Sketching from life is possibly the most difficult art form to pursue when the artist is seeking accurate realism. This is great for observational and drawing skills.
Correspondingly, of the many life subjects available to us, it’s the human body which has been the most enduring art subject historically, if not one of the hardest to visualise accurately.
There are a number of ways to develop an image of the human.
These include focusing on the shapes created by tonal effects of light and shade on the body. Another is to focus on the muscles and bone structures of the body, while there are those who like to construct a visual image of a body from geometric shapes before refining them into a realistic form.
Whatever method is preferred, we provide a monthly opportunity to draw nude models in various poses that enhance the artist’s ability to draw what is in front of them – life. We also alternate each month with male and female life models.
Each of our untutored two hour sessions of life drawing begins with five 2-minute poses in quick succession that enables the artist to practice drawing the flow of the form, thereby getting the eye and hand in sync.
Then comes two 5-minute and two 10-minute poses which allows for a little more detailed work before breaking for coffee and a chat.
Following the break, our professional life model provides two extended poses of 20 minutes each so artists can hone in on the detail of the form – the body shapes, the joints, the muscles, the way the light highlights the body giving it a three dimensional look.
Our life drawing sessions are open to beginners and accomplished artists alike, and are an important way of practicing drawing which is paramount to all paintings covering portraits, landscapes, seascapes, still life and yes, even abstracts.
The cost for each session is $20 with boards and easels supplied. Artists must provide their own paper, charcoal or other drawing mediums. Contact Ray on 0419 114 126 with any questions. Non-members are also welcome. Due to Covid-19 number restrictions you must prebook and pay in advance. Book online below.
Sessions are held on Wednesday 1:00pm – 3:00 pm on the dates below.
17 February 2021 – cancelled due to Covid-19 lock down
17 March 2021
21 April 2021
19 May 2021
16 June 2021
21 July 2021
18 August 2021
15 September 2021
27 October 2021
17 November 2021