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NOVEMBER 2012 VOL 23 ISSUE #7

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CRAFTING THE MUSIC RENEE FITE

LIFE DRAWING CELEBRATES HUMAN BODY BOB W. ANDERSON

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CHC CURATOR OF HIS OWN CREATIONS JAMES PATTERSON P 35

TRANSFORMING GUNS INTO ART SUDARSAN RAGHVAN P 103


LIFE D R AW I N CELEBR HUMAN BODY by Bob W. Anderson

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“We get together to perfect our talents and practice our talent by drawing the human form.” Life drawing, which is also known as figure illustration, is depicting the human body in its most natural state: vulnerable. Because the exposed human body presents technical demonstration challenges like form, structure and foreshortening, life drawing is a popular method of training among artists on both the amateur and professional level. Aside from presenting the opportunity to practice and learn new skills, like creating the illusion of an object retreating into the background, the nude model also allows the artist to offer individual expression on human nature. Regardless of innate ability or background in the use of complicated art techniques, everyone who attends a life drawing class will seed a new skill or further development of an already proven aptitude, said Linda Reeves. She attends and serves as a contact person for the life drawing workshop held at the Cherokee Arts Center, 212 Water St. “Yes, there are some who have the natural ability, but I think anybody can develop some sort of skill,” she said. “We don’t have an instructor. It’s

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not actually a class. Basically, it’s an artists’ [help group]. No matter what their ability is, we get together to perfect our talents and practice our talent by drawing the human form.” Workshop participant Jerald Petersen said artists around the world have been sketching models to help develop their skills and ability. “You don’t get many opportunities [to have access to a life drawing class],” he said. “That’s what artists do, [though, is practice their art.] You can do it a number of ways. There are various approaches, various schools about how to do it. [There’s] the old classical way of teaching, so in the modern stuff, you get strange results sometimes.” The Cherokee Arts Center has been identified as a place where artists on every level can come together to share in the experience of imaginative creation. The life drawing workshop, which is held at the center every other Friday night when the group is able to meet, underscores what the building represents.


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“The body is actually a beautiful thing.” Because the center is allowing the or shadow of the figure. Of course, we group to use the facility for the cover up the windows so people can’t workshop, Reeves explained it is peak in, but we’ve never had any necessary for a minimum of six art- problems with something like that.” ists to conduct the 7 to 9 p.m. figure-rendering cooperative. Fee for During the two-hour session, the modthe class is $5. el will provide 10 one-minute poses, two five-minute poses, two 10-minute “We pay the model $15 an hour, and poses and one 20-minute pose with we meet for two hours. If we can each series segmented with group have at least six there, then we have breaks to allow the model to rest and enough money to pay the model,” adjust for the next pose. she said. “If we have seven people come to the class, for example, then “Sometimes they will lie down or sit. we save the money for when have When we’re doing the one-minute a less amount. We’re trying to meet poses, the models will turn their arms every other Friday, but it depends in different positions. If they’re leanon the group and any other factors ing on an elbow, they have to be in a that could create a reason why we very comfortable position to hang on couldn’t meet.” to that pose for [an extended] length of time,” Reeves said. “Right now, The life drawing workshop has we’re talking about doing a model male and female models who serve with clothes. You would try to make as the group’s body prompt. First- the presence of the body known under timers to the workshop need not en- the clothes with factors like wrinkles tertain thoughts of embarrassment and shadows. Like a paper doll.” or shyness due to the bare nature of the class, Reeves said. “The body is actually a beautiful thing. It’s only the narrow-minded who make it nasty,” she said. “That doesn’t even cross your mind because you’re looking at the design

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CHC CURATOR OF HIS OWN CREATIONS James Patterson

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LIFE DRAWING CELEBRATES HUMAN BODY Bob W. Anderson

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CRAFTING THE MUSIC Renee Fite

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TRANSFORMING GUNS INTO ART Sudarsan Raghvan

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