Popular demand has seen the number of Life Drawing classes at Estuary Arts Centre double this term.
Arts centre manager Kim Boyd says last term they had to turn people away as the classes, taught by Alan Croggon, were oversubscribed.
This term there is the choice of evening or morning classes – both courses are for six weeks, with a new model every week, and are suitable for adults of any drawing experience and ability.
Kim says that Alan finds interesting models for his classes – mostly they pose nude, but last year they included a ballerina in her costume, who was drawn in various dancing poses.
She says life drawing teaches people to really see a subject as well as developing an understanding of shape, form and composition.
Alan, who lives in Red Beach, has taught Life Drawing at the Hungry Creek Puhoi campus and believes it is a solid foundation for any artist. He started teaching Life Drawing at Estuary Arts two years ago.
He likes to keep the classes fun, including things such as quick poses and ‘blind drawing’ – where the students look at the model, keep the pencil on the page and draw without looking at the paper.
An exhibition of work from the Life Drawing classes will be held at the arts centre after the first two terms.
A beginning for the end
A one-day Endings Notebook workshop at Estuary Arts Centre with Karen Williamson and Marianda Twydell will focus on the challenging topic of end of life decisions.
The two Warkworth artists, both trained nurses, have created book art together for a few years and a large part of the workshop will be about making a journal from scratch.
Karen says that there will also be a discussion around planning for end of life as well as helping structure the content of the book.
What goes into each journal will be intensely personal, but Karen says it could include what you would like done with treasured belongings or things like a choice of funeral music. “Some people may have thought about this, but not documented it,” she says. “Doing this helps take the guesswork out of it for the people that you leave behind.”
Info: Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa, phone 426 5570.