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Workshops // Coming up // Venice Carnival Costumed Life Drawing
12 February

Venice Carnival Costumed Life Drawing



About this event

Sign up to join Swashbuckling Cornwall for some Venice Carnival themed Costumed Life Drawing and follow in the footsteps of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubens and many others!

This two-hour sessions will offer a range of poses and models in a variety of costumes.

The Venice Carnival is thought to have begun in 1162 growing over the years, been banned and finally returning in 1967 and has grown ever since! 

Taking place in February each year it is a chance to party and brings colour to the streets of Venice. The iconic costumes and masks worn are based on clothes from the 16th-17th Century and that is where we will be taking our costumed inspiration from for this session. Including iconic mask and Harlequin.

All for you to capture with pen, ink, charcoal, digitally, oils whatever works for you!

With the weather being unpredictable, this session will take place indoors in the Main Gallery at The Poly. As with past Swashbuckling Cornwall drawing sessions, this is suitable for all ages and is an untutored session.

A great way to spend your Saturday between 11:00am-1:00pm!

What is Life Drawing?

Life drawing or figure drawing is the drawing with pencil, ink, charcoal, paint or whatever you choose of a figure from life. Most often associated with drawing the human form nude.

What is Costumed Life Drawing?

The biggest difference with costumed life drawing is that the model has clothes on, you will be able to see how mail clings to the body of how a sword held. In this case, Swashbuckling Cornwall are also expanding this to not only clothe the model, but also bring a character to life. 

Why do it? 

There are many reasons to do life drawing, one of the most common reasons is the suggestion that it will make you a better artist. Practice can help you improve and develop skills and these sessions offer you a specific time to focus on creating art. Don't be put off if you've never tried life drawing before, this can be your introduction. Maybe you're the next Da Vinci just waiting for the right moment!

Although these are digital sessions, they are taking place LIVE only - offering you the chance to ask the Swashbuckling Cornwall team, and other attendees, questions. Unlike working from photos, things may shift as you watch. The model is human and needs to breath and muscles may twitch under the costume, allowing you to study in real time. 

What will the model be wearing?

Depending upon the theme, the models will be wearing some are historically accurate (HA) clothing and others inspired by the past but made for use in theatre and film. Which means their style and construction may not be HA but looks the part just the same. Our aim is to have the model create a character that is interesting to look at and draw.

How long will the poses be?

Pose length will vary but will be between 1- 15 mins.


Adult: £8, Concession: £6

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Covid-19 Precautions: to keep customers and staff safe, we are continuing to ask that everyone at The Poly wears a face covering, thinks social distancing and sanitises on arrival. 




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