Below are some photos from last week’s three day course, ‘Life Drawing, Papier Mache to Painting’.
On Monday our model adopted two different poses and the students drew relentlessly, all day. It was appreciated that there is a difference between a working, note taking drawing, and drawing for the sake of it…(I love life drawing just for the sake of it…but it is different).
Tuesday started with making quick maquettes of each pose followed by WONDERFUL creations from one pose. Wednesday involved working from the pieces made on Tuesday.
I loved the work the students made from this process.
NB These are not the dates that were originally published (The old dates clashed with half terms)
November 5th, 6th and 7th
10.00am – 4.00pm
At the Studio, Riverside Cottage, Bransbury
On this three day course you will start with a life model, drawing for reference and information. Using very rapid sculptural techniques you will construct 3D models from your drawings using paper mâché, tape, wood, and probably wire, and anything else that seems appropriate. When you start to ‘draw’ the model in 3D different information is needed – this adds to the interesting step from straight forward life drawing to sculpture.
The sculpture will become the model for your drawing and painting over the rest of the course.
This method opens your imagination to adapting the model. It sounds a bit weird and creepy – and why not? The models can take you way beyond masks, or even catrinas as seen below. The resulting drawings and paintings have an observed reality. It should be an exciting few days.
Coffee, tea, biscuits and a light lunch will be provided each day.
Some materials will be provided but you will be encouraged to use/recycle old drawings and paintings as well as other dry waste materials (egg cartons, loo roll holder, boxes, posters…who knows)
My friend, Grace Everett, has developed a really useful and interesting app for your phone. Next time you wander around the City of Westminster see how many sculptural works you see placed in parks, squares, in front of buildings – everywhere. You can search by location, or by sculptor, discovering the history of the piece and the biography of its maker.
Below is the description of the app she sent to me. I have the app on my phone. Give it a go .
It’s based within The City of Westminster, which is filled with works by the most illustrious sculptors of the day, both nationally and internationally. It includes sculptors from 24 countries, 15 past Presidents/Masters from within the Royal Academy, the Royal British Society of Sculptors, the Society of Portrait Sculptors and/or the Art Workers’ Guild. The App has over 350 sculptures, over 200 sculptors and over 1,200 photographs. The oldest sculpture dates back to 1681 (King Charles II by Caius Gabriel Cibber) and 334 years later Mahatma Gandhi (by Philip Jackson) and Relief: Figure Emerging to EL (by Stephen Cox) were both unveiled last year.
There’s a huge diversity in sculptural style, subject matter and materials used in the creation of the sculptures in the City of Westminster and the app gives the opportunity to not only see the sculptures, find out where they are located, but also to learn about the sculptors who created them. For example, if you want to see works by Henry Moore, click on his name and his 4 sculptures in the City of Westminster will be shown with photographs, their location and Moore’s biography. The App works worldwide, but if you’re in London and either walking, in a bus/taxi, StatueFindr map will recognise where you are and will provide the name of the sculpture and accompanying biography for the sculptor responsible. If the sculpture is of an individual, for example, Winston Churchill, a biography will be provided for both Winston Churchill and the sculptor (Ivor Roberts-Jones).
It’s now been translated into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin. I just thought there may be people who attend your art classes who perhaps might be interested in hearing about it?