Saturday Art Studio: A Passion for Drawing with Leighton House

18 & 25 September 2021

Join Leighton House for their first two virtual workshops in their new Saturday Art Studio programme and learn how to translate what you see around you into beautiful art drawings. Led by London Fine Art Studios, these workshops offer a supportive learning environment in which you can learn new skills and techniques, while enjoying the well-being benefits of exploring your own creativity. All experience levels welcome and encouraged.

Join online for the full workshop series (with a discount available if you wish to book both workshops) or take your pick of the individual sessions (£20 pp per workshop). *Please note, sales will end for each workshop the day before at 7.00pm (BST).


SESSION 1: SATURDAY 18 SEPTEMBER, 10.00am–12.00noon (BST)


In this workshop we take inspiration from Frederic, Lord Leighton’s exquisite drawings of trees and foliage. His landscape oil sketches are very fresh and direct, working in a different technique to his large compositional figure paintings. His landscape drawings are more in-depth studies of trees and foliage and would most likely have been done en plein air, generally using pencil. The drawings are seemingly technically simple, using just pencil on paper, but they display a great depth of observational skill. Leighton’s purpose was the study and analysis of the rhythm and shapes of trees and plants, and to delight in the natural world. We will work together to understand the various ways we can use a pencil to translate nature.


SESSION 2: SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER, 10.00am–12.00noon (BST)


In this workshop, we will work from Frederic, Lord Leighton’s drapery studies and figure drawings using toned paper, charcoal, pencil and chalk. Rather than work from the life model, we will take inspiration from these rarely seen studies in the Leighton House collection. We will explore how we can use the tone of the paper and how to build up light and the dark to create form. Leighton used drapery studies as he worked towards the creation of his larger paintings, so we will also examine how to translate drawings into larger works.



London Fine Art Studios is an art school specialising in teaching the craft of drawing and painting, always working from life.  We teach the core principles of proportion, gesture, value and colour to a unique community of students and professional artists.  Our aim is to give our students a solid foundation so that they can have the freedom and confidence to develop their own style.

Both workshops are led by the Founder of London Fine Art Studios, Ann Witheridge.

Ann studied art history at Christ’s College, Cambridge before moving to Italy to study art full-time. She is an expert tutor with over 20 years’ experience, teaching in the atelier tradition where artists and students work and learn alongside one another.



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