Drawing of Shalyn. For sale here on Etsy.
The workshop I just attended was amazing – we drew a model every morning and in the afternoons we studied cadavers at Standford Medical School. What an experience. These photos are from the first day – you can see me in the pink sweater with the face mask – looking frightened. First day was freaky, mostly because of the formaldehyde smell. The next day was interesting and then each subsequent day was more and more and more interesting and I’m so glad to have had the experience. Getting a sense of the physical nature of the insertions, origins, actions, structure, function of the muscles was so valuable, although really just an intro, I have much to memorize to thoroughly benefit. I’d like to go back again – hopefully this summer.
FYI – Michael Grimaldi, instructor, pointed out on the first day that these bodies were given by their former inhabitants very consciously – these aren’t coerced or unclaimed bodies or anything. Dan pointed out that studying them really shows you how that what makes us human is the animating force, and it’s true; it was surprisingly undisturbing – I kept finding myself saying, “it’s so beautiful”.
My drawings from the workshop aren’t much to write home about, so I’ll just show the cell phone photos. The real value was in the new understanding, the curiosity sparked, the ideas I plan to pursue.
From the past six months or so.
A couple of these are at APU during December along with works from the rest of the Painters Union members.
I moderate a weekly uninstructed long pose life drawing session.
- Every Wed from 6:30 – 9:30 pm
- $10 AAC Members, $12 General, cash or check only
- Two weeks in a row (6 hours total) of the same pose.
- Held at Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St. Ashland, OR 97520
- Bring your own materials, we have easels, chairs etc. No mineral spirits, painting okay but use distilled or rectified turps.
- Questions? sarahfburns [at] gmail dot com
- I am always looking for models. No experience necessary. Just be willing to work hard and hold PERFECTLY still for three hours at a time, with breaks.