Every Saturday it's drawing day in the Rijksmuseum. We'll give you a sketch book and a pencil. Do the assignments at drawing places throughout the museum.
Asian Pavilion, Temple Guardians, Room A2
This work is about power. Pick out a detail of one of the statues (hand, face, foot, leg, shoulder). Draw the detail, making the power it exudes clearly visible (you don’t have to press down hard on your pencil to do this).
Middle Ages & Renaissance, Ten Weepers from the Tomb of Isabella of Bourbon, Room 0.4
Each of these men and women assume an entirely individual pose. They are made of smooth bronze, and have no additional colour. This allows their silhouette to show up well. Pick out a statue. Draw it in one single line, without lifting your pencil from the paper.
Special Collections, ship models, Room 0.13
The way a ship is put together is more complicated than you might imagine. Pick out a ship in this gallery that you think is interesting or beautiful. Make a drawing of it. Automatically you will begin to see much more, and will marvel at how such a ship was actually constructed.
Technique: a different angle
18th century, Room From an Amsterdam Canal House, Room 1.6
Lie on your back and look up at the ceiling. The ceiling decorations are done in the ‘Auricular’ style, which takes its name from the fleshy forms of ear lobes. Copy a section of this decoration, and remain lying down while you are drawing. This way you will see things differently than you do when you are standing.
19the century, The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat in Amsterdam, Room 1.18
Breitner painted movement. Everything is vague, out of focus. But you can still recognize the fur and the delicate lace. Copy the woman, and try to draw her, loosely holding the pencil at an angle.
Technique: light and dark
17the century, Night Watch Gallery
Rembrandt divided the painting into areas of light and dark. Squint your eyes and look at it. You can clearly see the light passages. Copy the painting, only draw it in light and dark planes.
Technique: subtle nuances
20th century, Eight Stacked Beams, Room 3.4
This sculpture consists of many shades of brown. Look closely at all these different tints. Walk around it, and the shadow changes. Copy the sculpture, and see how many different shades of brown you can draw with your pencil. Vary the pressure you put on it, harder and lighter. Try it out.
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