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)

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)

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

AMC Sundays at LARA II – Schiele

Art Model Collective are thrilled to announce that we are starting a collaboration with LARA, bringing you your favourite and much-missed Sunday sessions at London Atelier Of Representational Arts in Clapham North.

This series of life drawing events pays tribute to the RA exhibition ‘Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna’ to mark the centenary of both artists’ deaths. Our inspiration comes from the key drawings and themes of the exhibition, such as portraiture, the human figure and eroticism.

This time AMC models will host a tribute to our favourite artist, Egon Schiele (on December 16 this will be followed by a homage to Klimt).

With his signature graphic style, embrace of figural distortion, and bold defiance of conventional norms of beauty, Egon Schiele was one of the leading figures of Austrian Expressionism.

AMC’s distorted yet elegant interactive poses, inspired by Schiele’s striking and still-shocking images, have been a hit with our life drawing crowd for several years. We will be posing together in a combination of long and short, clothed and nude poses, set to a specially curated soundtrack.

Schiele is famous not only for his psychologically and erotically charged oeuvre but for his intriguing biography: his licentious lifestyle marked by scandal, notoriety, and a tragically early death on 31 October 1918.

NB: Royal Academy exhibition ‘Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna’ opens on 4 November 2018.


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. Artists are encouraged to experiment with different media – varied charcoals, pastels, pencils, pens and even chunky markers.

The spaces are limited, tickets are on sale via EventBrite

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.”

Viva Frida! AMC tribute to “Making Herself Up” Tate exhibition

Viva Frida!

Iconic artist, feminist symbol, fashion inspiration, transgressive beauty idol and – let’s be honest – a life drawing cliche… But we can’t resist – and why the hell should we – the opportunity to celebrate the V&A’s exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up”!

From June 16th this exhibition will be seen outside of Mexico for the first time. For 50 years after her death, all the clothes, personal objects and artefacts owned by Frida were locked away, according her husband’s wishes. Once this enforced isolation was up they were exhibited in Mexico City from 2004 and are now finally on tour, stopping before anywhere else in London at the V&A.

It’s time for Art Model Collective to finally embrace this popular life drawing classic and plunge deep inside Frida’s wonderful mind, to express our endless respect and admiration for the woman and artist, using this fascinating exhibition at the V&A as the perfect excuse. Let’s celebrate Frida in our own unique way, with the reproduction of her less emblematic painterly in a way that has become Carla and Manko’s signature style – our regular public displays of affection towards the arts.

Frida’s colours and visual references are a divine celebration of her very Mexican sense of femininity, her prolific and surreal imagery a constant fight against anything that could oppress her determination to be intensely alive through her joys, believes, fears and torments.

We will create our homage using Frida’s most important legacies and by avoiding the obvious, committing instead to creating a tableaux vivant that will be as tragic, as it will be inspiring and emotionally liberating. You can expect readings – with a Spanish accent – of her poems by our very own South American model, Carla, as well as a very energetic and passionate playlist, and a set filled with words, blood, flowers, love, hate and all of Kahlo’s visual obsessions.

But ultimately you can expect a powerful connection with the Frida Mania that will be engulfing London during the height of summer.

Even if you have already been to any of the many Frida sessions held around London before now, please come to this one too: A character, personality and presence the size of Frida’s deserves as many celebrations as possible and – we promise – you won’t forget this one.
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Location: Unit 3 Holyrood court, Holyrood street, SE1 2EL, London Bridge
(just behind our usual Underdog Gallery)

Admission: £15 on the door

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

All levels welcome.

Hosted by Jason Atomic

AMC presents BOYS LOVE: queer multi-model life drawing

On this extraordinary evening, AMC introduce our followers to a pair of gorgeous male guest models!

In this session curated by Carla, two professional models Riccardo and António – partners in performance, in crime and in love,- will share with us their lust for life in a fabulous display of passion and affection.

This session will shine the Underdog Gallery’s lights on the intimacy and complicity of two models who are, in both their personal and public life, as devoted to each other as they are to the objects of their pleasures and desires.

First they will invite the artist into their dressing room, offering a rare and privileged opportunity to spy on a moment of intense intimacy. They will be posing as artists draw them in meticulous preparation. You will glimpse them doing their make up and trying on fabulous pieces of clothing, in a relaxing yet intoxicating atmosphere full of anticipation.

This moment of intimacy will be followed by the chance to capture them in all their splendour, as they strike a pose ready to be the owners of the night.

From these two beautiful models and alternative quirky performers, we should expect nothing less than splendid, eclectic and luminous outfits, extravagant accessories, red lipstick and flexible poses in high heels – they are, by far and away, the best styled double act on the queer scene!

Boy, you can’t possibly miss this!

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Hosted by Carla Tofano

Admission: £15 on the door

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

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.

