are once again delighted to welcome tutors from the Royal Academy of Arts to KGV.”

“Students viewed the work of Jeanette Barnes on a recent London Gallery tour so it has been a fantastic opportunity for them to actually meet and work alongside her today.”

“The workshop allows students to try a range of drawing and painting styles, and examine the figure, movement, invention and identity in art.”

“Students drew with the advantage of a life model, many for the first time, and were given the opportunity to expand their creative skills.”

The workshop was made possible thanks to a generous award from The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS), a leading arts charity that works to advance decorative and fine arts education and appreciation.

Suzanne said, “NADFAS has been extremely supportive of arts at KGV College and their investment has enabled KGV students to expand their artistic capabilities by learning from some of the best professionals in the industry.”

“Their contribution to this workshop is extremely valuable to the development of our young, aspiring artists.”

This type of experience has facilitated achievement of 100% high grades in KGV Art and Design based subjects, encouraging students to go on and study Art at a higher level or go straight into the creative industries after leaving KGV.


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