Saturday, 9 January 2016

Life Drawing...and Musings...


This week my first year students had their very first life drawing lesson.
It's a rites of passage in a student's art education, and I can still remember my first lesson as though it was yesterday (even though it was over twenty-five years ago!)
As I was flicking through my sketchbooks, preparing the lesson, I realised how much I've missed my lessons, it's been a while.
I think everyone who draws or paints needs to 'top up' their skills every now and then, (well, I do!)
And life drawing is the most rigorous and demanding type of drawing there is.
When I introduce life drawing to students I do feel as though it's my responsibility to remind them what a privilege it is to study the human form.
This applies especially to female students.
I still find it unbelievable that the Royal Academy only allowed women artists to study the partially draped nude in 1898, after years of petitioning!
My students did so well and I was so proud of them, they even clapped our lovely life model at the end of the lesson!

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  1. hello there, these are stunning examples, for some reason I found them moving too?
    best love Ash x

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    1. Thank you so much, for such a lovely comment.
      That really means a lot x

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  2. These are terrific. I love life drawing and I do agree that weneed a top up from time to time. I like going back to basics when possible. After all it's always good to learn and re-learn.xx

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    1. Definitely, life drawing is good for the soul! X

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  3. Oh I do need a decent drawing class. I feel so blocked when it comes to pens and pencils.

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    1. I definitely feel very rusty, I need to go to a class soon! X

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  4. Beautiful drawings! I love the washes and soft colors, too.

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  5. these are just beautiful! <3

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  6. These are really beautiful drawings, I do miss it, all our models were BIG, very Lucian Freud. x

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    1. Thank you so much chuck, I'm itching to get my pencils out again! X

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  7. I will echo what beautiful drawings you did. I had to rush in to my first life drawing class as my train was late so there was no time to think... There is a naked good looking young man in the middle of the room !

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