This has to be the best time of year for deciding to do something new. Certainly we see people turning up for Life Drawing that have either never done it before, or have not drawn since school, many years earlier. You would expect it to happen in spring, but instead it happens in Autumn!
As Manifest isn’t happening this year, this is probably the best place to get an overview of the type of art that is being produced in this great city of our’s at this moment in time…
As mentioned in a previous post, for students it is the start of their year. So several students attend at this time. When I first started running Life Drawing, I expected that students would be Art Students, but bizarrely, or at least bizarrely to me, they are from lots of different courses, medical students ae frequent. Who would have thought?
Examples from last week’s class
The North West is blessed with a few independent Art Studios. They are mostly run by dedicated teams that give up their time effort, and often finance (Where do you think the money to paint walls and the rest comes from?), for the ‘greater good’. They do it because they are artists, and they know how vital the arts are. Rogue Studios an institution for more than twenty years, was forced to move due to redevelopment. They have found a new home for eighty or so artists in Openshaw, and are opening their doors to the public for the first time this Friday. There are open studios as well as a brilliant exhibition ‘Manifesto’ in their new gallery space, Manifest Arts (of which I am one), co-curated.
It will be a great evening, and weekend, and a real celebration.
The ancient Greeks wrote of the Phoenix, portraying events like these.
It is now well and truly autumn. It is starting to get dark when we arrive at the class, and it only seems like last week (I exaggerate for effect!) when it was light when we left. Sarah was our model, who has returned to Manchester after a long and eventful summer. I am late putting this out, hope to see you this evening!
After one of the nicest summers in numerous years, It’s now officially Autumn! Let’s hope it is as good as the last few months. Students see this as the start of the year, and many people find it is time to get over the holidays and time to do something useful. And what could be better than developing one of your skills.!
When people first attend the class, they often worry they will stand out if they are only starting Life Drawing. Especially if they find themselves beside somebody that is highly experienced. But that worry is completely unfounded. Often there are attendees who have very limited experience, and sometimes people that have never drawn before! We are always prepared to offer advice if required, but it mostly boils down to…Enjoy yourself, and Experiment!
Welcome Back! After our short break, it was good to be back at The Edge. Although it was only a few weeks it seemed longer. It was great to see familiar faces, and also good to see new ones. Maralie was our model for the evening, it was her first time at our class, I have drawn her a number of times before, and was glad to offer others the same opportunity!
Well it has only been a few weeks, but it seems much longer.
But this Wednesday 5th Sept we are starting again!
The model and the room have been booked, now it’s just up to you to turn up!