What is life drawing? What are these sessions for?
Life drawing teaches you how to see and if you do it often enough, life drawing teaches you how to draw what you can see. The spontaneous nature of a Life drawing session enables you to develop your own style of drawing.
I think it is important to regularly draw from life to maintain and improve your observation and drawing skills. Drawing from life is very different to drawing from pictures. As I like to capture the personality of my subject I like to paint from life so I can ‘get to know my subject’.
What do you need to take?
You will need something to draw with and something to draw on. If you don’t have this, tell me and I can provide it for you.
I often use a pad of cheap news print. If you use charcoal or regular pencils, you might also need a sharpener, an eraser, a brush, clips to hold paper to drawing board and something to fix your drawing if you use charcoal or pastels.
I find a sketchbook is also very useful for quicker drawings. Alternatively you can use sheets of paper for the quick poses. When I am at life drawing classes, I often use charcoal or pencils. I have seen people use the same or crayons, pastels or pen and ink.
At the beginning take whatever makes you feel comfortable. When you settle into the class, you can start to push yourself and use different materials.
Remember that I can provide you with the basics, just let me know when you make your booking.
What should I expect?
My Art Studio will have enough space for 7 people to begin with and I will make sure there is an easel, board and seat for everyone.
The people involved in a life class are:
- A model who typically is experienced and can hold a pose (but this is not always the case!)
- I will be there to facilitate the class. I have been to many classes; however, this is my first time to organize them. I will get better at this, the more I do it.
- A number of other class participants, the maximum at our sessions to begin with will be 7.
Anyone can attend my sessions and people’s experience will typically vary across a wide range from people who are complete beginners to people who have been taking life classes for years. The class format. I am running this class so people can get a chance to exercise their drawing skills. There will be no formal teaching as I am not an art teacher. Although, I am very happy to give advice and help, I am also hoping that as we get to know each other we will give/ share advice. It would be great to learn from each other.
- If you have no experience at all in life class, please introduce yourself and let me
- know early on and I can help you get started.
- I will spend short spells with individuals looking at the work, asking you about what aspects seem to you to be working well and what you think needs to improve. In my experience, suggestions for improvements are often based on a need to observe and measure more carefully.
- Classes vary as to whether people talk or not. In most of the ones I’ve attended, the tutor talks in a low voice and tries not to disturb our concentration.
Try to remember that models vary in the experience. We have to understand that theycannot hold static poses for an indefinite amount of time. Standing still is more difficult than sitting which is more difficult than lying down. Consequently, classes very often vary the length of time for poses so that people can draw across the range of possible poses. Sometimes a pose is resumed after a break. Sometimes the pose is changed. You need to listen carefully to understand which it will be.
My life sessions start with a short session of quick poses – often with the model standing. This will help you to loosen up. These poses are held for maybe 2‐3 minutes. The idea is for people to become attuned to drawing the body and for them to be able to learn how identify the marks which enable the pose to be described in a fast and economical way.
These may then be followed by poses lasting 20‐25 minutes. Models are sometimes asked to move or perform a set of repeated movements. This helps people to find a way of describing movement in their drawings and to draw movement when the subject is not a model. At the beginning, don’t worry about producing a finished piece, it is all about learning and you can’t do that without making a lot mistakes.
What you might be worried about?
- The Nudity. This is a common worry, so try not to worry – you are not alone! Once you start looking at the model and trying to draw them, you stop looking at them as a person and often forget they are nude. Treat the model as you would want to be treated in that situation. Always be polite to the model and considerate. Never assume familiarity.
- I am not very good at drawing.
I am a professional artist and I still feel insecure about my abilities. Remember that we all have to start somewhere and lots of people attending life classes are starting out. Anyone can attend my class as I believe that everyone has a unique point of view, which is great – Remember, like most things, drawing it is all about practice.
I hope you find this sheet helpful and welcome to the life sessions at my art studio!
787 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung, N.T
Tel: 9254 8803/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org