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!
Many regulars will have noticed the change in our Venue over the years, for example the introduction of the Cafe, that genuinely helps people. The Edge has just been nominated in the ‘This is Manchester Awards’ Organisation making a difference in the community!
It is really nice to be located in a venue that is making a difference in the community!
We continued with our couples theme last week, with Veronica and Ethan making an appearance. Veronica had worked with us before, but it was Ethan’s first time Life Modelling, but you really wouldn’t have known as he was composed throughout.
The Edge has now started having live music on after our session. So you can now not only get drinks at the interval, you can make an entire evening of it by popping down after the class and joining in the fun!
We were blessed last week with our models Zoe and Aaron (I’ve just noticed their names couldn’t get much further apart in the Alphabet!). They are a couple and were happy to ‘kiss’ for 20min. I’ve never seen that done before, and it must be some kind of record !
We are planning to have two models again this week, as I mentioned it I far more difficult to arrange two models, but it has always worked so far, more due to the models diligence than mine!
As a reminder the ‘Dressing Room’ café now serves alcohol so you can have a relaxing drink before the class, or grab one at the break!
This is the time of year when the class is at its fullest. So the best advice is to arrive early to get a good seat.
However the increase in class numbers means we can afford to have more than one model ! So we intend to book two models for next week class. Though as obviously they have to be good friends, booking two models is far more complicated than booking one!
But at least I can say it is planned!
Last week Sophie was the Life Model. She was excellent the first time she worked with us, and somehow has managed to improve every time since!
We only closed for a few weeks, but it felt like the whole of summer. It was great to be back at The Edge, who help make it the best drawing environment we can imagine. We also have some great models, Lizzie was this weeks, and was brilliant.
BYW somebody left an umbrella, we left it at The Edge.
Examples of this week’s drawings