AMC Sundays at LARA: Paula Rego

On a Sunday afternoon in the middle of summer, Art Model Collective will bring a strong feminine vibe to LARA’s life room.

Two expert figure models will embrace their art hero, evoking the Magic Realist styling of the extraordinary world of Paula Rego.

AMC founder Manko will pose alongside with a professional ballet dancer Miriam to evoke the mixture of comedy and grace of the “Dancing Ostriches”!

Paula Rego was born into a privileged family in Portugal during a dictatorship, studied at the Slade under Lucian Freud, began exhibiting with the London Group in the 1960s alongside David Hockney. She became the first associate artist at the National Gallery and today is one of our greatest living painters.

Huge paintings seethed with gaggles of girls, animals, monsters and other imaginary beings… Paula Rego moves beyond the appearance of things into another zone of feeling and knowledge. Her technical skills are consummate, and carry her art far beyond gritty caricature.

“The lives of women are her theme. If she were a medieval poet, you’d say she expressed the sorrows of the daughters of Eve. She’s inspired by the torments of convention and the perversity of social expectation.”

Rego’s women are mysterious and unsettling. They are strong but compliant, and they are ostriches, and they are children, scavenging for food, opening their dress to be shot.

The horror of her work, unfashionable for so long due to its painterly naturalism, seems appropriate now, as truths about the female experience are being peeled back, and a return to figurative painting has seen artists use the body to discuss, among other things, the sexist politics of art.

(Quotes from the Guardian)
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These sessions are untutored and open to every level of skill.

LARA provide easels, chairs and drawing boards.

We will have a selection of paper and free materials courtesy of GreatArt.

Spaces are strictly limited to 30.
£20 tickets on sale via EventBrite in advance only

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The collaboration between AMC and LARA has been brewing for a while now and is blowing all the traditions away – this will be a truly unique blend of your beloved AMC events set in an inspiring academic environment. LARA is unique in being the contemporary-minded atelier that welcomes AMC to reinvigorate life drawing!

LET THEM EAT CAKE! life drawing with Manko and Zoetica

On 2 April, to celebrate the delights of spring, AMC wish to revive the hedonistic excesses which inspired the French Revolution.

For this theatrical multi-model life drawing session, AMC founder Manko is teaming up with multi-talented artist Zoetica Ebb, to host a visual feast of dainty cakes, champagne, corsets and powdered wigs at Underdog Gallery.

Manko and Zoetica previously collaborated on the immensely popular Retro Sci-Fi and Russian Wintertales sessions.

The phrase “Let Them Eat Cake!” is mis-attributed to the last French Queen Marie Antoinette, and we’re thrilled to sink our teeth into this delightful cliché while taking inspiration from the shameless gluttony, unethical etiquette and the courtesans of the royal court.

All levels welcome, join our friendly and social crowd of regulars!

Full bar, and themed soundtrack

Table spaces, comfy seats and easels

Free paper and art materials, courtesy by Great Art.

(£15 in advance, £20 cash on the door)

 

AMC at LARA: tutored 360° pose life drawing

And now for something different for a traditional classical atelier: join this popular animation workshop with Art Model Collective and a guest tutor: talented animator, illustrator and a life drawing fiend, Aaron Jacob Jones!

This is an exciting opportunity to animate your drawings from life with the supervision and guidance by a pro animator.

We will set up one single pose in the life room on a rotating platform, and work with Aaron to help you animate your life drawings during this 3 hour session.

Our model Claudio will be posing as the classical sculpture of Saint Sebastian, an early Christian martyr and the subject of countless artworks that show him as a near-naked youth writhing as he is shot with arrows. What an exciting, sensuous and beautiful story to bring to life!

We’re going to spin Claudio 360 degrees and give everyone 8 different angles of the same pose. Aaron will guide you through the technicalities, suggesting to capture each angle as consistently as you can, using the same materials, colours and scale. At the end of the session, Aaron will explain how to turn your drawings into a spinning animation, using a website, a mobile app or even Photoshop. Even the simplest sketches will blend together to create the illusion of spinning movement.

