V&A Plein Air in February, ’17

Six of us met up in the V&A Café on the morning of the 7th February for the first plein air day of the year. The museum has a wealth of opportunities for drawing and the great advantage at this time of year is that one doesn’t need to face the cold and wet. The museum positively encourages drawing the exhibits by providing stools scattered around, though you have to make sure you lay your hands on one early in the day as they can be much in demand if there is a drawing class going on. They don’t like you using wet materials so this was strictly a drawing day.

We headed off to various parts of the museum, with sculpture and architecture being popular subjects. The range of sculpture is huge – from Greco-Roman to twentieth century, as well as oriental, Indian and Islamic so you are spoilt for choice. The new Sculpture Gallery in the front of the museum has some particularly stunning examples of muscular men committing all sorts of mayhem, making for some very interesting figure drawing. As someone said, it’s a wonderful opportunity for doing some life drawing with the model completely stationary for as long as you want. The Drawing Gallery on the first floor also has some masterworks for inspiration and copying.

The architecture attracted some of us. The entrance hall to the museum is particularly striking and the view of the courtyard façade was also a great subject, with the morning sun showing it at its best.

We met over lunch in the café to have a look at the mornings work and some of us then headed back into the galleries for some more drawing. It was a great opportunity to tune up the drawing skills in preparation for the rest of the year.

   by Juggy Pandit

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