The BBC are holding the UK’s largest ever live, life drawing masterclass, with comedian Joe Lycett set to present the televised show, Life Drawing Live!.
Following the success of the programmes in 2020, with 30,000 viewers sending in their artworks from home, this new two-hour special will be broadcast live across BBC Two and BBC Four from English Heritage’s Wrest Park in Bedfordshire.
Life models will disrobe and assume poses inspired by great works of art for the amateur artists on set, and those at home, to draw.
The two channel broadcast will allow viewers to either spectate or participate. BBC Two will follow the amateur artists creating their works with expert guidance, and see artist Adebanji Alade inspire people to pick up their pencils in a series of short films.
For those who fancy drawing along at home, Josie d’Arby will present from the heart of the class for BBC Four, with the “Pose Cam” giving a fixed-camera view of each model’s pose. D’Arby will also assess and select the works submitted by those drawing from home, some of which will be analysed by artists Daphne Todd and Lachlan Goudie.
Also for BBC Four, artist Nicky Phillips will uncover the history behind the artworks that inspired the poses.
Lycett said: “Like many people I found great solace from making art during lockdown and am really excited to help get the nation creative through learning about life drawing. Any nudity is just an added bonus!”
Life Drawing Live! will air on BBC Two and BBC Four in September 2021.