Interacting with the creative legacy of Western art and culture empowers individuals and brings meaning and value into modern life. My heartfelt belief that connecting to traditional Western heritage illuminates creative paths leading to autonomy and meaning is the beating heart of The Renaissance Workshop. The purpose of this initiative is to widen participation in the traditional Western arts and culture in order to channel the wonder and magic of its legacy into modern society so that we have an authentic, ongoing connection to our past.
I combine my background in History and Philosophy having studied at King’s College London with my lifelong commitment to art and especially drawing. I found the only thing to illuminate a path to a meaningful life was art as a teenager and rapidly developed a profound sense of the importance of history.
The Renaissance Workshop is an arts and humanities initiative aimed at widening interaction with traditional Western Art and culture. It began with weekly life drawing classes in the tradition of the workshop practice of the artists of Renaissance Florence. Inspired by history and with the belief that revisiting historical modes of practice can be empowering and transformative, the life drawing classes accompanied creative workshops in London Galleries and Museums with the first taking place at the National Gallery. My classes, online courses, and workshops bring together the history and development of Western art and philosophy to promote an authentic connection to our cultural DNA. The Renaissance workshop is here to open to doors of the past for anyone, to channel the insight and creativity of the great artists of the past into modern life and society.