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Introduction to Portraiture | A Philip Naviasky Inspired Workshop

Dive into the world of portraiture with our captivating workshop inspired by the renowned Leeds based artist Philip Naviasky!

Join us for an immersive introduction to portraiture, where you'll draw inspiration from Naviasky's mesmerizing artworks showcased throughout our amazing building. Under the guidance of the amazing Jemima, a local artist based at Assembly House, you'll learn essential techniques and tips to bring your portrait to life.

Whether you're a seasoned artist or a beginner exploring your creative side, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to hone your skills and unleash your artistic potential. From capturing expressions to mastering shading, composition and colour, you'll delve into the nuances of portraiture in a supportive and inspiring environment.

You are welcome to come and view the Philip Naviasky Exhibition during your workshop, the exhibition will run throughout 23rd May till the 31st May. With the launch event on Wednesday the 22nd May (6pm-late)

Philip Naviasky was a portrait and landscape artist working mainly in watercolour and oils, from Leeds and of Polish extraction. He studied at Leeds School of Art and then at 18 became a student of painting at the Royal Academy Schools and is said to have been the youngest ever student admitted. He also gained a Royal Exhibition award from the Board of Education for three years of education at the Royal College of Art.

Returning to Leeds after the First World War and teaching at Leeds College of Art, he focussed both on portraiture and landscape painting, exhibiting up to the Second World War. Naviasky's subjects were mainly women and girls, some from his travels in Spain, the south of France and Morocco, whilst he also painted figures from within his Jewish heritage in Leeds, as well as portraits of politicians Ramsay Macdonald and Philip Snowden and the industrialist Lord Nuffield.

This exhibition will feature works from a number of private collections of Naviasky's work which are rarely available for public viewing; alongside the exhibition there will be talks and workshops designed to explore the art of portrait and landscape painting.

All materials for the workshop will be provided. Our Cafe Bar will be open throughout the evening for refreshments and light snacks. We will also have a PAYF option available for anyone looking for a spot of dinner!

** tickets are non-refundable**

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