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.

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

El Día de Los Muertos life drawing & ritual with AMC

El día de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration that is a wonderful example of Latin American religious syncretism. It is a celebration that coincides with a catholic festivity, but which is also larger than life and universally loved, thanks to its bold mix of pop culture, Christian dogma and mind blowing pre-Columbus traditions and beliefs.

When the concept of Catholic sin meets the Aztec glorification of death and the dead, a colourful and perfectly profane celebration like ‘El dia de los Muertos’ comes about, allowing people to enjoy life whilst at the same time paying a happy, colourful tribute to those no longer alive.

Tonight you are invited to a party in our place of residence, the underdog gallery, because ‘mi casa es tu casa’. You are welcome – indeed, encouraged – to bring ‘ofrendas’ – candles, notes, drawings – specially made to remember your loved ones who are no longer trapped in their humans bodies, but still fiercely alive in your heart and beautifully present in spirit.

As a special bonus during the last five minutes of the session – once you have finished drawing the skull faced Carla and Manko – your host Jason Atomic, will guide you in drawing from heart and memory the face of the person – or people – you miss the most.

You will then be able to leave your drawings on AMC’s specially made altar, honouring the wonderful celebration, the aesthetically stunning, the soulful and meaningful, El día de los Muertos.

As always we will, of course, have the perfect playlist, as eclectic as the cultural backgrounds within AMC itself! Expect lots of Mexican cumbias mixed up with latin hip hop and anglo rock and roll!

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Tickets:
£15 in advance at artmodelcollective.bigcartel.com/product/el-dia-de-los-muertos-life-drawing-ritual-with-amc
Or £20 cash on the door

All levels welcome
Bar, table spaces and some easels. Free paper and art materials courtesy by Great Art.

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.

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 at GreatArt: Blade Runner in-store session!

Art Model Collective are thrilled to start a sponsorship deal with GreatArt, London’s best art megastore.
To celebrate the beginning of this exciting partnership, we are bringing a FREE public life drawing session to the GreatArt store in Shoreditch!

Carla and Manko will design a dramatic dynamic costumed drawing session after the classical Blade Runner characters, Rachael and Pris.

The interactive expressive multi-model poses will be set in the “doodling” corner inside the store, and all GreatArt customers are welcome to join in this 3 hour event for free!

We hope to see you there!

https://www.greatart.co.uk/