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Hey there, I’m Grace Lancaster and I am the co-founder of Lust For Life Drawing; who run relaxed, untutored life drawing sessions to music, mainly in the upstairs rooms of pubs in Darlington on a monthly basis.

Alongside my husband, I look after every aspect of making our life drawing sessions a success from booking the models and venues, arranging specials props, creating a music playlist and as I work in marketing, I tend to look after the advertising of the events too.

Although there are other life drawing classes in our area, Lust For Life Drawing offers local artists something a little different. We offer a ‘relaxed’ atmosphere where we encourage people to talk, share ideas and even sing to the music during the sessions. Each session has a different theme, where we add various props and costumes to mix it up for the artists, our themes so far have included a Roman theme full of togas and pizza, a neon-tastic ’80s theme and we also gave away lots of free flowers at our botanical session.

It’s really hard to pick a favourite moment from Lust For Life Drawing, as we get such joy from hosting each session and seeing some great art pieces created, however when we had a dog as a model that was lots of fun and unlike our usual human models, she kept her fur on! We borrowed a lovely greyhound called, Misty  and although she didn’t managed to stay still, she really was the star of the show!

If you fancy having a go at life drawing but don’t know where to start, I would suggest just coming along to one of our sessions, as we offer a friendly, non-pressured atmosphere where you don’t have to commit yourself to a number of sessions, you can just simply turn up on the night. Also no one looks at your work, you can keep it to yourself or share it with others, it’s completely up to you.

Although I haven’t done life modelling personally, speaking to some of the most experienced models we have is that you should just go for it! And if you are unsure what to expect, go to a life drawing session as an artist first or team up with an experienced model before you take the leap yourself.

As well as our sessions, I’m aware that a lot of our local universities offer life drawing classes after hours for you to try. Art centres are also a great place to go if you want to hone your drawing skills, as they often offer sessions from beginners to pros!

The great thing about life drawing is that you don’t need a lot of materials to get going, a sketchpad and a pencil is all you need and these two materials can produce some really great works.

I would definitely recommend the book, The Bare Essentials: A Life Model’s Guide to Nude Modelling which was wrote by one of our life models, Christine Robinson. She has over 15 years experience in the life drawing industry, so if you’re looking to get into it as either a model or an artist, this is the book for you.

Lust For Life Drawing’s first birthday is at Prego Loft Bar, Darlington on Thursday 5th April.

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