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Life Modelling Workshop with ATYN
Tue 16 May 2017, 18:00 – 21:00 BST
Learn to be a Life Model with ATYN
(All experience levels welcome!)
Have you always wanted to try life modelling, but didn't know where to start? Or maybe you're already a life model who wants to brush up on their skills, gain a little more experience, and get a rare chance to meet other life models? This is the workshop for YOU!
If you don’t already know us - hi! We run friendly, fun and affordable weekly life drawing sessions in cities across Scotland each week. We are life drawing for everyone, not just artists. Since we started 8 years ago, we have been blown away by how many of you keen to model with us. Thank you so much - it's only thanks to you guys that we can provide our weekly sketchers with a really varied and interesting scene each week.
The best thing about this is that everyone can do it! And we can show you how…
At our model training workshop, we work closely with a group of 10-20 people. Some of you will be completely brand new to modelling nude and others will be existing life models who might want to improve. The workshop provides a great opportunity to connect and share experiences and tips with other life models.
What will we actually be doing?
In this three hour session we will focus on how to make interesting shapes and how to hold dynamic positions with your body. We may use music and images as inspiration and for added fun :)
Our ATYN staff will work with you to suggest techniques and pointers that we think will help you get the most out of posing for sketchers. We will also encourage feedback between models in the group, which is extremely useful.
We will practice posing as a group and everyone will learn about their own body, their own shape, and their own capabilities. Everybody will do a mixture of both posing and drawing. It is hugely advantageous to view models from behind the easel - this will give you a fuller understanding of what you are trying to create for the artists that will be drawing you. Don’t worry if you’ve never drawn before - this is purely a learning aid for the session. Trust us - you can all draw! And it’s a lot of fun to see others’ interpretation of your poses.
You will spend some of the session clothed, some in a robe, and some posing nude - as little or as much as you are comfortable with.
Who is in charge?
The sessions will be led by two lovely ATYN staff - Workshop formulated by Joanna Susskind (ATYN's Founder).
Joanna spent 4 years at The Glasgow School of Art, first studying animation, and then working in the Digital Design Studio. She has been life drawing since she first started in 6th year at school. She has been booking life models since day 1 of ATYN (8 years ago!) which means she can help and advise if you’re interested in taking up work as a life model beyond the workshop. Joanna will be accompanied by two existing ATYN models - one male and one female - who will share some of their experiences and help demonstrate the learning points of the workshop.
What should we bring?
Wear comfortable clothing, as per the gym or a yoga class. Bring along a robe or dressing gown and some slippers. We will provide all drawing materials, but bring your own along if you would prefer. Bring along an image that inspires you, or an item/prop you would like to pose with.
What will we take away?
Smiling, happy, confident faces and bodies! It is always fantastic to hear the positive feedback from new models after realising what they can do and how they can feel using this unique skill. Realising the difference between being or feeling naked and being or feeling nude is extremely powerful. Most of our previous workshop participants have continued to model with ATYN and other life drawing groups beyond the workshop, although this is of course not a necessity.
ATYN will provide all participants with a de-briefing which summarises all the points covered. We will also recommend places and people to contact about life modelling work. We would be more than happy to provide references for models on request.
We look forward to meeting you all. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any more questions about any aspect of the workshop. If you've already attended one of our life modelling workshops and would like to attend this one, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount.