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Real Life ~ body positive life drawing for teenagers

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Sir Philip Game Centre

38 Morland Avenue

Croydon

CR0 6EA

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The SPG Centre in Croydon is pioneering a series of special body-positive life drawing sessions for teenagers this summer.

'Real Life' workshops will take place in a safe environment, giving young people a chance to draw diverse natural human figures while at the same time talking about body image issues such as how we see ourselves and others.

Life drawing – the practice of drawing the nude human figure – has been an art tradition for thousands of years, and has increased in popularity during recent times. It offers an opportunity to look closely at real bodies as part of a creative process, and also provides a healthy alternative to the many filtered and airbrushed images of bodies we see every day in the media and online. Drawing the natural human form in all its variety can help teens appreciate their own wonderful uniqueness and accept themselves the way they are.

Weekly workshops

Sessions will take place on Friday evenings, between 6pm and 8pm, in late July and August. Teenagers can practise drawing a different model every week over a period of six weeks. Workshops will be relaxed but structured to help build up confidence through simple, fun exercises. There will be some tips on drawing, but young people will be encouraged to find their own freedom of expression and style.

Unusually for a life drawing class, the model will also speak with the young people about their own experiences and how they have overcome body image concerns. Young people will be able to ask questions and share their own thoughts. There will also be some quiet time simply to focus on drawing and think about the issues raised.

Spirited Bodies

Workshops will be led by Esther Bunting of Spirited Bodies, a group that has been using life drawing and life modelling to help people gain body confidence since 2010. As a life model herself, Esther has worked in many art venues around London and across the UK, as well as creating events for venues such as the Royal Festival Hall.

Esther said: “Life drawing can be especially helpful to today's social media generation. The life room is an excellent place for all students, not just art students, because the body is accepted and appreciated in an open, healthy, non-sexualised way.
“Studying the human form is an important foundation in drawing, which is very useful for those looking to pursue fine art, design, architecture or animation. It's also a great way to learn about anatomy and can benefit anyone with an interest in medicine and therapies.”

Sessions are open to teenagers (14 - 19) across the academic and vocational spectrum. Drawing materials provided.

These are very affordable sessions, costing just £5 each. Book for all 6 sessions here, or pay cash on the day.

For more information please contact Esther at info.spiritedbodies@gmail.com

www.spiritedbodies.com

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