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Euston Road School

A new project stars on Monday for all of our groups. It is inspired by the early David Hockney painting that was featured on the Antiques Roadshow a couple of weeks ago


The painting is clearly influenced by the teaching and art practice of the Euston Road School. When I was at secondary school we were taught to draw based on the principals of this British Art  movement of the 1930’s. One key member was William Coldstream.


f you look closely at the Hockney and Coldstream pictures you will see that drawing is evident in all aspects of the composition. So in the Still Life class we will reasonably accurately draw the set up and add colour to the composition when the drawing base is completed.

Similarly in the Painting Challenge and Painting Techniques and ideas groups you will need to bring a photo of a landscape with enough content, buildings, trees, etc to be able to progress a painting with lots of drawing content. 

The Euston Road School was a group of British realist painters active in the 1930s. Principals of the Euston Road School included a focus on direct observation, a commitment to depicting everyday life, and an emphasis on the importance of drawing and draftsmanship in art. Artists associated with the school sought to create works that were socially engaged and accessible to a broader audience.

Key members of the Euston Road School included William Coldstream, Graham Bell, and Claude Rogers. Drawing was highly important in their works, as the artists were influenced by academic traditions and believed in the fundamental role of drawing as the basis for artistic expression. They emphasised the significance of close observation, accurate representation, and meticulous draftsmanship to capture the essence of everyday life and contribute to a realist artistic movement.

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