Fife artists unable to teach during pandemic offer online nude drawing classes
Artist-tutors Kirsty Whiten, from Craigrothie, and Jennifer Robson, from Ladybank, have created in-depth video tutorials and high-quality model videos for students to practice as classes have been unable to meet during the pandemic.
They’ve now made it available to anyone to enjoy life drawing at their own space and at their own pace.
BOW, which stands for Body of Work, classes start on April 19, is suitable for total beginners - or anyone who is feeling a little rusty or unsure of their drawing ability.
Both artists have impressive skills and reputation for their own figurative artwork, and their trusted techniques and passion for drawing the human figure are shared in warm and encouraging videos from their studios.
Jennifer said: “We think it’s important to address your emotional and psychological experience of drawing, too often the inevitable difficulties of being creative are lonely and frustrating, competitive and even traumatic!
"Our approach is a shared drawing session, where each individual is encouraged to be brave and bold, and overcome their own particular hurdles.
“The community that’s building up around the courses is very supportive and friendly, and the progress that people make with that at their back is phenomenal.”
Kirsty adds: “Drawing from life takes so much concentration, it’s all about being very present and alive to what’s here, right now.
“It’s so therapeutic to set aside time to be mindful and creative like this, especially because of the isolation we’ve all been experiencing.
"There has been exciting things happening online and I have been able to teach people from all over the world – it’s really quite exciting!”
The course covers all of the basic skills from figure drawing, through measuring, quality of line, and tonal drawing.
The course also gives guidance for trying out different materials from charcoal and graphite to soy sauce and tea bags – making the most of what people have in the house during lockdown.
In this course, participants get the feel of a real drawing studio in the comfort and safety of your home, work at their own pace, and become part of a supportive and friendly community.