You must reserve your seat 24 hours before the Deviant Life Drawing session you wish to attend. See Below for details.
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Join us on Third Thursdays!
February 15th 2018 – Jamie Nicholas Brown- Bondage with Belts
March 22nd 2018 (Register by March 21st at 6pm) – Stephanie Czapla- Wet ‘n Wild
April 19th 2018 (Register by April 18th at 6pm) – Paula Meninato – Rabbits!
You must reserve your seat 24 hours before the Deviant Life Drawing session you wish to attend. If you do not show up you will NOT be refunded the money. If less than 4 people sign up than you can choose to have your money refunded or automatically reserve your spot at the next session.
Buy a 6 session for $95. That is a savings of more than one whole session! AND you won’t forfeit your money if you don’t make the session.
Deviant Life Drawing is an art making session hosted by Jeanine and Nick, similar to life-drawing sessions at art schools. The similarity is that there is a nude or mostly-nude model. What makes these sessions deviant is that they are for artists who find themselves bored with those typical, “polite” poses, suitable primarily for anatomical study. We depart from what would would normally be considered appropriate, while seeking to maintain an environment where everyone involved can feel comfortable and secure while exploring subjects which could be taboo elsewhere.
Artists who attend these sessions might encounter costumes, bondage, cross-dressing, play-acting, dis-robing, pantomime, or tableaux, among other subjects, some more taboo than others.
Every Third Thursday, be here. We’re booking our models in advance. *IF* the artists are interested and continue to come regularly we will increase the number of sessions a month.
6-Session Card for $95– Anyone who has ever hosted a life drawing session knows that one big problem with two legs: no shows, whether artists or models. I can take care of part of that by being able to pay the models, should not enough artists show up, hence paying in advance for sessions. For now, Nick can drop in to substitute for no-show models, but I want to find a better solution. Ideas, anyone? The only one I’ve come up with would be to always schedule two models, but the problem there is that we already pay them more than most would (as we do ask more of them), and while making money on this crazy thing isn’t our most urgent priority, losing money isn’t very high on the that list either.
Bring a friend We need enough artists to run a session to pay the model. Make sure your buddy registers!
Snacks – We like our munchies and our drinks too. It takes time, effort and money to get all that stuff, and to set it out in an attractive, tasteful arrangement. For now, if you find that you have some spare pocket change, toss it in the jar. If you’re flat broke this week, and you came anyway, have a snack and a beverage, and don’t fret. Models and volunteers eat free.
Options for the future:
- we bump the price up than everyone can engage in guilt-free snacking
- If several people would like to start a rotation of munchie duty, or to all regularly contribute, we’ll be happy to nix the donation jar.
Photos – I leave this up to the model. I make sure that you all know what the model expects, at the beginning of every session. Any photos taken should not end up on the internet. Some examples of agreements the models might make regarding photos are:
- Anyone can take photos any time
- Photos are ok but the model gets final approval, including decision to delete
- Artists can take photos, for a set tip amount
- Photos are not allowed at all
- Reminder on photos: whatever the model decides, we must abide
Wristbands – Blue wristbands will be issued to any attendees who don’t care whether or not their face appears in the background of any photos taken, either by an artist or by us for promotional reasons. Again, photos of the models are not to go on the internet; however, we may be taking some photos for promotion, provided the model gives us permission. The model’s face might be cropped out, but yours might not be. For those of us who are artists it’s not usually much of a big deal, but anyone with a day job and a judgmental employer or co-workers might think twice before grabbing that blue band.
Facebook group – There is a private facebook group. Make sure to “follow” the group so you get every update. If you aren’t part of the group, I’ll have to give you approval to join. It will be a relatively safe place to post and discuss art that you wouldn’t post to your regular page. Please do remember, though, that it is only as safe as they tell us it is. Don’t post any pics taken of the model. Art is fine. Please post all your art and tell your cool friends.
Me – A couple of times, people have asked if I’ll ever run this session like a class, and help you with your work. I am happy to talk to anyone about their work, who asks. You are welcome to watch me, and I’ll try to verbalize what I am doing. If you feel totally stumped, I will come and watch you work, and give you my opinion. There are several artists who have regularly come to DLD who have at least as much experience as I do, as both artists and teachers, who would be happy to offer their opinions. I won’t run this like a class where I circulate from student to student. Not without charging twice as much.
Comfort – I’ve realized that there are weird little rituals around art school life-drawing sessions, to keep everyone comfortable – especially people who aren’t in the room, such as those people in charge of running the school, or those people who make large donations to it. Some of those rituals are good and important, e.g. keeping the door closed, as in a school environment, if someone leaves the classroom door open, anyone – even a non–artist – might stand at the door a gawk. In some ways, we still have our rituals, but I am going to try to strip away as many of them as possible and struggle against those I can’t. I am thinking mainly of such classic practices in art schools as: having a model either-fully-dressed-or-nude-but-nothing-in-between, forbidding use of props to represent anything remotely sexual, assuming positions that are sexual, restricting language in such a way that it omits any suggestion or idea of sex, and the possibility that two people might touch in a sensual, sexual, and/or possibly aggressive way. I care about the comfort of the model, and that is it. The model gets to decide which positions they take, whether or not to put a robe on between sessions, whether they change in another room, what they do with their bodies, and whether they talk to anyone on their breaks. We expect models to extend that same courtesy and deference to the artists, regarding those artists’ own bodies. Artists may of course leave at any time, if they become uneasy during the session. If they do so quietly, respectfully, and within the first half of the session, we’ll offer them a full refund.
Don’t be shy – Which subjects do you want to explore? Which ideas? Have an idea that you want to model for? Let us know!
Bring your art materials! Be respectful! And have fun!
Check out past works!