Herne Hill Life Drawing - new course at The Prince Regent & an auction at Pullens!

In case you haven't noticed, life drawing classes have taken off like a rocket in SE London over the last year, with Bespoke life drawing now being hosted at various venues, plus plenty of other new classes becoming routinely established, very often in pubs!

Life drawing involves drawing the human figure from observation of a live model. In most cases this involves a nude model who is paid to pose. If you've seen the 2006 film "Venus" written by Hanif Kureishi and starring Peter O'Toole, you'll remember he finds co-star Jodie Whittaker a job as a life model. HE: "You said you wanted to be a model!" SHE: "But not take my clothes off!" Or something to that effect.

These days life modeling is a thriving business, in fact moneymagpie ran a feature on it!  http://www.moneymagpie.com/article/make-money-as-a-life-model

Here in Herne Hill an artist named Lisa Brown has been running life drawing for a very long time - she's been organising classes at the Prince Regent pub in Dulwich Road for 8 years. This makes her not only a kind of local hero, but a pioneer as well! She calls her group SketchPad. She set up SketchPad so that local artists could use life models "to explore and develop their own unique styles". Lisa believes there's an artist in everyone and the relaxed atmosphere at the Prince Regent helps this along - classes are less formal classtime and more like "drink and draw" nights! These bring together a mix of artists, from amateur to professional, with works ranging from charcoal to iPad drawings. Lisa says that it is the interaction between the members which is key to the group's success and some very inspiring work.

Lisa's next 11 week course at the Prince Regent begins on Weds Jan 16th, from 7:45-10pm upstairs. £12.50 per session as a block, £15 for drop-in. In some cases the schedule can be tailored. Lisa says pop along and have a look.

On Tues the 15th, a day before the new course begins, SketchPad will be staging a special event at Pullens (293 Railton Road, SE24 OJP) in Herne Hill Square. This will be the SketchPad auction! This year classes culminated in an annual 8 week Herne Hill show (4th annual). And the London Sketch Pad group will be holding their final viewing at Pullens from 6-8pm ... where works created by the group are up for auction and everything must go! You can see four of the works here if you scroll down below!

The auction will be silent and held on selected works during the evening where visitors can place sealed bids on their favourite works. No reserves and the highest bidder gets the artwork - whatever the bid may be. You can also bid in advance by visiting the venue. Entrance to Pullens is free, and there will be nibbles and drinks available at the bar. Winning bids for the auction will be announced at 8pm.

Lisa Brown



The Prince Regent

69 Dulwich Road SE24 0NJ

020 7274 1567

Pullens Dining Room & Bar

293-295 Railton Road SE24 0JP

020 7274 9163