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)

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

 

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

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!

Evoke Archetypes: drawing Tarot with Gene Serene

In 2017, Art Model Collective started creating a series of collaborative multi-model life drawing events, recreating some of the major arcana of Tarot cards.

Evoke Archetypes

EVOKE ARCHETYPES is an ongoing project by Gene Serene, Berlin-based singer/songwriter and our guest of this session, whom we have been most lucky to invite during her London visits to hail us with an original soundtrack, indepth research, magick and insight of Evoking Archetypes for our London audience or artists.

Art Model Collective: Evoke Archetypes with Gene Serene

Evoke Archetypes session with Gene Serene

Many artists, such as Salvador Dali, have drawn their own decks of Tarot Cards. Carla and Manko invited a plethora of talented models and built sets to bring to life the powerful archetypes of Major Arcana, posing for the audience of artists in classical Tarot poses and costumes.

Art Model Collective Evoke Archetypes: Strength. Photo by Toby Deveson

Art Model Collective Tarot life drawing: The Devil. Evoke Archetypes with Gene Serene

Art Model Collective Tarot life drawing: The Devil with Manko, Carla and Christopher. Photo by Jason Atomic

art model collective tarot evoke archetypes manko carla angel

Fool – High Priestess – Magician (Manko-Carla-Angel). Photos by Drucilla Burrell

Genie, the concept designer of Evoke Archetypes project, is also truly a very thorough spiritual and musical host of these sessions. Prior to the sessions, she performs a Tarot reading, allowing the cards from Major Arcana to decide which characters we shall bring to life on stage. Before we begin the session, Genie sets up her altar and purifies the space of the event with incantations, bells, sage and salt.

Gene Serene card reading for the line-up of Evoke Archetypes IV

Genie says:

“I first stumbled upon the tarot as a young girl and since have been fascinated by the history, many attributes and allegory as well as the tarots more widely understood uses as a tool for self development, divination and spiritual communication.

Last year I began my artists residency in Berlin and focused on the Major Arcana. I began working with these themes with the idea to compose and design a series of symbols, composing music, and marked on a study of these powerful archetypal energies.

Joining forces with Art Model Collective allowed me not only to study these archetypes, but bring them to life, create a space and an environment where the Major Arcana are not just a series of images or philosophy, but really bring them into the physical world.

Gene Serene with Art Model Collective at Underdog Gallery

Artists are thereby given a wonderful and unique opportunity to draw; music and words are written and composed, creating a setting in where these energies can be called using models as avatars symbolically posed to represent each “Card”… and so each event manifests into a journey and compete experience. I feel it allows us to be in the presence of these intangible and yet definite archetypes that lie within and without us all…

Gene Serene set and stage at Underdog Gallery

The tarot is a major path-working and development tool which can be used in so many ways, not only in its more common experience of divination, but for personal and spiritual growth. It’s  wonderful to have found this way to work with them, and an incredible experience so far.”

Art Model Collective: drawing Tarot: Tower with Gene Serene

Art Model Collective: Evoke Archetypes series with Gene Serene, Carla and Manko. The Tower, photo by Jason Atomic

So far, we’ve evoked these archetypes:

11 April 2017: The Fool – Magician – High Priestess.

23 May 2017: The Lovers – Death – The Devil.

26 July 2017: The World – Judgment – The Tower.

31 October 2017: Strength – Chariot – Temperance.

3 April 2018: Wheel Of Fortune – Hermit  – Emperor.

Coming up on 29 January 2019 – “DRAWING TAROT: Best Of” session with Manko and Carla at Underdog Gallery

Some of the Tarot Archetypes we have evoked so far…

AMC Tarot: Hermit with Mike Flight. Photo by Manko

AMC Tarot: Emperor with Mike Flight, Manko and Carla. Photo by Jason Atomic

AMC Tarot: Wheel Of Fortune with models Manko and Carla. Photo by Jason Atomic