Life models are one of the best means by which artists learn how to draw; the human body providing the ultimate complexity as well as being alive and energetic. Experienced artists keep in practise by drawing life models regularly. Usually a life model poses alone, sometimes with another model; however at this Spirited Bodies event models will pose in a group of up to 20. Some poses are timed with longer poses offering plenty of stretch breaks; others are freestyle, with models choosing for themselves when to change pose.
Spirited Bodies have done 12 events so far, all of which have taken place in
This is their first venture beyond! They are extremely excited to be invited to
Edinburgh by .
As well as the main event, a run up of preparation events during a visit in
late July and just before the September date are being scheduled. A
presentation of what Spirited Bodies does will take place on Tuesday July 23rd
at 7pm (venue tbc), and a life modelling and drawing workshop will take place
at The Arts Complex on Thursday 25th July (Room 518), 7 – 9pm. All
events are free and women-only meet ups (just to ask questions and discuss the
life modelling) as well as practical workshops will be available (please ask). Ragged University
Artwork and photographs from a similar event last year at Battersea Arts Centre can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/londondrawing/sets/72157629301000801/
It should be noted that photographs of models are never taken at workshops, and at events it is only with models’ consent.
People come to model with Spirited Bodies to experience being nude with others in a relaxed but ritualised environment, for the creation of art. They want to embrace their own nudity, face body issues and feel the warmth of human bonding in a way our society rarely offers; to be seen as a work of art and have the opportunity to express oneself in moments of silence and stillness.
From overcoming eating disorders, celebrating the joy of losing weight, adapting to a post-teenage body, rehabilitating after illness, addressing ageist stereotypes, rediscovering one's beauty post-divorce and making new friends to being a part in the process of creating art - Spirited Bodies offers something for everyone.
Models aged 18 upwards are accepted, from all backgrounds and ethnicities, and differently-abled people are welcome. No previous experience or skills are necessary. Life drawing shows well how beauty is in the diversity of the human form. Spirited Bodies is a powerful antidote to the familiar bombardment of media doctored images, by bringing real people to the fore. Led by 4 professional life models Spirited Bodies offers preparation workshops where participants are guided through a series of short poses (up to 15 minutes), and pose with one or two other models. Posing technique is discussed in a more informal setting than the actual event, and posing clothed is fine too. Artists are also invited to attend workshops and events to draw, and everyone is encouraged to draw at a workshop when not posing. It does not matter if you ‘cannot draw’, it just helps to understand what the model is for, and appreciate that trying to capture the human form on paper is not easy. Drawing materials are provided.
More information is available at www.spiritedbodies.com. DSpirited Bodies Facebook page as well as Spirited Bodies on Meetup - http://www.meetup.com/Spirited-Bodies/ - (useful for signing up to workshops). Contact info.spiritedbodies@gmail for inquiries.o check out the
A crowd-funding project for this series of
Edinburgh events will be created in due
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