about Charcoal & Champagne
  • LISTEN : ABC Radio's Jamie Burnett chats with Aneta about Charcoal & Champagne!

    LISTEN : ABC Radio's Jamie Burnett chats with Aneta about Charcoal & Champagne!

    Fabulous chatting with Jamie Burnett from ABC radio's Saturday Breakfast program, hopefully demystifying a few things about our Charcoal and Champagne life-drawing classes  .. 

    8.30am Saturday 15th September

    >> Fast forward to  2:28:00

    LISTEN :
  • Boosting 'body image' through life-drawing

    You may have not thought that drawing a life model is good for you, but research now shows, life-drawing has a positive imact on negative body image in adults and most recently in teens.

    (above) 'Creative Thinking Workshop' for year 10 Business Studies class at Penrhos College

    Over the years as I've watched nervous 'beginners' rock up to my 'Charcoal and Champagne' life-drawing classes for adults, as well as my 'Creative Thinking Workshops' which I run for businesses and schools.

    In even the short amount of time we spend together, Im endlessly amazed at the remarkable changes in not just how individuals feel about their 'ability to draw' and their 'creative ability', but also their mind set about how they view the body –  and so it comes no surprise to see the following findings by Professor Viren Swami, from Anglia Ruskin University:

    “Previous studies with adults have shown that life drawing has a positive effect on body image, with evidence coming from cross-sectional, experimental and prospective studies in multiple university and community samples.

    “It’s encouraging to see the same may be the case for adolescents as well.

    “Negative body image is a real public health concern in young people, particularly because of its association with disordered eating and poorer psychological well-being.

    “Our findings are important because they point at an effective means of promoting healthier body image in this age group.

    “Regular life drawing classes have the potential not only to promote a more positive body image, but also to develop more realistic notions of what bodies look like.”

    For girls, life drawing challenged the idea that the perfect body was thin, he said. Boys no longer assumed that they had to be muscular to be attractive.

    Participants also became more respectful of other people’s appearance, the study showed.

    “They were less judgmental about other people they might meet, or how they treat their bodies, what they do with their bodies, or how they clothe their bodies,” said Prof Swami.

    Previous research had shown that around half of young girls and 35% of boys were dissatisfied with their bodies, the professor added.

    The three aspects of body image improved by life drawing were appreciation, acceptance and pride. These related to respecting, feeling good about, and taking care of your body.

    If you are interested in finding out about incorporating a coached life-drawing workshop into your school, community or wellness program please get in touch with Aneta.

  • Surprise mum with a gift like no other !

    Still looking that unique 'Mother's Day' gift ? ... 

    French bubbles, decadent cheeses and a fun creative challenge with charcoal, life-model and a creative coach sound like something your mum might enjoy?

    Whether shes already 'arty' or thinks the 'stick-man' is the limit of her creative ability – 'Charcoal and Champange' vouchers are The Perfect Gift! 

    Valid for 12 months – the only thing better, is if you join her and share this extraordinary experience you'll both remember for years to come !


  • You've come across our Charcoal & Champagne classes, but you're not sure they're for you?

    Here's a little insight into why they might be ... 

    Charcoal and Champagne life-drawing classes are specifically designed to be social and cater for those very individuals who are nervous about drawing or being creative and who might ‘believe' the ‘stickman’ is the limit of their ability.

    Despite this, the classes also work on the ‘personal challenge’ level for people who might have more experience 'being creative', and might like to have a bit of fun pushing themselves out of their comfort zone – yes even artists & creatives have comfort zones.

    Ultimately, it really doesn’t matter who you are and what you think you can achieve creatively – you will simply be challenged in a non-competitive & safe space, to just 'do your best' and take the challenges presented to you by me, Aneta, your personal creativity coach, as inspiration to interpret in your own, unique way.

    There is NO right or wrong in the class. 

    Technique is NOT a focus in the class. 

    Rather, it is a class designed to inspire the personal development of each individuals’ creativity, irrelevant to everyone else in the class.

    Step outside your comfort zone

    The only thing required for someone to participate, is wanting to give something a go that they might not normally get an opportunity to do, and so, allow themselves to have a go at an unique experience, in a unique setting … and ultimately, the opportunity to ‘maybe’ surprise themselves with what they achieve whilst having a bit of fun and a laugh.

    On another level, some might find it a little uncomfortable having a life-model before the class. 

    This is also a unique setting where the human body is celebrated and appreciated in a non-sexual arena. The models are all professional, comfortable with their bodies, and are of various shapes and sizes. 

    I have a strong belief this too provides a healthy attitude to body-image, challenging media perceptions of nudity and its sexualisation. Its a beautiful opportunity for students to respectfully observe and ‘celebrate' the form of the body in the class whilst interpreting to paper what they see. 

    At its very core, I run the classes because I don’t believe in the boxing in of people who ‘are' or 'are not' creative. Creativity is a fundamental part of everyday for everyone – we are born with it, it just needs to be nurtured.

    All art materials are supplied as well as lighting and specially selected music to set the atmosphere and complete the fully immersive, multi-sensory experience.

    Hope this gives you a bit more insight into the Charcoal and Champagne sessions.

    Please feel free to read through some of the testimonials to get more of an idea about what people get out of the sessions, and get in touch if you require any further information.

    "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ” -Pablo Picasso