Slightly unusual

It was slightly unusual last week, as The Edge was set up for a Play. It sometimes happens because we use the theatre space! But it forces us to rethink how we should arrange the room, which is a good thing. Mark was our model for the evening, he is one of our athletic models and it is always great to have him in attendance.

Examples from last week’s class,

It now feels like summer is here!

It now feels like summer is here! At our class, It is the perfect time for Life Drawing. There is still natural light at the start of the evening, and we can use the spotlights as the light fades. The temperature is ideal, though last week we still had to have the heaters on for the model, this week we are not expecting to. Looking forward to seeing everyone this evening.

It’s a privilege..

Ours is a Life Drawing class. I consider it a major privilege the models offer us. Staying still and allowing us to study them for some considerable time. Many of us don’t even have friends that would be prepared to stay still and let us scrutinise them, clothed or unclothed. When offered this opportunity most of us draw the complete figure. But we don’t have to, some for example concentrate on portraits. But as in this example the artist has decided to draw something they find particularly difficult. The Feet. It is the feet that ground us, connect us to the earth. Getting them right, is difficult. The use of a shadow (in this example just hinted at) , can be really effective.


Last week was slightly unusual. Rosa our model for the evening had requested that we do not play music, so we could record the ambient sound. Rosa has plans to produce an exhibition, based on that session. We will provide details as the event develops. A few people commented on how strange it seemed drawing in silence. And it did to me to, which is slightly odd as I often attend Life Drawing sessions where there is no music. As with many things, and as mentioned last week, context is a vital ingredient.

Images from last week’s class..

Expect Silence!

As artists (and I think of everybody that attends the class as an artist!) I think we appreciate that context is important. The fact that the light nights have begun, and the temperature has increased brings a new vitality to the class, and everybody responds. There seems more energy in the room. It will wear off as we grow accustomed to the new season, but for now it is great to have that feeling.
This coming week will be unusual, our model has asked if we can have the music off, so she can make a sound recording of the ambient noise. It is the type of project we fully support. So this week expect Silence!


On the first class of last month one of our regulars (Colin), displayed his work during the interval, to solicit critical feedback. Thank you to all those that contributed. Attached is Colin’s work, and any further comments are welcome.

We offer this opportunity to anybody who attends on the first class of the month (Wed 2nd May) If you wish feedback on existing work, or indeed you’re drawings of that evening. We will display them for feedback.

See you Wednesday!

Improve Week by Week..

It was another good night at Chorlton Alternative Arts. The model for the evening was Kelly, who had not worked with us before, but we need not have worried, she was professional from start to end, and produced some excellent poses.

There were a number of new faces, and as is often the case, they said it was far more difficult than they imagined.. . In many ways this is true, Life drawing can be one of the most challenging forms of drawing. But for most it is also the most enjoyable, and interesting. And one of the most enjoyable aspects of running the class is seeing people improve week by week.

Thank You

Last week Colin presented his work for critical evaluation. So thank you everybody that provided him with much appreciated feedback. I will provide a separate post about this later in the week. Rosa was our model last week, and she was excellent. She also came up with an idea, which we may try out in the future. It was a great evening and as always it was great to see new faces.
Images from last week…

This Week we are Experimenting!

This week we are experimenting! If you have work that you feel would benefit from Critical Review, we are going to do that during the break at this week’s class. If it is successful we will do the same on the first class of each month.