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!

X-Men Dark Phoenix premiere – life drawing with AMC

Timed to coincide with the red-carpet premiere of the new X-men movie “Dark Phoenix” at Leicester Square, the Art Model Collective return to Orbital Comics shop with a session that takes us back to the roots of the Phoenix saga.

Drawing inspiration from the mutant mayhem of the original Marvel comics, our models evoke the flame-haired telekinetic Phoenix Jean Grey, and her cool as ice psi-powered rival Emma Frost, as the Black & White Queens of the Hellfire Club.

This dynamic, costumed life drawing session is suitable for all levels but aimed at providing a resource for comic artists, illustrators and designers.

So sharpen those pencils and grab your sketchbooks, it’s drawing time!

Starring:
Alysia Judge debuting at AMC as Jean Grey, the Black Queen / Marvel Girl / Phoenix, and
Manko as Emma Frost, the White Queen!

Hosted by artist Jason Atomic.

Basic materials and refreshments provided

Price: £20 via Orbital Comics shop:
https://www.orbitalcomics.com/x-men-dark-phoenix-life-drawing-class-friday-7th-june/

Time: 7pm (for a strict 7.30 start)

NB: No physical tickets will be sent out. Your payment will secure your name on our list at the door.
Tickets are non-refundable.

May Queens – Art Model Collective’s 3rd birthday life drawing celebration

This Mayday Art Model Collective will celebrate its third birthday… Wow! What a journey it’s been so far, and may long it last!

On this joyful milestone, we decided to bring back our first ever theme, “A Spring Clean For The May Queen”, titled after Led Zeppelin lyric from Stairway to Heaven.

Not only that, we’ve invited a fellow artist, organiser, and one of the most inspiring women we know – TATIANA – to be our gorgeous guest model!

On this Tuesday at Underdog Gallery we will crown our models as May Queens – and indeed we want to extend the invitation to all of the AMC models who have ever posed in our sessions to be our dear guests, and to join us at this session both as artists – and models if the mood takes them.

Join us for traditional pagan frolicking around a Maypole, treats, fantasy costumes, themed soundtrack and all the joy of spring!

“If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow
Don’t be alarmed now
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen”

Tickets: £15 in advance, £20 cash on the door:

AMC Sundays at LARA: the Renaissance Nude life drawing with Manko and Carla

Welcome to another relaxed Sunday afternoon life drawing session with Art Model Collective!
 
‘The Renaissance Nude’, currently on show – until June 2nd – at the Royal Academy will be the main inspiration behind this multi-model session.
 
And how could we have ignored this phenomenal mix of mega valuable masterpieces that explore the “developments that elevated the nude to play a pivotal role in the art from 1400 to 1530”?!
 
Academic drawing is mainly about the nude figure, and this exhibition shows a fabulous juxtaposition of work from different regions of Europe that demonstrate how the nude was at the time a major concern for the Arts.
 
AMC will pay tribute to this beautiful and relevant exhibition by recreating with two female models – Carla and Manko – some of the characteristically languid Renaissance visions of femininity.
 
You will be drawing the long wavy hair and sublime poses that are a constant theme throughout the Renaissance era, seen as the most recognisable ideal of femininity.
 
During this 3 hours session on a highly wonderful Sunday, as the models attempt to emulate the period’s idealisation of the body, you can also expect lots of luscious red and blue velvet backdrops and floating drapery.
 
But, in order to do justice to this exhibition’s amazing selection of art, we will be bringing a depiction of the human body that reflects vulnerability too.
 
The afternoon will also include some haunting depictions of the nude with a rather demonic vision of female flesh: The drawing, ‘Luxuria’ by Pisanello, included in ‘The Renaissance Nude’ in particular caught our eye. It seems to be a drawing out of time, belonging perfectly in the 20th century, something that could so easily have been created during an AMC session…we are not exaggerating! Expect  a tribute to this powerful drawing during the day’s session, along with the Venus of Titian and much more!
 
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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.
 
The spaces are limited to 30, tickets  on sale via EventBrite.

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 Sundays at LARA: Mucha life drawing

This new year is the 90th anniversary of the birth of our collective’s favourite artist Alphonse Mucha, and we shall celebrate this iconic artist with AMC spring Sunday session at LARA on March 31st!

It will feature models Carla and Manko as the beflowered spring sprites, and the smoking cigarette paper ad girls from Mucha’s enchanting artwork.

