Draw along and learn about Degas Bathers Series in this new class from London Drawing Group! Part of our Impressionist Summer collection!
About this event
DEGAS AND THE BATHERS: PAINTING WITH PASTELS
This class is part of our IMPRESSIONIST SUMMER SEASON! To see our other sessions dedicated to Monet, Odilon Redon, and an amazing cohort of FEMALE impressionists, click here:
« my women are simple, honest creatures who are concerned with nothing beyond their physical occupations… it is as if you were looking through a keyhole »
At the final Impressionist Exhibition held in 1886, Edgar Degas exhibited a suite of pastels that caused uproar. The suite of pastels, all featuring nude women « bathing, washing, drying, wiping themselves, combing their hair or having it combed », came under instant, vicious criticism due to the perceived ‘ugliness and vulgarity’ of the women depicted. These drawings have since become some of the most famous drawings in Art History, praised for their undoing of the idea of the classical ‘nude’, their candor, beauty and vulnerability.
The session dedicated to this incredible suite of works, will kick off with a short talk led by Art History tutor and Artist Luisa-Maria MacCormack (@luisamariamfineart) exploring the radical modernism of Degas’ bathers, before diving into some drawing with pastels!
Pastels are a notoriously tricky medium to work with, but never fear! They can also be an incredible mid-point between painting and drawing, allowing you to create beautiful works in colour without the hassle of oil paints or acrylic. This session will offer some insights into the basic approaches and applications of pastel, working from some of Degas’ own bathers!
Expect fun exercises, fascinating histories and new techniques for you to try at home!
YOU WILL NEED:
PASTELS – Preferably a basic set and a Flesh Tone or Portrait set! There are so many different kinds of pastels out there, we’ve included some links below to different brands we love at different price points that you might want to buy and try out at home!
FIXATIVE – We like to use an organic fixative similar to the recipe that Degas himself used! It is fairly expensive but if you’d like to try it out, its called SPECTRAFIX, and is non toxic, and the most buildable (and least smelly) fixative we’ve ever used!
If you can’t find/afford this, don’t worry, you can use a normal fixative or even a good old fashioned hairspray to hold your pastels down
COLOURED PASTEL PAPER (you can also use white if you don’t have this available)
Our personal faves (unfortunately also the most expensive)! Unison Pastels https://www.unisoncolour.com/
Great for Beginners: Faber Castell Creative Studio Soft Pastel Crayons
Best Value: Talens Rembrandt Soft Pastels
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This class is suitable for ALL LEVELS
Your ticket includes access to the live class and 7 days access to the recording.
Everyone is welcome to join this Pay-What-You-Can class. We suggest a donation of £20. However, we understand that may not be possible for everybody. Please be honest and pay what you can afford so that we may continue to offer our sessions on a donation basis.
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We’re really looking forward to you joining us.