These are some quick studies done during last week's figure session. We had one three-hour pose, but I was more in the mood for sketching, so I did several of them. Since the room was not crowded I was able to move my easel around as needed.
The open sessions are held on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 - 4:30pm, and right now until end of September, we are doing long poses.
I teach my figure class on Thursday mornings, during which time I work with the students on their paintings. Three hours of that, and by the time afternoon rolls around, I am really itching to get at a piece of blank canvas.
I scheduled these open sessions on the same day as my classes, so if a student wants to practice what they've learned, they can just stick around and paint for another three hours in the afternoon. After all, we don't better if we don't practice. As one of the excuses I hear often is that they don't have the opportunities to paint from a live model, we are providing that opportunity.
That sounds righteous, but actually *I* want to be able to practice painting from live models regularly, so that's why we're doing it. If my students and other artists (it's open to all) benefit from the sessions, great! But honestly, I'm just doing it for selfish reasons.
I teach figure drawing and painting in three-months rotations, so I had this idea to do the open sessions in the same format; if I'm teaching painting, we do long poses in the afternoons. If I'm teaching drawing, we do short poses in the afternoons.
It works out pretty well. Though I do tend to miss what we're not doing. I feel guilty not practicing my gesture drawings during the three months of painting sessions. I can make excuses why I can't do this or that, but I don't believe any of it, so it's no good. I'll just have to do something about it.
These sketches are painted on Arches paper, 9 x 12. I do like the surface for sketching. I have not used it for anything beyond sketches and studies, but I might try that in the near future.
If you live in the Sacramento area, you are welcome to attend the open sessions. Bring your portable easels and materials, we'll provide the model. I know sometimes it's intimidating to go to a new figure session, especially if you don't have a lot of experience, but we're a friendly bunch here at the School, and we don't bite. Besides, if "I don't have enough experience" is your excuse, how else are you going to gain experience? So come paint with me~
Figure Open Sessions
Thursday Afternoons, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
$10 / session
July - September: Long poses (3hr)
October - December: Short poses (2 - 20min)
The School of Light and Color
10030 Fair Oaks Blvd
Fair Oaks, CA 95628