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4 people are looking at a portrait by Holbein on the wall of a gallery. One person has a magnifying glass to look more closely.

Drawing with Holbein at the King’s Gallery, Feb-Mar 2024

Posted: 2nd July 2024

Arts for Dementia and The Royal Collection worked together again during the King’s Gallery’s Hans Holbein exhibition in February 2024. We delivered a 6-week exhibition tour and drawing workshop at The King’s Gallery.

During the sessions Catherine, one of the gallery’s fantastic guides, took our participants through the exhibition, where they focussed on a different theme, drawing or painting each week. After the tour each week, we moved to the workshop space and, taking inspiration from the sketches, drawings and paintings in the gallery, participants created their own Holbein-inspired artworks. They experimented with a variety of materials from charcoal, chalk and graphite, trying Holbein’s techniques such as pinhole outlines to capture a face, selecting a background to suit the sitter, and experimenting with how to represent the luxurious feel of fabrics.

One of our participants wrote to say: β€œThanks so much for yesterday, Mum and I really enjoyed the session and learnt so much! It was real quality time with Mum in a social setting that she felt happy in. How lucky to have the whole place to our own, incredible.Β  It really was the biggest tonic for us, I am so grateful to you all for Mum being invited to these sessions. Its so positive in dementia world that can be so challenging.Β Great to meet you all too, nothing but admiration.”

A man and a woman are talking at a table covered with drawing equipment and mugs of tea 4 hands, all holding a feather quill, are drawing on the same long piece of paper
Written by Penny Fosten

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