The exercise will enhance your understanding of how to capture the structure of the figure in 3D, and seeing your artwork animated is always a quirky delight! 

TICKETS: £20 (plus booking fee) on EventBrite (spaces are strictly limited).

LARA provide easels, chairs and drawing boards.
Wheelchair access available.
Paper, pencils, charcoal, pastel and other materials included, courtesy of GreatArt.

Catsuits & Rayguns: comics life drawing at Orbital

Five years ago, Manko and Atomic started life drawing sessions at Orbital Comics shop in West End, and it was called CATSUITS & RAYGUNS – aimed at comic artists and illustrators.

We are re-visiting this classic theme at Orbital this January with two catsuited models in action poses and a plethora of rayguns for you all to sketch in the relaxed and fun environment of a after-hours comic shop! What could be more comicy?!

The 2 hour session will be hosted by Jason Atomic.

Doors: 7pm, start sketching at 7:30

Tickets for this class are just £20, incl. art materials and refreshments, and sure to sell-out quickly!
Get them at:
http://www.orbitalcomics.com/catsuits-rayguns-life-drawing-class-with-the-art-model-collective/

Psychology of drawing: AMC workshop with Frank Gambino

Art Model Collective return to Underdog Gallery for Tuesday evening’s multi-model life drawing session.

This time we will have a guest artist, the brilliant charcoal master Frank Gambino, to share his measuring and sketching techniques, as well as discuss the psychology of drawing.

We will have long nude poses with Carla and Manko, so join us and Frank to immerse yourself in a long luxurious relaxed drawing or painting session!

All levels welcome!
Bar, table spaces and some easels.
Free paper and art materials courtesy of GreatArt

Tickets: £15 in advance or £20 cash on the door.

Euan Uglow-inspired multimodel life drawing

As a theme for one of our summer life drawing sessions, we thought we should embrace the heat and get completely naked for a change.

This time we are inspired by a figurative British artist, Euan Uglow (1932–2000).

Predominantly a painter of the human figure, Uglow always worked directly from life. His method was meticulous, involving a great deal of measuring and correction to create images that are not hyper real, but appear almost sculptural.

The measuring process was laborious and time-consuming to the point that Uglow himself joked that he began painting one model when she was engaged, was still painting when she got married and did not finish painting until she was divorced!

However, don’t worry! Art Model Collective will not bore you with academic set-ups lasting half a lifetime. You will get expressive dynamic nude poses of 10-30 mins, allowing you to focus on the measurement in Uglow’s style… or just to draw in your own favourite style as usual.

His paintings have a simplicity that seems to grow in character thanks to the nature of the poses. This time expect a very low key, yet visually accurate set-up with a variety of poses that will remind you why Uglow is a painter particularly admired by painters and art students alike.

£15 admission on the door.

Bar, evocative soundtrack, like-minded group of creatives, at Underdog Gallery – a perfect location just a few minute walk from London Bridge station.

We’ll have free art materials courtesy of GreatArt sponsorship for spontaneously visiting artists, but as always, please bring your favourite tools.

Chairs and drawing boards provided, some easels and table spaces available.

All levels welcome.

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In case you wish to take up the challenge of Euan Uglow’s tribute, let’s look more into his method of working.

“Uglow preferred that his canvas be a square, a golden rectangle, or a rectangle of exact root value.

He then carried out careful measurements at every stage of painting, a method Coldstream had imparted to him and which is identified with the painters of the Euston Road School. 

Standing before the subject to be painted, Uglow registered measurements by means of a metal instrument of his own design (derived from a modified music stand); with one eye closed and with the arm of the instrument against his cheek, keeping the calibrations at a constant distance from the eye, the artist could take the measure of an object or interval to compare against other objects or intervals he saw before him. 

Such empirical measurements enable an artist to paint what the eye sees without the use of conventional perspective. 

The surfaces of Uglow’s paintings carry many small horizontal and vertical markings, where he recorded these coordinates so that they could be verified against reality.”

