I had seen the advert for this event but was not sure what it involved.
" Come ready to enjoy silly games, hear great music, win wicked prizes and most of all have a laugh, at this life drawing session with a difference!"
I decided to take the plunge and with trepidation turned up at Salford Art Gallery. Several art club members were also there as well as other artists from around the area.
The first session was an ice breaker with us all sketching with any part of our anatomy apart from our hands. Fortunately, most people chose their mouths to hold the drawing implement. This was a fun way to start.
Next the first performer stepped onto the small wooden stage and used a suspended hoop, to perform a balancing act. Then we had two short poses of about 5-10 minutes. For the second one I was fortunate enough to win a prize; a colour yourself teddy bear. One of my young relatives will be very happy!
After a short break the next performer, a colourful character, appeared and proceeded to lie on a bed of nails in several poses and then eat pieces of a broken light bulb. Again after the act she did a couple of short poses for us to draw. We were then asked to give her a name. At this point my mind froze, as did may others, and a suitable name evaded me. However undeterred I continued to enjoy the rest of the show!
The last act was a magician. He was supposed to be in costume but had split his trousers earlier; this was not part of the act. After a short introduction he did a couple of card tricks, then made ice appear from a flame before asking a member of the audience to join him. He then proceeded to guess her lock code from her phone. A useful trick if he couldn't make it as a magician!
We then did another couple of 5-10 minute poses before having to do a quick sketch without taking our pencil etc of the paper.
The evening drew to a close with tumultuous applause. A thoroughly enjoyable night that I'm glad to have attended and if you see this event in your area, it's a worthwhile experience to take part in and like me you could come away with a teddy or even a rubber frog!