• With Kate Measham
  • 16th November, 10.00-12.00am
  • £45 for next few classes from the Southampton City Art Gallery Collections
  • This class will be via Zoom. You will be sent information about Zoom when you book your place for the lesson, and a link on the morning of the class.
  • A video will be available after the class. If you are unable to be with us on the day you may purchase access to the video for £15.

LAURENCE STEPHEN LOWRY (1887-1976) -The Canal Bridge

Lowry had a difficult childhood, one of his few pleasures being drawing. For much of his life he worked as a rent collector and had to study art in his spare time. In 1909 his family moved to Pendlebury an industrial district of Manchester. Initially he hated it but then became obsessed by it and found the subject matter for which he would become famous.

Like most of Lowry’s industrial scenes The Canal Bridge is a composite made up of elements he had sketched, seen or imagined and is populated by his celebrated ‘matchstick’ people. With its white background and limited palette made from just five colours this painting could not be by any other artist.

What to expect in this in this class and Materials

You will be looking at perspective and a compiled picture


  • Please print out the photo
  • 5B pencil and cartridge paper and drawing equipment
  • oil, pastels or acrylic (whatever media you are happiest using). Kate will work in pencil for the drawings, then in oil paints throughout the sketches and final picture.

Southampton City Art Gallery holds one of the finest collections of art in the south of England and holds ‘Designated’ status, awarded by Arts Council England. Currently comprising over 5,000 works and spanning eight centuries, the collection is an outstanding educational resource that can trace the history of European art from the Renaissance to the present.

Lowry, Laurence Stephen; The Canal Bridge; Southampton City Art Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/the-canal-bridge-17822