Bodies Deconstructed

Image credits: Miles Johnston, Salvador Dalí, Iluá Hauck da Silva, Zoltan Toth

 

BODIES DECONSTRUCTED

Imagine two models mixing up nude body parts and props in surreal compositions!

We’re holding this session in our temporary home under the railway arches of London Bridge station.
The room features a red curtain screen, which captured our imagination and inspired us to create a set of magic realism, with dismembered, deconstructed body parts of two models coming through the gaps in the curtains.

Please join us for this red hot summer session in a cool recess of a railway arch.

Entry: £15

Location: Unit 3 Holyrood court, Holyrood street, SE1 2EL, London Bridge
(just behind our usual Underdog Gallery)

We’ll have some free art materials for spontaneously visiting artists, courtesy of Great Art, but as always, please bring your favourite tools.

There is no bar in this venue but feel free to bring your own!

All levels welcome.

Hosted by Jason Atomic

 

Infinity War: dynamic mega-model session at Orbital Comics!

Following on from our previous ’blockbuster’ sessions at Orbital Comics, Art Model Collective return to celebrate the release of Avengers: Infinity War – the epic culmination of the marvel cinematic universe series arc.

Manko & Carla, accompanied by the cream of the cos-play scene, will channel their inner superhero for a senses-shattering life-drawing extravaganza of cosmic proportions!

Join us for some dynamic costumed life drawing, as Orbital becomes the scene of a sensational superhero slug-fest, featuring multi-model poses in different locations around the store.

Basic materials and refreshments provided.

Entry: £15
Get your tickets from Orbital Comics store!

 

RIOT GRRRL! multimodel life drawing session

Finally! A much anticipated multi-model life drawing theme with a riotous soundtrack!
Art Model Collective celebrates the Riot Grrrls in music.

February 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, in which *some* women got to vote for the first time in the UK.
To celebrate this key step in the process towards female emancipation and universal suffrage, we are hailing the irrepressible female spirit with a Riot Grrrl life drawing session!

Riot grrrl is an underground subculture movement originating in the early 1990s, organised to end ageism, homophobia, racism, sexism and, especially, physical and emotional violence against women and girls, through music, DIY ethic, zines, art, political action, and activism.

Our models will embrace each other in pure feminist consciousness and punk style as much as the original Rior Grrrls embraced their guitars, voice, and grassroots politics.

All levels welcome
Hosted by Jason Atomic
Admission on the door: £15
(As usual, we welcome other life models who have worked with AMC before to come and draw free of charge)

We’ll have some free art materials for spontaneously visiting artists, but as always, please bring your favourite tools.

Chairs and drawing boards provided, some easels and table spaces available.

Please join us for a drink afterwards! We’re a friendly bunch of like-minded creatives and enjoy chatting, brainstorming, getting feedback and swapping ideas!

Animate a 360° pose with Aaron J Jones and Art Model Collective

Second opportunity to have a go at animation with a supervision and guidance by a pro animator!

We at Art Model Collective love to hear artists’ feedback and input. One of our regulars, extremely talented illustrator and animator Aaron Jacob Jones, suggested trying to bring a pose to life with animation, and of course we are happy to oblige!

Carla will set up one single pose and work with Aaron to help you animate your life drawings during this 2.5 hour session.

We’re going to spin Carla 360 degrees and give everyone 8 different angles of the same pose. Aaron will guide you through the technicalities of this challenge, suggesting to capture each angle as consistently as you can, using the same materials, colours and scale.

At the end of the session, Aaron will explain how to turn your 8 drawings into a spinning animation, using a website, a mobile app or even Photoshop. Even the simplest sketches will blend together to create the illusion of spinning movement!

The exercise will enhance your understanding of how to capture the structure of the figure in 3D, and seeing your artwork animated is always a quirky delight.

Bar, soundtrack, tutoring, like-minded group of creatives, at a perfect location just a few minute walk from London Bridge station.

Admission: £15 on the door

We’ll have some free art materials for spontaneously visiting artists, but as always, please bring your favourite tools.

Chairs and drawing boards provided, some easels and table spaces available.

All levels welcome.