Alternative selfies: live virtual self-portrait class
6.30 - 7.30pm
Online event
Portrait of Richard Quain and Purple cycling jersey with 'Royal College of Physicians' in white across the front
Portrait of Richard Quain and RCP 500 cycle jersey worn by Dr Andrew Goddard

RCP Museum is partnering again with London Drawing, this time on a creative self-portrait class inspired by the RCP’s portraits, prints and objects featured in current exhibition RCP Unseen.

Take a virtual trip around the RCP Unseen exhibition through drawing and creative exploration.

The session will be led by two London Drawing tutors, with demonstrations and simple guided drawing activities including explorative drawing techniques and collage - all designed to unlock your creativity whatever your skill level.

As the exercises unfold we will explore how physicians have been illustrated in the past: how they wanted people to see them, how others sometimes saw them and the objects that were important to them. We will take a sneak peek at some of these objects, the stories behind them and their significance to those who have donated them to our Museum.

We will then use some of the visual language explored in the RCP Unseen exhibition to create our own ‘alternative selfie portraits’.

To enjoy the session at home it will help to have at hand a few materials including:

  • Paper / envelopes / paper from the recycling
  • Pencils
  • Any pens / felt tips / highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Pritt stick or glue if you have it, but this is not essential
  • If you would like to, please bring an object or wear a piece of clothing that is important to you to include in your portrait.

Booking information

Standard ticket: £10 (includes booking fee)

Pre-booking is essential and places are limited.

Suitable for all levels of ability.

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About London Drawing

London Drawing is a collaboration between professional artists, tutors, directed by Anne Noble-Partridge. Combining over 20 years of teaching experience and current professional practice, London Drawing have worked with major arts institutions, galleries including Tate Modern, the British Museum, the Barbican and the Design Museum. Their bespoke workshops are hands-on, creative sessions, designed to be challenging, fun and informative- to unlock your creativity no matter what your skill level.

RCP Unseen

RCP Unseen reveals hidden and rarely seen items from the archives, library and museum collections of the Royal College of Physicians. Discover how our historical objects are being used by scientists and researchers today to learn more about disease and medical practice. Learn how a 500-year-old collection continues to grow today, and discover some of the surprising items that you would never expect a physician to own.

Visit the exhibition online