Alphonse Mucha needs no introduction – he produced a flurry of paintings, posters, advertisements and book illustrations in what was termed initially “The Mucha Style” but became known as Art Nouveau. Mucha’s works frequently featured beautiful young women in flowing, vaguely Neoclassical-looking robes, often surrounded by lush flowers which sometimes formed halos behind their heads. In contrast with contemporary poster makers he used pale pastel colors.

So bring your pastels, toned paper, and join our models to create a fitting tribute to this artist.
(We will also have a selection of free paper and materials courtesy of our sponsor, GreatArt shop).

Tickets on sale via EventBrite.

(By the way, our first Mucha tribute session two years ago was extremely popular with our followers and produced gorgeous and inspired artwork. We expect this event will sell out well in advance, so don’t hesitate to get your ticket – this session is strictly limited to 30 attendees)

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The collaboration between AMC and LARA has been brewing for a while now and is set to blow all traditions away, because finally, our dynamic collective can bring their own style, sparkle, vitality and glamour to the academic environment of the atelier!

This will be a truly unique blend of your beloved AMC events set in an inspiring academic environment. Taking inspiration from the sober and serious environment of the traditional classical atelier that is LARA, we shall see what artistic cocktail can be whipped up with our models at these relaxed, informal 3 hour Sunday afternoon sessions.

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.

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.

Eros and Psyche: Valentine’s with Manko & Carla

AMC Valentine’s themes are usually quite dark and Noire, however this year AMC founders Carla and Manko decided to embrace the subject of classical romance!
 
The love story between Eros, the god of desire, and Psyche, the personification of the human soul, is probably one of the most wonderfully enduring in classical mythology, and has inspired museums-full of beautiful artwork through the centuries.
 
This tale, the epitome of love, will take place on stage at The Underdog Gallery, embodied by Carla and Manko during this life drawing session just two days before Valentine’s day.
 
Eros (or, as the Romans knew him, Cupid), son of Aphrodite was obsessed with love and desire, always depicted shooting arrows at people‘s hearts in order to make them fall in love. Manko can’t wait to create an androgynous version of this god god, seen as a powerful, yet mischievous angel.
 
Psyche (or anima), was the most beautiful woman on earth, personifying the purity of the human soul, learning to find eternal happiness whilst transcending passion and misfortune.
Psyche is human, often depicted with butterfly wings, symbolising the fleeting beauty of the human soul, and it’s a perfect role for Carla.
 
In this beautiful love story between Eros and Psyche, we see both the perseverance of Eros possessed by passion and the efforts of Psyche to overcome the many obstacles placed in front of her in order to experience the wonders of love.
 
Can you think of a more beautiful way to celebrate Valentine’s day? Because we can’t!
 
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 via EventBrite, £20 cash on the door)

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/

Russian Wintertales: life drawing and storytelling with Manko and Zoetica

On our first session of the year, AMC welcomes 2019 with a celebration of the Old New Year, guest-directed by Zoetica, honouring the mysterious deities of Russian folklore.

Gather ‘round frosty scenes accompanied by evocative readings of winter tales, in English and in Russian, as our models Manko and Moscow-born Zoetica introduce you to a cast of mythical sylphs and dryads – stars of stories dating back to the country’s pagan roots, recited around festive tables and whispered at bedtimes for hundreds of years.

According to the Julian calendar still used by the Russian Orthodox church today, the Old New Year falls on January 14th. Russian Orthodoxy is a fusion of christianity and old-world paganism, which has made for a folk culture steeped in dark mysticism and superstition. In this enchanted realm, seasons are personified, harvests are holy, animals speak, forests mumble, and dark corners teem with all manner of strange creatures. Some are good, others evil, and others yet can grant you wishes – for a price.

Womanhood, too, is sacred, spellbinding. The women in Russian fables are oracles, sorceresses, shapeshifters; a legion of powerful, nuanced beings, whose allegiances take entire sagas to discern. Artists worldwide have long paid tribute to these magnetic characters, and now we invite you to try your hand at capturing them. Join us for a unique evening of ancient folklore and opulent costumes, set your intentions for the coming year, and immerse yourself in the magic of Russian Wintertales.

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)

https://artmodelcollective.bigcartel.com/product/russian-wintertales

 

Text and graphic by Zoetica, art by Vyacheslav Nazaruk and P. J. Lynch