In a groundbreaking TV event broadcast across BBC Two and BBC Four, Joe Lycett hosts the biggest ever live life drawing masterclass from English Heritage’s Wrest Park in Bedfordshire.
Experts Daphne Todd and Lachlan Goudie will guide celebrity amateur artists, including comedian Johnny Vegas, singer Kimberly Wyatt and footballer David James, through a series of poses inspired by classical works of art. A mixture of nude professional and celebrity life models, such as Olympic champion swimmer James Guy and Lucien Freud’s celebrated muse Sue Tilley will recreate stunning visuals.
Josie d’Arby will encourage viewers to pick up their pencils, draw along from home and upload their work, some of which will be given feedback live on air. BBC Four will be at the heart of the class, with ‘Pose Cam’ providing an uninterrupted view of the poses, and artist Nicky Philipps will join Josie to reveal more of the history behind the artworks.
In short films on BBC Two, artist Adebanji Alade visits Birmingham for ‘Art in the Park’, with Radio 2’s Kate Bottley and former ‘It Takes Two’ presenter Ian Waite becoming life models to inspire local people to have a go at drawing and get their creative juices flowing.
Life Drawing Live begins Sunday 12th September at 9pm on BBC Two.