Rural Arts event shows vitality of life drawing

The exhibition at Rural Arts in The Old Courthouse, Thirsk.
The exhibition at Rural Arts in The Old Courthouse, Thirsk.

A NEW exhibition at Rural Arts in Thirsk aims to show the importance of life drawing to the practice of art, displaying recent work by Thirsk based WEA students.

Rosie Skaife d’Ingerthorpe, WEA art tutor at the Old Courthouse, said: “Life drawing underpins all art. Working with a life model, you can capture the gravity and life force that is absent when working from photographs.

“This is not just important for figure drawing, but all design.”

The students exhibiting come from all walks of life, including retired surgeons, writers and college students.

The course gives them a chance to work with professional life drawing models, gaining skills they can take in many different artistic directions.

Ken Blakeson, one of the WEA students, said: “I came to this life class because I have always drawn, and I wanted to learn to do it properly.

“The class has given me new friends, some expertise, the chance to draw a live model, and a lot of laughs.”

The show also includes sculptures by Mandy Long, whose work based on the human body complements the other artwork on display.

The exhibition is on at Rural Arts in The Old Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk until October 27.

Life drawing and painting classes begin again tomorrow, Saturday, October 1, with four one-day sessions.

Drawing and painting classes start on October 3, running over eight morning sessions.

Both courses are open to anyone over 18.

To book a place on the courses, or for more information, call WEA on 0113 245 3304.