Well this year has certainly gone fast for me !
I have been running the class for a number of years now and I honestly thought I would be enjoying running the class less as time progressed. But instead the opposite is true. Perhaps it is because the facilities at The Edge have improved, especially with the new lighting rig which means everybody has good light as well as lighting the model. Regardless, I enjoy running the class more than ever.
Another good reason is I have worked with some amazing people, as an example last week’s model arrived wearing a long multi-coloured wig, Thanks Katherine !
This Wednesday Manchester United are playing at home against Tottenham. The Kick off is at 7:30, which is the same time as our class. That means there will be a lot of traffic heading for the ground, and lots of it goes via Chorlton. So give yourself plenty of time to get to the venue. If you are late, we have never turned anybody away, but it will mean you won’t get a good seat!
Last week we had two models, Dan and Julia, we had not worked with them before, but they are a couple and had worked together before, and it showed. Once more we are blessed with our models!
There are times when we can anticipate a large number of attendees. For example the start of September, it is the beginning of term, and before the dark nights. But there are other times, like last week, when out of the blue, there are lots of people. It may be a one off, it may not be. But this week we have decided to have two models. This should mean even if there are a large number of people you will still get a decent view of one model, while the vast majority can choose either or both!
Amina was our model last week, she has now been working with u for over a year, and was the first model of last New Year!
Last week was the coldest night of the year so far. Which thinking about is quite something, we have managed to get to November without really bothering about heating! But The Edges heating system is beginning to suffer from age, and although they are raising money for a replacement, it is a charity, and these thing take time. So for the near future make sure you wear a jumper for the class, or sit near the model, because we always ensure they are warm enough!
Harry was our model last week, and as I have stated many times we have been really fortunate with our models, they always give 100%
Well it was almost Halloween so we had a soft Halloexit as opposed to a hard Hallowexit!
I had booked Gina before I realised it was Halloween week, and I have never worked with her before, so once more I was a bit worried. And I could not go to far out of anybodies comfort zone. How would she react to black diaphanous garments?
But once more I needn’t have worried, although she was new to our class, it was immediately obvious she had Life Modelled extensively. She could not have been better
So once more it was another really successful class!
Last week we were visited by some anthropology (the study if human behaviour) student’s studying for their MA. They filmed our class, mainly people drawing. Thinking of it reminded me that one of the markers of being human, and therefore of civilisation, is the production of art. And the earliest known forms are mark making/drawing.
It is the ideal time of year for Life Drawing. It is now dark in the evenings, and most people want to do something with their time, and what better way than improving an innate, and most ancient of skills.
Molly was our model last week, it was her first time working with us and she was fantastic.
Incidentally ‘The Edge’ has a brilliant Cafe, that serves alcohol, and has Live Music after the class, so you can make a real night of it!
Rachel approached me about modelling a while ago, and we agreed that this week would be ideal. Rachel is seven and a half months pregnant, so the timing was important. I admit I was a bit apprehensive, but I shouldn’t have been. Rachel was brilliant, the first short poses were particularly impressive (unfortunately all the images are from the second, more sedate half of the class.
We altered the room structure for the comfort of the model, so it meant some attendees had a more restricted view than we would have liked but the room returns to normal next week.
We are really looking forward to this evening’s session. It will be unusual as the model is pregnant.
So we are expecting to do longer poses, to suit the situation. I feel having the opportunity to draw anyone is a privilege, and no matter how often I do it, slightly special. But it anything being offered the opportunity to draw someone, while pregnant is more so again.
Last week was a bit special Two models who are regular, Adam and Kelly, arranged to pose together. We have seen them individually but never together. They also pre-prepared the poses which made it really interesting, as they were happy to put themselves in positions I would never ask a model to do. Some of their poses were incredibly strenuous. It made for a great evening!
It has been a good week in many ways. ‘The Edge’ the venue we use WON the ‘Community Space Award’, a well deserved prize for all their efforts in the community.
Ossie was our model last week and as always she was excellent.
Next week we have a special treat. Adam and Kelly are scheduled to model together. We have seen them individually but never as a pair, it’s a week not to be missed!