October 2020 marked ten years that Atelier Denu had been running life drawing workshops. We celebrated with a month of planned activities. Given the state of the pandemic and change of season, this month also marked a transition into a largely online format.
We continued with the outdoor Saturday short-pose and Sunday afternoon long-pose sessions that we started in July, so long as the weather agreed with us.
However, on alternating weekdays, Monday to Friday, we proposed the following free online activities to keep our community connected and provide thoughtful challenges:
Monday, October 5 and 19, 19h00-20h30: Model mixer
A social meeting for models and prospective models to actually meet one another, discuss opportunities, and share adaptive strategies.
Tuesday, October 13 and 27, 19h00-20h30: Tableau vivant
We look at and discuss a historical artwork. A model poses in several positions that correspond with those in the piece. Participants draw and can share our work.
Wednesday, October 7 and 21, 19h00-20h30: Filling the space
We consider the elements that fill the pictorial space, whether in the foreground or background, or as objects interacting with a subject. We discuss a process for filling in existing life drawing pages. Participants are invited to bring examples already done or in progress.
Thursday, October 15, and 29: Drawing each other
18h30-19h30: Portrait Hour
By video call, participants share screen time and draw each others' faces. If we are few, we all take a turn. If we are many, a few subjects will be chosen randomly.
20h00-21h30: Artist as Subject
By video call, and with a great regard for privacy, participants share screen time and draw each others' bodies. We all take a turn; this event is intended for the courageous.
Friday, October 9 and 23, 19h00-20h30: Self-Portraiture
We look at and discuss a couple of self-portraits made by artists historical and contemporary. We discuss strategies and processes for making our own self portraits. Participants are invited to bring self-portraits already done or in progress, for discussion.