Life drawing is a passion of mine. It’s like meditation: the discipline of drawing coupled with the silence of concentration, in a room that’s curtained off from the outside world. Many people say it’s too hard: others even find it confronting. But once you start, you’ll wonder why you never thought of doing it before. It will tell you so much about yourself and about human bodies, so that our society’s crazy obsession with body image will appear as preposterous as trying to put apes on a diet or squeeze them into corsets. And as we are apes, that idea is not so crazy after all.
I occasionally run Life Drawing classes at Pepper St Arts Centre on Tuesday afternoons, to give people the confidence to be able to attend regular life drawing sessions. I set a series of exercises designed to relax and free up the ‘right brain’, using the same methods that I employ in the Drawing for the Terrified classes that I run at Pepper St and elsewhere. The next course will focus on human anatomy – studying the skeleton and muscles, and will run from March 6 to April 10.
I run a regular weekly life drawing session at Norton Summit Community Centre on Thursdays from 10am – 12.30pm. Contact me using the form below for more details.
I also run a fortnightly life drawing group at Port Noarlunga Arts Centre on alternate Monday evenings from 7.00 to 8.30, starting on Feb 13. It costs just $12 and includes coffee or tea. On the alternate Monday we meet for portraits. I give help to beginners when and if they ask for it, and occasionally run extra classes for beginners according to demand. Please contact me here or via the Meetup group if you’re interested.