|On the easel - as yet untitled|
I continue to try and interest people in 'life drawing' - to share the inestimable benefit and enjoyment that I find. Happily after several years when life drawing was out of favour with art schools it seems to be making a comeback. I think the renewed interest is as a result of demand from students who, now they are paying inordinate amounts of money for their training, want some durable skills rather than the ephemeral attitudinising that many courses promote. It would have been easier to accept the dropping of life drawing in many art schools if they had replaced it with a better way of developing a students visual awareness and skill, but I don't see any evidence of this. I know some people will find my enthusiasm for drawing anachronistic but the life drawing and painting classes that I organise and teach outside the college system have never been fuller.