Seattle life drawing classes?
May 27, 2009 1:02 PM   Subscribe

i am trying to find a life drawing session to regularly attend in seattle. what are reasonable metrics for determining what is a "good" life drawing session? is there any reason, for example, that i should be dropping mad scrills to go draw at the Gage?
posted by beefetish to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
um, from the classes i've been to, i can't see what would distinguish one life drawing class as better than another. i mean, you register, you show up, every week there is a new person, they change their poses at intervals through out the evening, you draw, you might get some crit and/or suggestions from the instructor, and you go home. end of story.
posted by violetk at 2:09 PM on May 27, 2009

Best answer: You want a range of poses and times-- the one I've found (in Chicago, sorry), does 4 5 minutes, 2 10s, 2 15s, a 25, and a long pose filling the rest of the time (45 minutes to an hour), with breaks for the model after the 10s, the 15s and the 25, and in the middle of the long pose. There's another club that has a 6 hour pose spanning 2 session (3 and 3). Some models are better than others, know how to strike and hold a pose, know how to make a pose interesting from all angles, and know how to create good shadow. The really good ones learn who likes faces and who likes hands and who likes backs and who likes perspective and will pose to accommodate (very rare).

I guess it depends on what you like. I like short poses, so I find classes that focus on those. I tried the double-session long pose and it bored me to tears. Try a bunch of different ones and go back to the one you like (you'll likely find the same models at all of them). Within a reasonable drive of my house in Chicago there are 5 different clubs and organizations doing figure sessions, so I had a lot to choose from.

Have fun; I love figure class.
posted by nax at 3:59 PM on May 27, 2009

There's a Life Drawing Meetup in Seattle.
posted by lemuria at 5:26 PM on May 27, 2009

If you don't find any classes you like, get a room at a public library or comparable community space and start your own. The "community critique" method works pretty well, and it's easy to find experienced figure models around a university by posting flyers.

If you find a good venue and it all clicks, you might even consider making money yourself.
posted by aquafortis at 6:04 PM on May 27, 2009

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