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1 minute life drawing sketch by Alison Nicholls

Life Drawing is the Best Teacher – by Alison Nicholls

For many, many years I didn’t draw, sketch or paint people. Now I do, and I’m really enjoying it. Obviously my preference is to be sketching in Africa (see some of my African Sketches), but when I’m in the US I like to attend life drawing classes at the Mamaroneck Artists Guild in Larchmont, New York.

1 minute life drawing sketch by Alison Nicholls

1 minute sketch by Alison Nicholls

I have to confess that when the model turns to the longer poses of more than 10 minutes, I tend to pack up and leave, because my interest is in the very short poses that help me when I’m working  the field.

1 minute sketch by Alison Nicholls

1 minute sketch by Alison Nicholls

The life drawing sessions are open to non-members, there is a small fee to attend and there is no instruction. It is a very friendly group. We usually start with several 1 minute and 5 minute poses before moving on to 10 and 20 minute poses. The model is clothed, due to the window exposure. If you would like to join us, please contact the Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild for further details.

Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild
914 834 1117
mag2120@verizon.net

5 minute sketch by Alison Nicholls

5 minute sketch by Alison Nicholls

Until next time…
Alison

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Family Diabetes Day at the Bronx Zoo with The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Family Diabetes Day at the Bronx Zoo with The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

I was delighted to join the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore for their Family Diabetes Day at the Bronx Zoo last week.
The weather was not particularly kind, with thunderstorms threatening, so we sketched indoors. Even so, it was great fun and the children had created a large pile of great sketches by the time the morning ended.

Thank you to Dr Rubina Heptulla for the invitation, to Jeniece Trast for all her help and to the friendly families and children who attended. I look forward to meeting more enthusiastic young artists next year!

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Learn more about the great work of The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.

Until next time…
Alison

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Howling Wolf sketch by Alison Nicholls

Howling Wolf sketch by Alison Nicholls

Recommended for adults and children aged 13+.

Date: May 18, 2014

Time: 9AM-12PM

Fee: $70/person

Join me for a unique workshop at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York! We will start the morning with a brief discussion about my Conservation Sketching Expeditions and how I use art to support conservation projects like the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe and the African People & Wildlife Fund in Tanzania. I will explain some of the special challenges faced when sketching wildlife in the field and will talk about how to overcome these challenges, whether you are sketching wolves in Yellowstone or elephants in Africa. Then you will be able to try your own hand at sketching WCC’s ambassador wolves! You will also have a chance to see the WCC’s critically endangered Red wolves and Mexican Gray wolves.

The materials listed below are my usual field sketching supplies. They dry easily, can be packed away quickly and (apart from my sketchbook) all fit inside a long pencil case. I do not work from an easel. You are welcome to bring whatever you like, but I highly recommend dry materials like pencils and pens or pastels. You will be doing a lot of short sketches as the wolves will be moving around. The idea is to capture the movement and simple shapes, not to complete a finished painting or drawing.

    • 11×14″ sketchbook with at least 20 sheets.
    • 2 or 3 pencils (HB, 2B, 4B) plus eraser.
    • Sketching pens (black or brown or grey looks great) or pastels or colored pencils.
    • Bulldog clips to hold paper down in case it is windy.
    • (optional) Field box of watercolors, plus small water container plus 2 or 3 brushes of varying sizes.
    • Hat, sunglasses, sunblock, raincoat, waterbottle etc to suit the weather.
    • (optional) If you have them you can also bring binoculars & a folding chair, although these are not essential.
 
Recommended for adults and children aged 13+.

Date: May 18, 2014

Time: 9AM-12PM

Fee: $70/person

I hope to see you there!

Alison

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