I now facilate regular online life drawing sessions. Full information can be found here-
Each session has a focus either on a theme or an artist/s. I have begun this journal to keep a record of themes, artists and thoughts that arise from life drawing. This is the first and it is over month ago we began.
The New ‘Thursday Night Life Drawing Group’ began on the 16th July 2020 during lockdown.
Making the decision to adapt to online sessions was not easy however with the help and expertise of our main life models Fra and Andrew it was made possible.
Our Main Life Models are Fra and Andrew. Andrew has extensive experience and is an adventurous model he has introduced himself on the webpage-
Fra, our excellent life model is also a photographer, artist, and writer. Fra’s article with regards to her experiences transmuting to online, provides a wonderful insight into the Life Drawing from a Model's perspective.
After a wonderful start to our regular Thursday Night Life Drawing Group, I am incredibly pleased to announce that these sessions will be continuing through till next year. It has been truly brilliant to meet new people and see familiar faces coming to the sessions from beginners to people who are also Art Tutors themselves. It is also very lovely to note we are international with three of our members joining in from Florida! All made possible by adapting online.
The Thursday Night Life Drawing Group is based over 2 hours with 90mins life drawing. For the first 15 minutes we ‘Meet and Greet’ and talk about the sessions ahead and the poses will we be looking at for inspiration. In these first 15 minutes I occasionally provide quick demonstrations. We then proceed to the poses; beginning with short poses gradually building up to a longer poses. The long pose is often based on a painting or a drawing by an artist we have been looking at, here are some examples-
Caravaggio's - Saint John the Baptist
Seung Ah paika - Various artworks inspired from here
Laura Knight - Self Portrait with a Nude 1913
Syliva Guillot – Everything with a twist
Tamara de Lempicka - Rhythm 1924 (link is written in French)
John Singer Sargent - Drawing of Nicola D'Inverno who lived with Sargent as a household servant and was often a Model for Sargent too for 25 years.
Following the drawing session we have a 15 mintue 'Chat and Review' where by we show our work to each other and we informally offer feedback.
Other sessions for longer poses will be taking place on weekends once a month the first of the long pose sessions will be Sunday 13th 1pm - 4.30pm. For more information click the link-
Penelope Rose Cowley, Artist, Tutor and Journalist of the Human Form.