This started off as a response to a post on the speed painting thread and didn't seem appropriate for that forum. Any feedback from veterans or otherwise on what you need for an open drawing session and how to make it a good one would be appreciated. Comments on models. equipment and format would be great.Pictures of your set ups or other peoples set ups would be helpful.
Any talk about your own sessions or sessions you attend would be great. What do you think works? Doesn't work? How could it be made better? Cost? Things to watch out for?
Mostly I need help to show that it's doable and well worth doing,combined with good instruction, good books,and hard work it's a great way to take it to another level. Anyones feedback or questions is welcomed on this.
Because of the nature of this post there's some nudity below.
eljay- We pay our models 15$ an hr. You need to have a clean open space, we rent the basement of a Co-op gallery for $25 a session used to be$20, they helped us out until we got established, we store all our equipmentOriginally posted by eljay
Bojee - thanks! Thats a good idea, theres a college on the otherside of town from me and a dance school acros the street. I think I could get enoughf people to go in on this where it might work. What do you pay your models? How do you go about setting it up? I mean, did you make flyers or somthing? I think I would feel awkward just showing up at the dance studio and just asking around... hummm .. I gues the flyer thing sounds good... Thanks for the idea, I think im going to try it.
there during the week. If you had it at say the Art department of the college maybe you wouldn't need the equipment. You need a model stand to get your model off the ground, about a foot tall and say maybe 4ft x 6ft wide, cover the top with carpet(something neutral). Space heater for the model in case they get cold, maybe fan in the summer.
The more you you get established you'll need drawing benches or easels that suround the model stand and then your going to need lighting, something you can adjust.Maybe a couple of stools at different heights for longer poses.
If you get into painting TV trays are great for holding up your palletes to the right height ( they're cheap too), and props and drapery are helpful and can lead to different places. A lot of this can be makeshift but you'll start to know what you need as you go.
It sounds like a lot but just start small and work your way up. Flyers or anything printed works best for getting models cause it makes you look more professional/legit. If you talk to the people at the dance studio just explain what your trying to do and why, and your looking for people that are comfortable with their body, move well, and that are able to express emotion or character.
Know the format of your drawing session ahead of time, meaning the timing. This'll help you to get established as well cause people will know what to expect and start to come back on a regular basis, include the schedule on anything you hand out or post. A contact # is helpful too. http://www.hipbonestudio.com/htmls/opendrwg.html
Here's an example of our format.
Life Drawing Sessions
Lyle Silver,and Aaron Coberly are now coordinating life drawing sessions at the Gallery. For a very nominal fee, a professional model is provided for three hour sessions on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The Saturday session is held from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Aaron Coberly has scheduled a monthly rotation schedule for the Saturday sessions:
$6.00 for a three hour session!
1st Saturday - 1rst hr = all 1min gestures 2nd hr 2 minute gestures 3rd hr = ten 5 minute poses
2nd Saturday - 1rst hr = all 1min gestures 2nd hr 2 minute gestures 3rd hr = ten 5 minute poses
3rd Saturday - 3hr = three 50 minute poses
4th Saturday - 3hr = one pose all session
5th Saturday - 3hr = one pose all session
Call Aaron Coberly at 206.285-**** or
Alan Rushing at 206.284-**** for information.
The popular Sunday session runs from 10 AM to 1 PM. For additional information, Lyle Silver can be reached at 206.246-****.
Lyle Silver's Figure Drawing Session
Sundays 10 AM to 1 PM
30 minutes of 2 minute Gestures
1 20 minute pose
4 22 1/2 minute poses
This is a great opportunity for all levels to improve their drawing skills. Drop-in artists are welcome to participate.
Always looking for models, actors, dancers, gymnasts and anyone who can portray strong emotion. Must have energy and attitude!!! Please call Aaron at 206.285-****
This is an idea of what we have on our flyer and what's on the website. Prices vary all around the country but everything else is similar. Depends on your costs, but try to make it accessible to everyone.
I've included both classical set ups and newer set ups in the pictures so you get an idea of the range of posibilities. Some of these are ideals.
Pictures of other set ups would be great. Please post them here. I'll post pictures of ours soon.
Hope that helps.