Absolutely thrilled to share with you a tiny taste from the 'BIG DRAWING WORKSHOP' with Charcoal and Champagne over the weekend ...
It was BIG! it was BOLD, and the charcoal even started to take on some of the colours of the rainbow !
Congratulations to all our brave returning 'budding artists' who dared to take on our biggest challenge yet and created some truly spectacular artworks ... can't wait to share more soon ... x
PERTH ! If you've attended a pop-up Charcoal and Champagne life-drawing session before, you know our classes are fun and full of brain bending challenges in a non-competitive, but supportive environment with other eager-to-learn (and have fun) 'budding artists'.
Now, we've created a very special event for those of you who might still consider yourselves beginners, but are ready to learn MORE and CHALLENGE yourself further.
Our full-day, large-scale 'Charcoal and Champagne' Drawing Workshop is the opportunity for you to now start exploring the 'how to' side of drawing ... and develop further skills and techniques to help you bring your 'hidden talents' to the surface and get your 'creative-thinking' brain buzzing!
You will also be given the opportunity to work on a 'BIG SCALE' - yes with large scale easels like a real 'master' in a studio setting.
The class will be broken up into 2 sections - the morning session where you will work with our first model, learning new skills and techniques – and the afternoon session, where you will start applying some of these new skills whilst drawing a life-model on a large-scale easel with charcoal.
For more info and tickets visit : http://bit.ly/charcoal_19NOVworkshop
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
What a wonderful evening in a gorgeous space working with a group of special mums taking the time to nurture their minds and souls ... challenging their 'learnt' limitations.
Shortly after the ladies arrived for their 3 day escape, they were greeted with glasses of bubbles, a spread of tasty morsels ... and their first activity of their retreat – their FIRST EVER experience drawing a gorgeous pregnant model in a life-drawing class guided by their very own Creativity Coach, Aneta Wnek
So beautiful to be part of the transformation of what might initially be such an incredibly 'uncomfortable zone' for some – working thought it together - and them realising they 'can' draw and be creative by giving themselves 'permission' to be more, different, and free of preconceived limitations.
I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that, when you start something new, really different, forged from the depths of your heart and passions, despite the joy it gives 'you' - its not always an easy journey with many challenges, obsticles, and without certainty how your 'best intentions' for others will be received.
I feel so blessed that since I started Charcoal and Champagne in 2015, it is words like these from Paula received as feedback, really provide fuel for me to push on, helping to reassure me that there is something special that happens in the few hours I spend with my budding artists as I take them through the Charcoal and Champagne life-drawing experience.
Sarah from our recent Charcoal & Champagne life-drawing class holding up her first and last picture from the evening after 2 hours of drawing .. the results speak for themselves
WOW ! ... Words can't describe the AMAZING energy created at our pop-up at the Angelo Street Marketplace in South Perth over the weekend – AND wait till you see the masterpieces!
We took four classes – in total 58 budding-artists back to the 70's space-age with our groovy-tunes and stretched their creativity with mind-bending challenges set by Aneta the creativity coach, whilst our fabulous Space-Babe and Bendy Space-Lizard man provided the fun, and at times mind-bending in themselves poses!
The classes were full of such an eclectic mix of festival-goers who were brave enough to sign up to a 'challenge' with no-idea of the treat awaiting them.
We really loved taking some of the fun of our 'Charcoal & Champagne' life-drawing classes we run for adults – and create a short, family-friendly version for our Angelo Street event - we might even do it again!
NOW A FREE EVENT!
BIG NEWS - We've decided to make this a FREE event.
We want to make the Charcoal Creative Challenge more accessible and get you creating! If you love the experience you're welcome to make a donation, but this way, your budget isn't whats stopping you stepping outside your comfort zone for some creative fun! Tickets are still limited so register ahead of time if you don't want to miss out, otherwise it's first-in best-dressed!
Tickets will also be available at the door. Ticket holders are advised to arrive 5 minutes before the event to check-in. Being a free event, late-comer tickets will be given away.
Charcoal and Champagne are very excited to be joining the City of South Perth Angelo Street Marketplace on the 26th of March to bring a series of short family-friendly "Charcoal Creative Challenges"!
So many of the individuals that come along to our adult classes enquire about being able to have their children join them at the sessions recognising all the wonderful benefits of not only learning creativity - but also wishing to share the expereince with loved ones in such a fun way.
So if you or someone you know might get a kick our of a bit of charcoal fun in a beautiful setting like the Angelo Street Marketplace in South Perth – grab a couple of tickets and come along!
Grab your mum, dad, grandparents, friends and kiddies – get ready to create some fabulous masterpieces ... and share in a fun expereince of the Charcoal Creative Challenge together!
Its exciting to have Charcoal and Champagne joining forces with a worthy cause – The Conscious Mother Retreat Weekend with Kirstin Bouse..
We all have our vulnerabilities, and it is a unique and special opportunity to spend time appreciating something that is SO familiar – we all own one, yet so many of us don't fully appreciate it – the human form.
Spending time with a professional model who allows us to look, appreciate and interpret their body, whilst being guided by a Creative Coach in a unique lateral-thinking creative session, often has a surprising impact – changing the way individuals not only think of themselves, but also how they appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of a 'real' and far from photoshopped body ... and more often then not, discover along the way, that despite starting off as a complete amateur in the arts – that they ARE creative, and CAN actually draw.
It was a pleasure to have Cate from Weekend Notes join us for our May pop-up life-drawing class .... and its exciting to finally see her write-up on her first Charcoal and Champagne experience live on the Weekend Notes website ...
Review by Cate. W for Weekend Notes
15 May 2016
IMAGE : Article from Sunday Times, Body + Soul Magazine 10 January 2016
BELOW: Original article about the research by Anglia Ruskin University
Published: 7 December 2015 by Anglia Ruskin University original article
New research by Anglia Ruskin Professor shows benefits of attending art classes
New research shows that attending life drawing classes has a positive effect on body image, particularly for women.
Viren Swami, Professor of Social Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, carried out two separate studies which will be published by the journal Psychiatry Research.
The first study, conducted between January and May 2015, involved 138 men and women, aged between 18 and 76, who regularly attended life drawing classes.
Amongst women, greater attendance was significantly associated with higher body appreciation and a lower drive for thinness and social physique anxiety. For men, greater attendance was significantly associated with higher body appreciation.
Because of the possibility the classes might attract individuals who already possessed positive body image, the second study involved 37 women taking part in a life drawing session for the first time.
Professor Swami, of Anglia Ruskin’s Psychology department, said:
“These studies indicate that life drawing classes may promote an embodying experience that leads to a healthier body image amongst participants.
“Life drawing sessions may also provide spaces for people to explore relationships with their own bodies and critically appraise media depictions of ‘idealised’ bodies.
“If the results of these studies can be replicated and extended, life drawing may emerge as an effective means of promoting healthier body image across the population.”