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Life Drawing Workshop

  • Free
  • Workshop
  • Youth event
  • Relaxed
A life drawing workshop showing a young person sketching a pen drawing of figures who can be seen posing in the background.
Youth Programme Life Drawing. Photo: Kathleen Arundell. Source: Wellcome Collection. © All rights reserved.

What you’ll do

Inspired by our ‘Cult of Beauty’ exhibition, this workshop will consider different aspects of how we have interpreted beauty in the past, and how we relate to it now.  

You’ll start with a visit to the exhibition to get inspiration and then you’ll return to the studio where artist Jess Au will facilitate different activities. You’ll have the chance to do some drawing from life in different mediums, with models from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. The models will wear a variety of clothing that shows and enhances their bodies.

All art materials will be provided, and there will be regular breaks throughout the workshop, with a longer break for lunch. Lunch is not included, but we will be providing snacks and drinks. 

This is a relaxed event with a chill-out space with ear defenders and fidget toys available. 

This event is designed for 14- to 19-year-olds and disabled young people aged 14–25 years. We may ask your age at the venue to make sure you’re the right age for our youth programme events.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Studio on level 1. When you enter Wellcome Collection, head up the stairs or take the lift, then follow the signs.

Place not guaranteed

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee you a place. You should aim to arrive 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to claim your place. If you do not arrive on time, your place may be given to someone on the waiting list.


This is a relaxed event, which means that if you need to, you are welcome to move around and make noise at any time.

For more information, please visit our Accessibility page. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 0 2 0. 7 6 1 1. 2 2 2 2

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About your facilitator

Jessica Au

Jessica is co-founder of 2B Or Not 2B Collective, an art collective run by people of colour and based in London, with monthly workshops and classes both in person and online. The collective focuses its work on raising diversity within the arts industry, and bringing different communities together through creative activities. They have worked with a number of institutions and companies, including the National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Universal Music, Tate Modern, Lululemon, and the British Red Cross.