Tonight we will have an evening of life drawing with one of our excellent male models.
All artists, of all abilities are very welcome to join us. Although the group is untutored, support, advice and inspiration are never in short supply if you're new to drawing, or lack a little confidence.
5 minute study of a male model from a previous visit (artist - Me!)
We will again be using our Studio quality lighting to create dramatic sculptural shadows and give more opportunity to artists to create work that is bold and punchy.
Basic materials are provided free of charge, boards, paper, pencils, graphite, charcoal, plus various kinds of large paper including some which is coloured.
We also now have a supply of "posh paper" if you want something better to draw on and keep. It's A2 sized in black, white or grey. It's a good quality heavyweight cartridge at just 20p per sheet.
If you are a first time life drawer, or lack confidence, then send me a message before you attend and we'll hook you up with a "buddy" for your first evening. They will help to show you the ropes and ease you in gently. Life drawing is an inclusive discipline where the desire to have a go at making art is all you need to kick off - the talent and confidence you probably covet can be found later!
Drawing ends around 9:30 which allows time for a drink or two and a chat afterwards.
As well as RSVP'ing for yourself please RSVP for any guests you're bringing with you (only 1 guest per RSVP), the room is limited in numbers and I don't want to deny anybody the chance to have a great evening with us because the numbers are bigger than we can accommodate! If for any reason after RSVP'ing you cannot attend (right up until the event starts), please change the RSVP to "No" - this may allow someone else to attend who otherwise would miss out!
A little history on the Reading room, our venue.
Husborne Crawley Reading Room was built in 1894 by the Duke of Bedford. It was primarily used as a meeting place by the Band of Hope. This was a temperance organisation for working-class children, which was founded in Leeds in 1847. All members took a pledge of total abstinence and were taught the 'evils of drink'. Members were enrolled from the age of six and met once a week to listen to lectures and participate in activities.
Up to the 1950s and the advent of Television, the Reading Room was the centre of village life. During and after the Second World War, many dances, whist drives, bingo sessions etc. were held on a regular basis. In 1953 a branch of the Women's Institute was opened which ran successfully until it was disbanded in 2004.
During the 1970s the room was used as an Annex to Husborne Crawley School.
The hall was eventually used less and less as there was very little money to pay for repairs and updating of the kitchen and toilet facilities.
A new committee was formed to arrest the decline of this fabulous building and in 2004 the Reading Room was restored. It is now used by many organisations who appreciate the very special atmosphere of this historic hall.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.