Art comes to life

2017-07-26 06:03
Courteney Ellish modeled for USCAA’s live painting session last Saturday.Photo: supplied

Courteney Ellish modeled for USCAA’s live painting session last Saturday.Photo: supplied

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THE Upper South Coast Art Association (USCAA) hosted its popular monthly drawing class last Saturday.

The class was based on live drawing and demonstrator and accomplished artist Mary Slack shared her expertise on mixed-media collages and transfers.

“We found that live drawing is appealing to people, normally we would work off photographs and pictures, not a live model.”

A total of 21 people of the community — some artists and some new members — attended the session,” said USCAA chairperson Patricia McCann.

McCann said the group first made eight, 15-second sketches to get the artists in the space of looking at something and capturing details, and then they practised left-hand and right-hand drawing.

The artists then had to draw without looking at the model and did uninterrupted line sequences.

“Artists had 20 minutes to do different poses from different angles and different vantage points.

They were given a handout of the female form to work with in their own time and to do tonal values and gestural drawings and contours,” McCann said.

For the final pose, the model posed for a 30-minute session and artists were given a semi-patterned page to work on, to fit the model onto a background design.

A friendly crit by Ritha Fenske helped the artists assess their work.

“In the afternoon, it was an honour to have Slack with us. Slack has been with Garrett Artists, a very exclusive group for accomplished artists, for 20 years.

“She explained how to do mixed-media collages and the transferring of images,” McCann said.

Slack told the artists that when one does mixed media, one has to make it into the “beauty” that you are creating.

“It is very important not to have a fixed [end] picture in mind, you have to let your soul do the drawing,” she said.

Slack will be hosting a workshop in Amanzimtoti on September 19, to a select class of 10 people. Should it not be filled by USCAA, new members can attend.

Since USCAA opened its gallery on Kingsway in February, 100 paintings have been sold and they have gained several new members.

“USCAA thanks the community for their wonderful support.

“Without the support of the community we would not be able to do the work we do,” McCann said.

For further information, contact Zelda Coetzer at 082 561 6807.


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