EVERY so often I come across some ideas or inspirations to help you in the art world – my virtual art class for enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys an afternoon sketching or being arty. Here they are.

When stuck for inspiration and ideas I normally head off to a gallery armed with pad and pencils where I can finds ideas and inspiration in abundance. In summer these can become quite crowded but you can still find quiet spots if you know where to look:

  • the V & A – it’s so big that I can always find a quiet corner.
  • the Wallace Collection – an oasis of beauty in the centre of London
  • the Courtauld – a cracking collection that’s all you need to know
  • the Tate Britain – the place to go if you are a Turner and Victorian lover of art
  • the Tate Modern the clues in the title
  • the National Gallery – only for the brave in the summer, best to go first thing in the morning.

Most of these galleries offer sketching stools and have a pencil-only rule.

Most galleries also have a late night opening if you want to go after work. If you want to combine your sketching with a bit of social life then there plenty of sketching groups and clubs. The ‘Meet up‘ group is a good place to start.