A life drawing class that focuses on body positivity and diversity launches tomorrow evening at The Fourth Corner in Dublin 8. The programme, All Bodies, is a new life-drawing series that works with models who are representative of the full spectrum of body types in the community.
All Bodies believes that everybody is a work of art. Their goal is to give people a platform to be seen and heard and to also build up a community of people who want to talk about drawing. The class will focus on both the model’s body and personality, as a dialogue between the participants and the model are actively encouraged.
The project’s creator, Ailbhe O’Connor spoke to GCN about All Bodies and the importance of diversity and body positivity when it comes to life drawing:
“For the most part, we will be focusing on the form. But as image makers, I think there is a responsibility on us to ensure that those images are diverse and that the learning you build up through observation when drawing doesn’t just apply to a certain type of form.
“When I did a call out for models, I was looking for models who felt like their body type was under or misrepresented in the mainstream. The response I got was overwhelming, there are a lot of people out there with something to say about representation.
“So I decided to add a Q&A section to the session so that there can be a conversation between the image-maker and those being drawn. I will be asking our models to clad themselves and pose the way they want to be portrayed for the longer poses, so I am anticipating lots of power stances!”
Beginners are welcome, and all drawing materials will be provided. Participants are encouraged to stick around afterwards to continue the conversation over a drink.
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