Sunday, February 12, 2012

This is life drawing!

My set up for life drawing with watercolours. You can see the model's platform in the middle of the room, with a heater to the right.

Across the room, fellow artist Mark Thurman's set up for gouache.
The talented Canadian children's book illustrator Mark Thurman up close! You can see his quick gesture paintings drying on the back table.
Fellow artist James, sitting at a drawing horse doing beautiful conte drawings.
The artists during break time.
You can check out Mark's website at  Lots of life drawing in watercolour, gouache, pastel, coloured pencil... Awesome!

I hope these pictures answer the many questions I've been getting about life drawing (click on them to enlarge). It's $9 for a 2.5 hour class of short poses which consists of 1, 5, 10 and 20 minute poses, with breaks every 20 minutes. Bring your own supplies. Tables, easels, boards and horses are there for us and set up by a monitor who hires the model and collects our money at break. No talking during poses. No photos of the model.
Check out your local art school for sessions. It's a blast!
Happy Painting!!


  1. I will! Being that I'm being pushed in that direction, I could use a few sessions. So this get together is do whatever medium you want in an open workshop setting? Terrific!

  2. I am certainly tempted,only I know what my chidrens reaction will be.Though it might be fun just to see their faces when they see what mums been drawing! Lol!

  3. Oh, I wish we had something like that overhere :( And how cheap! Lucky girl:) Thank you for give us a look "inside".

  4. Looks fun. I haven't been to a life drawing session since college. There's one locally on Monday nights...perhaps you've inspired me to attend.
    Have a good week Nora.

  5. Thank you for the tour. Looks great! I don't think we have this in our town.

  6. I have been to life drawing session in the area and I recommend them to everyone. Your work shows the fresh approach that comes with the quick sketches. Learning to get the feel of the subject in an economy of strokes.

  7. I have never been to any life drawing session. But I will. very interesting photos.
    And happy valentine to you, too!

  8. Thanks for reminding me how much fun a model study is. I also had a lovely coffee break looking at your blog.

  9. I attended Central Tech with Mark Thurman, 1962-66. He was an amazing artist then (at ages 14-18) and he still is! Great to see his smiling face here!