One of the many classes that are offered at our studios is the "Painting and Drawing the Live Model" headed by Christophe Cardot. It is scheduled for Tuesday evenings, 6pm - 9pm and offers a model who sits for us, most of the time in the nude. It is not printed in the current schedule, that's why we want to make you aware of this great opportunity!
I attended last fall/winter, and it is so worth it! The professional models change every week and display some great inventive poses. The experience helps you with your drawing skills, measuring proportions, judging value, and putting down your lines and shapes fast. We warm up with several 2- and 5-minute poses, then do a few poses for 10 minutes, and end the 3-hour session with several 20-minute poses, where you can really flesh out your subject. Christophe will try to do some sessions with a clothed model that sits for us in a longer but simple pose of 1-2 hours (with breaks of course), so we can do a portrait. Some props or fancy hats might be part of that, too.
I noticed that most of the students draw in charcoal or pencil, while some sketch in thinned oils and even add full-scale oil colors for the longer poses... I tried that after I got comfortable and amazingly it's enough time to get something down.
It's always fun to paint in a group. You learn so much from the other artists: by seeing what tools and materials they use, and how everybody has a totally different technique! I myself spotted an artist using a Chinese bamboo brush with watered down ink, and was totally excited to try it out. That is now my go-to medium for quick sketches in this class and I love the flow of the medium and how it looks.
Please contact Christophe at firstname.lastname@example.org asap if you are interested. He can only start this class if he has at least 5 paying artists each month! You don't have to commit for the whole fall or winter, but for at least one month/4 consecutive sessions.
I hope to see you there!
Happy Painting! Ruth
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