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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
The book for the March Art Academy Bookclub chosen by Nika is “The Art of Rivilary by Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists—Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon—whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred them to new creative heights.”
An ecclectic mix of artists to suit all interests there. Available on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Hodges & F, on sale on the Book depository and all usual suspects I’d imagine. I’ll pop links at the end of the post.
Our bookclub meets on the second Wednesday of the month in Coppa cafe at the RHA. Occasionally we will attend an art exhibition or event together. There is a fun such event on March 3rd in the RHA. All are very welcome. Art Academy Bookclub is a fun, relaxed event enjoying art, reading, a coffee / glass of wine/ bite in great company.
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Rivalry-Friendships-Betrayals-Breakthroughs/dp/0812994809 https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Art-of-Rivalry-Sebastian-Smee/9781781251652?ref=grid-view https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-art-of-rivalry/sebastian-smee/9781781251652
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.
Art Academy run an art themed bookclub once a month on the second Wednesday of the month. We meet at 6pm – 9pm in the lovely Coppa Cafe at the front of the RHA located just off St. Stephen’s Green.
Each month we choose a different art themed book to read for the next month. It’s quite an informal get together, so don’t worry if you don’t finish (or even start) the book you are still welcome along.
Some of the books we have read so far are:
There is no charge of admission or subscription to the bookclub, it’s a fun, free, friendly art event. Each month the new book is posted on Meetup. I will link below. And (if I think of it) I will also post here on the website.
Also if you have read a great art themed novel, please let me know, always on the lookout for a new arty read.
I have just popped my donation of a tiny oil painting in the post to Jack and Jill for their “Incognito” fundraiser. However I can’t share an image of it just yet because as the exhibition name suggests, the artists identities remain anonymous until after they are sold.
This fun art initiative, will see 1500 postcard-size pieces of art exhibited at the Solomon Gallery in Dublin on April 2016 and also online. Each piece will sell of fifty euro, with the artists signature revealed after purchase. Have fun guessing who painted which piece. You never know you may pick up a piece by a very well known artist if you have a sharp eye.
All of the proceed are going to Jack & Jill. They have just collected all the art but I’ll leave a link below so you can have a peek when they go online.
Jack & Jill is calling for artists to participate in its newest arts initiative entitled ‘Incognito’