How to draw hands! & your pictures from last class

Thanks as ever to everyone who came to our last class, where once again we made use of the theatre spotlights to throw some very striking shadows on the model. A big thanks also to art teacher Elena Cortes who came to help out at the class – more about Elena can be found on her website.

We thought it would be useful to post this quick guide to capturing that most difficult of appendages – the dreaded hand! Hope you find this helpful in your sketching efforts.

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Enter your work in our exhibition!

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Chorlton Arts FestivalChorlton Arts Festival approaches – the annual celebration of all things creative is due to take place this year from 16th – 25th May, and we’re excited to announce that we have an exhibition to put on at the Edge Theatre and Arts Centre! We’d love to exhibit some of the pieces created during our classes, so if you want to be involved, don’t hesitate to contact John, Chris or Joe to find out more. We only have a few weeks to assemble the exhibition so time is of the essence!

There was plenty to put the attendees through their paces at last week’s class, with a number of very short poses, interspersed with longer poses, some experimentation with different light sources, and another challenging walkaround by the model. As ever, here is a selection of your work from the class, hope to see you next time!

Twelfth Night

Well we are in Chorlton; literary references abound. And it is the twelfth of March.

Maggie was the model for this evening. CAA have certainly had a lucky streak with models, as Maggie proved. A number of short difficult poses, followed by longer less difficult ones. Most of the poses we do have been no more than 20 minutes. Most people seem happy with this, we are alternative after all, but if you would like longer poses, why don’t you message us here, or on Facebook.

We mentioned a number of points, but perhaps the one that may interest most people is the idea of an exhibition. We have not developed the idea in detail, but it would be included as part of The Chorlton Arts Festival. More news soon!!!

Theatre Night

Our second night in the theatre upstairs. We are beginning to get used to the lights and space.

If anybody has any idea how we could use it better, then give us a shout.

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More pictures and styles….

We put people’s drawings on our website for a number of reasons..
One of the key ones is that it gives everybody an idea of how diverse drawing can be…
Some are drawn fast and free, others detailed and considered…….everybody’s drawings are as unique as their signature…

These are more examples from last week….

How to… use your pencil to measure proportions

As ever, thanks to everyone who made it to last Wednesday’s class! Those who attended were treated to a quick tutorial in how to use a pencil to measure proportions for figure drawing – and we even handed out free pencils for you to keep (no expense spared at Chorlton Alternative Art Class!) Here’s a quick recap of the technique for anyone who wasn’t able to attend:

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Hold up a pencil in front of the figure and use your thumb to mark off a particular measurement (the standard unit for measurement is the head – from the top of the skull to the bottom of the chin). Keeping your thumb in place, use this as a yardstick for other parts of the body. How many heads tall is your subject? You can also get an objective measurement of the space taken up by foreshortened limbs, which are often a stumbling block for beginner artists.

Key points to remember:

1. Hold your arm out straight and keep your head still so that the distances between your eye, the pencil and the figure do not change as you measure.

2. Close one eye to remove any inconsistencies created by binocular vision.

3. Hold the pencil perfectly upright at all times with the sharp end sticking up for the most accurate measurement. Slanting your pencil will change the measurement and create inaccuracies.

Hope you find these tips useful, and hope to see you at this week’s class! Remember, we now run weekly so you can turn up on any Wednesday to join in. As ever, here is a selection of sketches from the last class for you to enjoy!

Best of Friends

I have noted that I have mentioned the weather more than once in recent times. But this time we really need to note the weather. Three trees blocked my way to The Edge this evening……Three!!…There was a Red Alert all over the North West…

Our first weekly event…and it was different to all the rest..
The turn out was small compared to previous weeks….
No wonder…many could not get here …

And it was the first of our weekly sessions…so many may not have been aware..

BUT it was different…

To celebrate our new opening time…..this week we had two models!!

They are very good friends, as well as being very good friends of CAA.

I have said before ‘There is no such thing as a bad drawing’, and I believe it is true…
drawings by two year olds can be quite stunning…
But there is a difference in technical ability, and the standards tonight were really high…
It could be the Two Model thing…who knows…anyway if you missed tonight you missed out…

We are here again next week!!
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This Week… Next Week…

From Now on The Class is Weekly….

Next Classes

12 Feb
19th Feb
26th Feb

There must be an age old question…well at least may be an age old question…… some country somewhere that asks…..

How many people can you fit in a room?

And the answer would be either very wise or very humorous….

But the answer for me….. for now ……. ..quite a lot……more than quite a lot…

Because this week….again…..people kept arriving….

And everybody arrived soaked…..and the room must have been humid..

As you may see from a picture I took of people’s drawings on the floor….the lens on my camera misted over as soon as I took the lens cap off!!!….

It was really good to see so many people,that had not drawn before, or had not drawn in a long time….

And it may possibly be the friendliest place in Manchester….

NEXT WEEK (note: next week the class is now running weekly!) may be upstairs…there is more room there so if the offer is still open when we arrive…we will be in a different room…

 PS. Some of us go to The Parlour on Beech Road after the class…We are quite friendly…

So feel free to join us………

Here are some of the drawings from this Wednesday…..great to see so many styles….

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Everybody of all Abilities welcome

From 5th Feb we run each WEEK!

We have talked for a while about the possibility of changing the classes to a weekly event….
So we are going to bite the bullet and give it a go for a while…
So for now the classes will run each week…

Don’t think you have to change your habits..
If the reason you like the class is because you don’t feel the pressure to attend each week don’t!!!

It is a drop in class…

Visit when you want to….

Everyone of any ability all welcome…

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New Year’s Resolutions?

There must have been a lot of New Year’s resolutions made in South Manchester. “Must draw more!” People kept arriving!! Twice as many as the last event…..
I guess that is the thing about drop-in classes….you don’t have to book….but you have no idea how many will turn up…….

We tried to accommodate everyone…..we don’t want to turn anyone away……

It has helped us reach the decision of running the class on a weekly basis…..

It may help even out the numbers…..people will definitely not be expected to attend each week…

We have asked the Edge if it is possible and will await their reply…….

I think we have pointed out, some of us go to the Parlour on Beech Rd after the class……you are welcome to join us…….

Take care…and any suggestions, let us know!!!

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