Masterclass: Life Drawing with Michael Sandle

For artist Michael Sandle, the biggest challenge he faces when teaching Life Drawing is that ‘most people don’t understand what they are looking at.’

Warning: Contains nudity

Tate invited five well-known artists to teach a Life Drawing Masterclass, from their own unique perspective.  In this film Michael Sandle explores precise observation with his students, asking them to cast aside expression, feeling and movement, while focusing purely on ‘what’s there in front of them.’

The classes are from the  ‘Reimagining the Line’ course at Tate Modern,  part of an on-going Tate research project about  the impact of art education on artistic production.  Classes in the series were led by Michael Sandle, Derek Boshier, Eileen Hogan, Bill Woodrow, and Christopher Le Brun.


Masterclass: Life Drawing with Eileen Hogan

Tate invited five well-known artists to teach a Life Drawing Masterclass, from their own unique perspective

In both her teaching and her painting, Eileen Hogan considers the way that stories underlie how we see. Since her extensive training at Camberwell School of Art, the Royal Academy, and the Royal College of Art, she has explored the complicated intersection of practice and pedagogy. While exhibiting widely, she also holds a Research Professorship at the University of the Arts.

Warning: Contains nudity     

Masterclass: Life Drawing with Bill Woodrow

Bill Woodrow has dedicated the past four decades to rethinking themes of intersections and transformations. His work has examined the uneasy relationships between humans and the natural world, as well as the destabilized balance of history and contemporary events. Since his student days at St Martin’s School of Art and his first show in 1972 at the Whitechapel Gallery, Woodrow has exhibited in solo shows around the world.

Warning: Contains nudity

Masterclass: Life Drawing with Derek Boshier

Tate invited five well-known artists to teach a Life Drawing Masterclass, from their own unique perspective

Most readily known for his Pop art, painter Derek Boshier has worked in many media, and continues practice as primarily a narrative figurative painter. Now living in Los Angeles, Boshier experienced the rigour of training on the National Diploma in Design, and then as a graduate student at RCA. Boshier has exhibited his work—as well as taught extensively in art schools–all over the world.

Warning: Contains nudity

Masterclass: Life Drawing with Christopher Le Brun

Tate invited five well-known artists to teach a Life Drawing Masterclass, from their own unique perspective

Christopher Le Brun is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker. A graduate of the Slade and Chelsea Schools of art, his work makes patent his strong attachment to the imagery and emotional address of Romanticism and Symbolism. A founding trustee of the Prince’s Drawing School, in 2000 he became the Royal Academy’s Professor of Drawing, and in December 2011 was elected its 26th President.

Warning: Contains nudity

Tate invited five well-known artists to teach a Life Drawing Masterclass, from their own unique perspective. Watch all five videos here