There are two big Makart exhibitions in Vienna right now. Künstlerische Volkshochschule organised a life drawing workhshop one evening in one of the exhibitions at the lower Belvedere: Makart - Painter of the senses.
I was lucky enough to get a place. Just imagine spending an evening in a closed exhibition, being free to examine all the wonderfull paintings without crowds and then sitting in front of this:
and have a model pose for life drawing. We did three long poses, which gave people unfamiliar with live drawing like myself the chance to get successfull drawings.
The first pose was about 30 minutes, we used charecoal on brown paper and were very well coached by a teacher who not only went over the basics for all of us quite quickly but thoroughly, but also drew attention of each of us to areas of our own sketches which were not correct.
I quite enjoyed the way we were taught, the atmosphere of the whole class was very relaxed but oh, so concentrated.
We were watched of course the whole time by guards, for whom this whole event was also something new. Till the end of the two hour class they had relaxed considerably and probably realised that none of us would attack the paintings, and were not only quite curious about our drawings but paid generous compliments as well.
During the evening it was announced that two more evenings would be organised. I am quite miffed that I will not be able to attend, as I have events for my job on both, I can not get out of. Attending a weekly class in life drawing next school year at KHV is very high on the list of things to plan and think about though.
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