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Virtual Drop-By Drawing

Victorian artists will teach you how to draw — and help you take inspiration from the NGV's collection.
By Sarah Ward
April 04, 2020
By Sarah Ward
April 04, 2020

You've binge-watched everything in your streaming queue, made your fair share of jigsaw puzzles, played plenty of board games and worked out a regular exercise regime. Now, as part of your new stay-at-home routine, you've decided to learn a new skill. That's understandable — who doesn't want to emerge from this current drastic change to our lives with not only their health, but a few nifty new tricks up their sleeves?

If getting arty has always been on your to-do list, the National Gallery of Victoria's Virtual Drop-By Drawing sessions are here to help. They usually take place in person; however, in the current circumstances, the NGV is moving them online. Budding creatives just need to tune into the NGV Channel, watch video tutorials hosted by Victorian artists and take inspiration from the gallery's collection in the process — with a pencil and piece of paper in your hands, of course.

Lily Mae Martin takes viewers into the NGV's 19th-century European paintings gallery — and spends plenty of time marvelling at the life-size marble sculpture Musidora, 1878 by Marshall Wood, while Minna Gilligan focuses on two standouts in the NGV's 20th-century galleries, with Andy Warhol's Self-portrait no. 9 (c.1986) and David Hockney's The second marriage in the spotlight. And Kenny Pittock will take you through sketching fruit and vegetables in your kitchen, using Édouard Manet's The melon.

The NGV's Virtual Drop-By Drawing sessions are all available on the NGV Channel to watch.

Images: Virtual Drop-by Drawing class with Kenny Pittock, Lily Mae Martin and  Minna Gilligan at NGV, 2020.Image courtesy of NGV.

Updated April 29, 2020.

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