Masterclasses & Workshops

14 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2020
Fee Application Deadline
€200 October 4, 2020
Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications for this workshop.

This two-day masterclass will involve approaches to life drawing and will train your powers of observation and allow you to see ways to develop your own style and take your drawing to a new level. The workshop will be led by David Hedderman and Yuka Tanaka who have worked intensely and side by side for the last 3 years. They were drawn together by their excitement of life drawing and its possibilities beyond the traditional sense of the practice. Exploring themes such as movement, layering and using life drawing as a form of self-reflection and development. Since then they have collaborated on numerous workshops together in Berlin, Dublin and West Cork.

For the last month, Yuka has been involved with both sides of many online drawing sessions, as a model and a drawer. She will be sharing her knowledge and skills to bring the best out of this new format of drawing. Using its limitations as a tool rather than a disadvantage. This workshop will take place online from David’s studio in Berlin.

The first day will start with a virtual tour of the studio, where he will show some of his recent drawings and talk about his practice. In particular, he will examine the role drawing has played in creative breakthroughs within his own journey. He will share insights on how to incorporate the expressivity of materials, how to make room for the improvised and experimental and how to discover and develop a vocabulary of mark making. The aim of this workshop is to show how a life drawing practice can be used as a kind of ‘visual gym’, giving the participants a structure that helps get the most out of this exercise of the drawing muscle.

There will be opportunities for individual tutoring and equally important for accelerated learning, for group review, a process of looking consciously and objectively at what you’ve achieved and then deciding what direction you want your work to take and, crucially, asking the question: what counts as a finished work?

A musician and artist, David works with carefully constructed musical playlists designed to accompany a 2 hour class that he has developed over last few years. The timings, sequencing and emotional tenor of this class will be the anchor of the workshops on both days. The second day will concentrate on building up to longer poses and will address the idea of working towards a body of work.

David Hedderman is an Irish artist living and working in Berlin. He set up his life drawing studio, Atelier3/4, there in 2012 and has been teaching regular classes since. David has also maintained a strong connection to Ireland, regularly exhibiting in the RHA Annual Exhibition where he was awarded the Hennessy Craig Scholarship in 2015. David was commissioned to write a book on the subject of life drawing, Draw, Ammonite Press, 2017. His first major solo show in Dublin was of drawings that, tracing the model’s movement on the page and through overlaying poses, create complex, overlapping spaces and form of non-narrative but descriptive ‘score’ out of the life drawing setting, Shaking Still, Hang Tough Gallery, November 2018.

Yuka Tanaka is a Berlin based life model/artist. Yuka started her modelling career in Tokyo 2012, during her final bachelor year studying performing arts at Tama art university. Through life modelling she deepened her understanding of fine arts, which sparked her ongoing life work of self-portraiture. Yuka moved to London in 2015, she also works with fashion photographers for brands and magazines. Clients and publications include Jil Sander, Pop magazine, Numéro or Document. In 2017, Yuka moved to Berlin and started to work with David for his life drawing classes.

Required for application:

A short CV (PDF documents only. Maximum file size 500K)

Up to three low resolution images of your work. Preferably recent representational works (JPG format only. Maximum file size 500K)

Please note that places on these courses are limited.


As part of the RHA School Access Programme, two free places on RHA School workshops, courses, life-drawing sessions and masterclasses will be offered. One to an artist currently enrolled at any of the third level art colleges in Ireland. The second free place will be offered to an artist of merit at any stage of their career. This additional free place has been made available through the generosity of an anonymous donor. The total number of free Access places available will be announced with each course, workshop or masterclass. Artists and art students who wish to be considered for these places should include a CV, three images of current practice and a cover letter providing a short statement indicating how they would benefit from attending any of the RHA School activities as part of their online application.

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