The Royal Scottish Academy: Ages of Wonder, The Life School on Tour

Friday 26 January to Sunday 15 July 2018

Royal Scottish Academy: Ages of Wonder - Beth L Fisher, Burial II

Since it was established in 1826, the support and nurture of Scottish artistic talent has been at the core of the Royal Scottish Academy's identity and collections. Between 1840 and 1932 the Academy operated a Life School and at its foundation was the teaching of figurative and anatomical drawing, and drawing from live models. Students were also encouraged to study Old Master paintings and sculpture and make copies, thereby learning through practice.  Many of Scotland's famous artists passed through its doors as students and the collections contain outstanding figurative paintings by Samuel John Peploe, Robert Brough, George Ogilvy Reid and James Lawton Wingate, amongst many others.

Ages of Wonderis the largest collections exhibition that the Royal Scottish Academy has ever mounted and The Life Schoolis one of its key exhibits.  Beginning a nationwide tour at Linlithgow Burgh Halls, The Life School offers a unique opportunity to see the figurative work of Scotland's best artists of the past and present. Free Entry

Image: Beth L Fisher RSA (b.1944), Burial II, conté and charcoal on paper, 2006, Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture (Diploma Collection) 


Gallery Tour 

Join us for a group tour of the exhibition, led by artist George Donald RSA RSW.  Hear about the genesis of the Ages of Wonder exhibition and the drawings produced throughout the show by emerging artists.  George will also talk about the practice of life drawing and demonstrate the techniques used to draw the head, the hand or the eye. 

George Donald is a painter, printmaker and lecturer in studio arts.  Born in South India he studied at ECA and was awarded a travelling scholarship to India, Afghanistan and Nepal.  He taught for many years within the D&P School of ECA and is currently adjunct professor in the Art Dept. University of Central Florida.

  • Thursday 22 March
  • 6.30-7.30pm . Age 14+
  • Tickets £5 per person, includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Booking essential, limited places.


For more information and booking T 01506 777666