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For centuries, artists have attempted to understand the bond between our physical forms and how we choose to represent the human figure. Some of the very first artworks were representations of the human figure, created as a form of story telling and self-portrait. Today, our perception of the world has grown increasingly digital and two dimensional. In collaboration with the exhibition Shaping the Human Body: Florentine Sculpture of the Italian Renaissance, this life figure drawing workshop will introduce the basic elements of shapes and volume, and will initiate a re-thinking of three-dimensional interpretations of the human figure. Participants will draw from the selected sculptures on display.

Date Day
09.06.2018 Saturday
30.06.2018 Saturday
21.07.2018 Saturday
29.07.2018 Sunday

Language: English

Time: 15:00 – 17:00

Venue: Drake Gallery, 1/F Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU

Audience and Limit: Adult aged 18 or above, maximum 15 people per class

Registration & Enquiries:

Registration starts from April 24, 2018. Course fee is HK$100 per participant. For enquiries, please contact Ms Chelsea Choi: cchelsea@hku.hk / 2241 5509.


Philippe Charmes - Born in Paris, Philippe Charmes graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg in France. He now lives and works in Hong Kong. For over twenty years he has worked as a draftsman, painter, sculptor and performer. His major source of inspiration has been the intimate relationships between human beings, which he details through the structure and interaction of human forms and society. Drawing has been his work's primary axis, through which he reflects his observations, thoughts and philosophical ideas about his varied subjects.

Please click here for the application form.


Images: (From left to right) St. John, Donatello, Italy, 15 century, polychrome terracotta, 80 x 30 x 16 cm 

Previous works of Philippe Charmes

Dovizia (detail), Giovanni Della Robbia, Italy, 15 century, glazed terracotta, 82 x 24 x 23 cm

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