Life Class at the Dove


Today was the first of 5 life drawing sessions that will take place in the upstairs studio at the Dove during April and May. It was organised on an impulse, really, after a break of about 15 years from life drawing. I wasn’t the only rusty life draughtsman there: just about everyone who came was in the same condition. And so it was that we met today in the space that I had prepared with a mounting feeling of excitement and anticipation. Keith Langlois came over yesterday to rig up the lighting, and today I hung up the black backdrop, made a plinth from a pallet, and covered the old sofa in velvet. It’s Keith’s belief that you don’t have to ‘teach’ people drawing from life: if you create a set for the model with clear and dramatic top and side lighting, people will be able to ‘see’ better and will therefore draw better. In the event it was a hard, focused three hours of concentrated silence, and I was reminded of that particular quality and function of the life class: that in following an old tradition of gathering together to draw one of our own kind, we meet to probe, to accept and to celebrate our humanness.

  1. sounds lovely, wish I had been there, though I’m deep into painting poision flower fairies at the moment!

    • ….’poison’ flower fairies, even. Two and a half paintings in and i still have not learnt to spell the word without the aid of a spell checker…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Venice: I am not making this up

My personal account of living real life in real Venice, and more

These Days

Writing about the emergence of new and sustainable business

Campaign For A Living Venice

In support of a sustainable future for the Citizens and City of Venice

Artist Development Blog

The latest from artists in our Artist Development Programme

Painting into sculpture

a creative journey


with Kathryn John


pages from an unbound book


Produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, PROCESSIONS marks 100 years since the first women in the UK won the vote. Somerset Art Works and artist Dorcas Casey deliver a programme of creative workshops leading to Somerset participation in the PROCESSIONS mass participation artwork in London on 10 June 2018.

Books On Books

Curated by Robert Bolick


On ne fait pas d'omelette sans casser des œufs.

Katyboo1's Weblog

The random jottings of a woman called Katy

Anna Raven | Artist's Notes

Life as a painter in the Highlands of Scotland.

Bronwen Bradshaw

Artist Printmaker Video Artists Books

Amazing Space

A Celebration of the Dove Arts and Crafts Centre

%d bloggers like this: