Figure Drawing for “older” Adults

Today was our last class at Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo. It’s a free figure drawing class for “older” adults and we spend Fridays with a live model from 10:00 – 2:00. Mornings are timed poses from 2 minutes – 5 minutes – 10 minutes ending in a 20 minute pose which carries into the afternoon. The afternoon is usually spent painting the model. Today was our pot-luck brunch and show-and-tell. These are the two drawings I shared with the class. The Man was done with pencil and oil pastels. The Lady was done with my new “Milan-touch 52mm” pencil. It has a huge lead and was able to make that very dark area on her hair.

Mostly we are retired folk, many of whom are incredibly skilled artists. Older = 65 + with the oldest being 85. A younger guy drifted into the class half way through and considered himself “older” at the ripe age of 30-something. We have embraced him and our adored teacher, JJ, has allowed him to stay. It’s a very special group. We learn from each other, the models, and our teacher who knows the exact moment to drop a suggestion on us. The class will pick up again in two weeks for the Fall semester.

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