It has been a month since I’ve updated the blog and dear readers this is not due to lack of material but primarily due to hitting a writing/blogging block. I have lots to say but for some reason every time I sit down to write words do not come. I think my mind is still in slight hibernation mode even though the cold weather appears to have loosened its grip on the city.
The flow is coming back and my inspiration to be more creative generally was helped recently when I participated in what can only be described as the most interesting mash-up of art, performance, theatre, and drama. A few weeks ago Jen and I were invited to attend one of London Drawing‘s Drawing Theatre Events. Now, having never been to a live drawing class I didn’t know what to expect, especially one where there was also an element of performance.
The class showcased the work of Le Fil (Phillip Li) a prolific artist whose past projects include pieces for Lady Gaga, Dazed & Confused, The Irrepressibles, English National Ballet, Wallpaper and Maria Lau. Le Fil, known for his unique futuristic vision and modern interpretations of craft, fuses art, fashion, music, performance and sculpture to build a high octaine visual experience of sensuality, theatre and beauty.
With that description I was interested to see the day unfold. After a run down of the pace of the day from the organisers Anne and David the class was told to head outside to the front of the church for the performance to begin. When we went outside we were confronted by ‘the priest’ you see below in black. We then entered the church to begin.
The venue, St John’s Church Water, was perfect for this class. The interaction of the performance and the church put across dynamic and inspiring images for the class to sketch. While there was a performance going on the subjects would hold certain poses for a period of time (20-30 mins) enabling the class to capture the scene/individual.
While I enjoyed the class I have to be honest, it was also frustrating…but in the best way possible. I used to draw a lot in my school days and I used to be quite good. I haven’t drawn in many years and while I found the images inspiring I found it difficult to translate what I saw visually into a piece I really liked.
People around me were creating stunning work but I never felt out of place though. The organisers warned of this very thing at the beginning of the day and encouraged all participants to create anything, even it was a poem. We were encouraged to play around with texture, volume and colour. So while I didn’t end up with amazing work I did end up with motivation to create.
The class was a good challenge for beginners and engaging for the seasoned pro. Now I want, no need to attend some of the instructional classes and work on my drawing again.
*Jen and I were invited as guests but there was no obligation to blog about or promote the class.
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If you live in London and want to try out a theatre class for yourself:
The Drawing Theatre- At Shoreditch Town Hall
Saturday 15 June 2013
£45 all basic materials included
Suitable for all levels of ability
Shoreditch Town Hall
380 Old Street