Exhibition time!

Well, the Chorlton Arts Festival is almost upon us, bringing with it the launch of our exhibition, which is due to take place from 1pm on Saturday 17th May! We hope you can join us to see the fruits of your labour proudly displayed in the Edge Theatre & Arts Centre. A few of us will be heading to the pub afterwards for a well-deserved pint if anyone fancies joining us. The exhibition will run from 16th – 20th May, so please tell your friends to stop by and see it!

On a related note, due to the Arts Festival, the Edge is engaged in theatre rehearsals and performances throughout May, which means that over the next few weeks we will have to work around the requirements of the theatre. Last week we staged our life drawing class in the middle of a theatre set, which allowed us to set our model in some more interesting surroundings than usual! We will need to continue to accommodate the theatre activity over the coming weeks, so please be aware that some of our classes may take place in our old room on the ground floor. The Edge staff will be able to direct you to the class each week.

Without further ado, here is a selection of your pictures from the last class! Hope to see you next time.

Contrapposto – The classic pose

It’s not long to go now until our exhibition for the Chorlton Arts Festival! A big thank you to everyone who entered work to be exhibited – we’ll be in touch shortly with more details and to arrange payment for the frames from anyone who hasn’t already done so. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy another mini art tutorial – this week, we’re looking at the role the pose plays in composition.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that all of the skill of a well-executed portrait is in the hands of the artist. However, the posture and stance of the model plays a key role in creating a balanced and pleasing piece. One of the most widely used poses in classical art is known as Contrapposto.

Manchester drawing lesson - DavidContrapposto is an Italian term meaning ‘counterpose’. It’s used in the visual arts to describe a human figure standing with most of its weight on one foot so that the shoulders and arms twist off-axis from the hips and legs. This gives the figure a more dynamic, or alternatively relaxed appearance. It can also be used to refer to multiple figures which are in counter-pose (or opposite pose) to one another. The leg that carries the weight of the body is known as the engaged leg, the relaxed leg is known as the free leg.

Contrapposto can be seen in a number of classical paintings and sculptures, most famously in Michelangelo’s David. The first known usage was c. 480 BC in an ancient Greek statue from the early classical period. The pose was revived during the Renaissance by Italian artists including Da Vinci, Donatello and Raphael.

From this basis, artists began to explore how poses can communicate a variety of emotions and attitudes. The next time you sketch a model, have a think about what their pose may be expressing and how you can capture that with your treatment of the scene.

As ever, here is a selection of your sketches from last class for you to enjoy; hope to see you next time!