5 Reasons to love City Life Drawing at the Sol Gallery

Over the years one of my favourite things to do of a Thursday evening in Dublin city centre is attending the life drawing group at the Sol Gallery. Run by Keith Dollin this is a self directed art class. Meaning there is no tuition, simply a model, a venue and an eclectic group of artists drawing and painting together. It is held in the beautiful, white, high ceilinged exhibition room on the first floor of the gallery, at No. 8, Dawson Street. 

Now this art group is run in various guises on several week day evenings but the Thursday evening is my personal favourite for 5 reasons:

  1. It is an untaught class. I understand this does not suit everybody. I mean, I myself teach art for a living. But for me 2 hours of  uninterrupted drawing in the silent company of fellow artists is sheer bliss.
  2. The Thursday night is a long pose drawing session. I prefer to draw slowly and carefully. Ideally a 4 day pose but this will do. After 10 quick 1 minute warm up sketches, the model settles in for a longer 20 minute pose. If it’s your first time going a quick tip is take your time. The model assumes the same pose for 3 x sittings. I did not realise this on my first attendance.
  3. The venue: is so handy, located in the city centre, it’s not freezing (as some drawing studios can be), and there is always art on the walls. 7 o’clock is such a handy time. You don’t arrive rushed and starved after work.
  4. The Thursday group is not crowded. The other life drawing classes with perhaps quicker poses or taught classes are so popular but the Thursday group is often quieter. Arrive early to get a good seat. (Maybe I shouldn’t share this post and potentially populate my favourite life drawing class)
  5. It’s social and inspirational. Everyone shares and views each others work at the end of the drawing session. It’s inspiring to see the different styles and how each artist captures the portrait. The model poses in the middle so she or he is captured from different angles. After the drawing there is an option to join the group for a drink in The Duke.

For more info check out City Life Drawing on Meetup.

 

Join Art Academy at an Evening of Art and Cocktails at Hennessy Lost Fridays

 

 

Hi everyone,

Happy Monday. If you enjoy art and cocktails know that The Hennessy Lost Fridays return to The Royal Hibernian Academy on 03rd of March 2017.

“Experience an Unforgettable Night of Cocktails, Colour and Creativity” it promises. So there is live music, live interactive art, poetry, DJ’s, art exhibitions and even two Hennessy cocktails included with your ticket. The wonderful Coppa Cafe is serving food on the night.

Art Academy has a fantastic art themed bookclub we host once a month in Coppa Cafe at the RHA. A fun relaxed evening discussing a different art based novel in good company. We will be attending The Lost Friday event on the 03rd of March. If you fancy popping along with us you are welcome (Over 21’s). I have made an event on Meetup where you can RSVP once you buy a ticket.

Tickets are available on eventbright: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/rha-hennessy-lost-friday-tickets-31642225749

We’ll meet at the cafe at 7pm. If you are coming later, no problem.

I’l look forward to seeing you there.

Sheila x