LIFE DRAWING IN BAKEWELL IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEs Friends Meeting House, Church Lane, BAKEWELL, DE45 1EL
Wednesdays 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Contact Angus Stokes if you wish to be added to his private mail list for these life drawing classes
Mobile: 07831 717773
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WHAT HAPPENS AT A LIFE DRAWING CLASS?
We usually start with quick drawings where the model poses for 5 minutes and you try to get as much of the pose as you can. The quick drawings 'get your eye in' and connects your eyes to your drawing hand. This loosens your drawing so that your drawings of longer poses are more free and well proportioned. It doesn't matter if beginners start with match stick figures, making simple marks on the paper is a good way of making immediate progress.
After the short poses we tackle a pose with more time to achieve a finished drawing. This is usually about 90 minutes. More observation gives time for a detailed drawing or painting. I tend to circle round the class and give assistance where required or requested during the long poses.
Any medium can be used. Most artists start with charcoal or pencil. Cheap paper is ideal for this exercise - sugar paper, wall lining paper, cartridge. I have boards , clips to borrow and free cartridge paper., charcoal and erasers
When the model takes a rest, usually every 20 minutes, most artists stand back and view their efforts from a distance. This makes it easier to see where proportions of the drawing need to be changed. This is also a chance to view the work of other students' work. Artists are a friendly bunch and always willing to give helpful tips or receive comment on their own efforts.
We have a break for tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat.
After the break we often resume with three 20 minute poses. You take home six or seven drawings after an afternoon life class
Life drawing and painting is an academic exercise that has been taught in art schools throughout the centuries. Our classes are more informal than this one from 1930!
An all day class has several large life paintings in progress in oils, acrylics and watercolours.
Life drawing is a very good way of teaching the craft of drawing and painting . It is quite difficult to do at first but I know that once you can draw a body you will find it very easy to draw anything else. Definitely a good way for you to start seeing and observing for everything is within the human body that needs to be learnt for other drawing and painting skills. You learn and improve your skills with line, proportion, mass, volume, perspective, tone and colour By looking at colour and seeing subtle colour on the body will enable the student (you) to see more colour in the landscape and environment and thus increase a colour awareness and give more pleasure and appreciation to every day life.
All the different mediums can be used in life drawing
Pencil drawing where the use of the different weights of line can be employed different shading and blending techniques. How the rubber can be used to make marks and used as a tool rather than as an eraser.
Charcoal sticks - again how to get different weight of line and how this medium can be used for blocking in tone or making different textural marks.
Graphite, pen and ink, brush and ink, stick and ink, conté crayons, pastels, oil pastels, collage, all the different types of paints, the list could go on and on .... use whatever medium you choose.
Enjoy your art!