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Topolski Life Drawing
Topolski Studio holds art historically inspired weekly life drawing sessions that examine how artists across history have used mental as well as manual techniques to solve the problem of representing the figure.
Our sessions alternate between Historical Technique – drawing from artists such as Michelangelo and Ingres to Oskar Schlemmer and Paul Klee - followed by a session of Moving and Short Poses from that artist’s work, and Anatomy, followed by a Grand Master Long Pose which provides an opportunity to practise the anatomical features covered in the previous week.
We are a gender sensitive community that is constantly evolving, and our sessions welcome all people – from art students to enthusiasts and professionals – who wish to hone and refresh their graphic knowledge of the human form.
Inspired by our location in master draughtsman Feliks Topolski’s inspirational South Bank Studio, we seek to revive his commitment not only to continual drawing but also for throwing open his studio door and welcoming all intrigued with art-making to share in his passion. In ode to the technical rigour and classical training that enabled his fluid and prolific sketching, our classes dissect aspects of capturing the body in a number of contexts so that participants can confidently extend their practice beyond the studio.
Tuition emphasises hands-on experimentation guided by short demonstrations that explore techniques for looking as well as different stylistic solutions deployed throughout the history of art. No one style or naturalism is propounded, but all are welcome to play and experiment as we examine the mechanics of the body and artistic eye alike.