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At a recent drawing workshop with Salisbury artist Nick Beer, held in the Lecture Hall of the Museum,  volunteers found themselves both sides of the easel!


Twelve members of the public, including some volunteers, attended a challenging but highly rewarding day of portrait drawing, using a technique called ‘sight-size portraiture’.  It involved careful measurement of the features of the face, using the charcoal or a piece of string, even a plumb line if necessary, to get the shape and proportion just right.  Six models were used during the day and, as usual, when the call went out for volunteer help with this, the Museum’s wonderful group of volunteers responded.

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One of our volunteers! Newcomer Mirna Everett sat for the artists.

It wasn’t clear that sitting still for so long was quite as relaxing as we might as first think but the artists certainly enjoyed the experience of painting from life.

We hope to bring you more details of this day in our next blog.