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Life art classes drawing a crowd

Monday, 21st November, 2011

TRADITION: The Regional Art Gallery’s Art Education Officer Cathy Farry recommends life drawing to beginners and advanced artists alike. TRADITION: The Regional Art Gallery’s Art Education Officer Cathy Farry recommends life drawing to beginners and advanced artists alike.

By Erica Visser

 The traditional discipline of life drawing has returned to the city and been greeted by an overwhelmingly positive response from artists.

The Regional Art Gallery, in conjunction with Western Darling Arts, have a nude model posing in the gallery’s studio for three consecutive Tuesday nights this month.

The classes are being run by gallery staff member Ian Howarth who taught at the famous Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney for 10 years.

Mr Howarth demonstrates the tradition approach to drawing people that includes proportion and foreshortening.

The gallery’s Art Education Officer Cathy Farry said that such techniques were invaluable to an artist, whether they be a learner or someone with experience.

“You can get very good at drawing people,” Ms Farry said. 

“There’s quick poses and longer poses which are more involved with the anatomy.”

She said that the classes were a rare opportunity.

“There’s no substitute for a live model. You can’t replace it with anything,” she said, and added that models were always in demand.

“It’s just really, really hard to find people who are willing to stand naked in front of a bunch of strangers,” she said.

Ms Farry said that the three classes had filled quickly and that there was not enough places for all the people who wanted to join.

Because it had proved so popular, more would be held next year, she said.

“If anyone would like to join, they can contact us at the gallery and we’ll put them on the mailing list to let them know when the next classes are coming up.”

To inquire about booking a place contact the gallery on 8080 3440. 

 

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