AMC Sunday sessions: vintage fashion illustration at RQV

For those who can’t make our weekday sessions, our friends at Rocket Queen Vintage have kindly invited us to create a VINTAGE FASHION life drawing event in the heart of Hackney again.

Join us for this luxuriously long, fun, relaxed and stylish multi-model, multi-outfit session on Sunday 13th of May, 5-8pm!

Two models will be styled by Lisa Marie, Miss Rocket Queen herself, in spectacular curated capsule collection of vintage pieces she will be bringing back from her market trips to France and Hungary.

Models will change outfits for every pose, ranging from 10 to 30mins.

Hosted by Jason Atomic and Rachel Freire

Admission: £15 on the door
Free art materials available
BYOB

 

Art Model Collective is 2 years old!

This MayDay Art Model Collective turned two years old!

It’s a challenge to describe how brilliant it feels to see the love project of your deepest sentiment grow and flourish so successfully in two short years. Due are the heartfelt thanks to our supporters, collaborators, accommodators, assistants, comrades and everyone who found us curious and worthy to capture in their sketchbooks, canvases, monoprints; in charcoal, ink, oil, wire, iPads; and most importantly, we thank our artists for casting their keen eyes onto our efforts to create the best experience of life drawing that we, as life models, would bring true passion to create – and break our backs and necks – to bring to London’s flourishing and diverse life drawing scene.

Art Model Collective began as a life drawing revolution movement that brings the profit straight to the models rather than organisers. Therefore, as extremely hard-working artists models, we specifically chose to celebrate the International Workers Day aspect of 1 May.

Art Model Collective:  Manko and Carla, Rosie Riveter tribute

One of our inspirations for the celebratory session was the legendary American image of “Rosie The Riveter”, arguably the most feminist picture in the history of feminism.

Beyonce did itAmy Schumer did it, as did thousands of women in a Guinness World Record attempts.

Check out this article about the woman behind the iconic poster. It’s wonderfully telling about our favourite topic, which we plan to address in the future AMC endeavours – the women as subject in arts:

“In 1942, a photographer snapped a picture of then 20-year-old Naomi Parker-Fraley, wearing her favorite red and white polka dot bandana while she worked on a turret lathe at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California.

After the photo was first taken, it appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. “I even got fan mail!” she recalls with a laugh. It also caught the eye of J. Howard Miller, the artist who designed the famous WWII-era “We can do it!” Rosie poster.

Parker-Fraley didn’t realize the picture had been misattributed until 2009, when she visited the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. There, she saw an exhibit displaying her photograph as the poster’s inspiration but the wrong name was listed in the caption. “I couldn’t believe it because it was me in the photo, but there was somebody else’s name in the caption,” she remembers.”

The birthday session was laden with cakes, revolutionary soundtracks, presents and “happy birthday” song echoing through the Underdog Gallery!

Art Model Collective anniversary on MayDay 2018

Art Model Collective Rosie the Riveter: models Manko, Carla and Sara Kuan

Full house at Underdog Gallery

One of Art Model Collective ambitions it to bring the proper accreditation to the women featured in the works of art (so please credit us, as we always do with the artists we passionately promote on our social media).

AMC Rosie The Riveter pose – artwork by John Carbery, Aaron Jacob Jones, Codeture, Frank Gambino, and Martin Alton

Finally, keep the legend going! “Rosie” fans can find a Rosie the Riveter Action Figure, books and even socks online.

Power To The People! Life drawing on International Workers Day

MayDay is a date of a huge importance to AMC, and this theme was chosen by us in a considered and symbolic way. The 1st of May is an ancient European spring festival…one that Art Model Collective celebrated in its very FIRST session two years ago!

However, 1st of May has also been a focal point for demonstrations by various international socialist, communist and anarchist groups. This May Day Art model Collective will celebrate their sentiment and aesthetic.

On May 1st 1886 American workers went on strike in order to fight or an eight hour working day and bring to an end the unsafe working practices. Socialists and trade unionists around the world chose May 1 to become International Workers’ Day.

Since then it has become known as Labour Day, Workers’ Day or May Day – an annual celebration for the working classes and labourers, promoted by the international labour movement.

Our models – Carla and Manko – will be standing strong and proud amongst all the symbols that have made the labour-inspired art so relevant when it comes to expressing International solidarity towards the struggle of the proletariat.

For this session, the aesthetic of propaganda posters by the Soviet Communist Party will sit alongside colourful American Pop Art in order to portray a modern industrial landscape. Two subversive female workers will stand – tools aloft, chests out and chins up – urging people to fight for their freedom giving POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

It promises to be a blast, as well as the perfect opportunity to immerse yourselves into some humorous and political illustrations. Red will feature strongly in this session, so come prepared!

Please join our Life Drawing Revolution and bring your combative spirit to fill your sketch books with Labour Day images – in perfect preparation for the Local Elections which take place on May 3rd – don’t forget to use your vote!

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Bar, evocative soundtrack, two models, 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.

Hosted by Jason Atomic