PEP was delighted to be invited to an art session at the Queens Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse along with 10 of our members who attended this special event.
Upon arrival, PEP’s mini bus was ushered into the palace grounds before being welcomed by Neepa and Jenny from the Royal Collect Trust. The group was escorted into The Queens Gallery for a special viewing and talk about some of the pictures on display in the ‘Masters of the Everyday - Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer’.
Illustrator Emily talked expertly on 3 of the beautiful paintings from the collection. It was interesting and fun learning about the paintings and discussing what we all thought was going on in them!
After the talk; we went to the outreach room where a class was set up for us to try our hand at still life drawing with watercolour pencils. Emily was imaginative with our tasks and each person was challenged to draw normally, then with the alternate hand and then with 3 pencils at once! This produced some fabulous pictures… which are now on display at PEP over the summer programme.
Neepa had also arranged us space and discount at the palace café. ! This gave us the opportunity to discuss what we had seen and relax with a cup of coffee. We were also given tickets allowing us back into the gallery for the rest of the day, an opportunity that some of the group eagerly took up!
This was a very different and very exciting trip. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we would like to thank the staff at the Royal Collections Trust and The Queens Gallery for their hospitality and the chance to see the Queens collection!