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Life Drawing Classes at UQAM’s Design Pavilion

by Mariah Lamont-Lennox

Check out these awesome Life Drawing classes at UQAM’s Design Pavilion!

This school year, I decided that I would try to make time to do things that make me happy and are completely unrelated to school. I went to an arts high school and was in the visual arts department, which allowed me to take life-drawing classes. I was really missing taking these art classes and while I try to make time to sketch at home I often get distracted by other things or convince myself that I’m not in the mood to make art and I should just watch one more episode of Broad City. So, I decided to try to try out a life-drawing class.

It took a bit of googling, but I found the UQAM Design Pavilion holds classes on the weekends and Wednesday evenings (although the Wednesday evening classes are cancelled this semester). The Facebook page description reads: ‘For life drawing addicts who are compelled to feed their habit every Wednesday evening - and Saturday morning’ – I thought this was a good omen so I decided to try them out.

Some general info about the classes:

Who: Open to anyone! The cost is $5 (or $10 on Saturday for the second session at 2pm).

What: On Friday evening and Saturday morning the class is composed of short poses (1 M to 15 m) Friday and then Saturday afternoon the class is made up of three 45 M poses.

Where: The address is 315 Rue Ste-Catherine and the classes are usually held in Room 2250 at the Design Pavilion (give yourself extra time to find the room for your first class, UQAM is very confusing!) 

When: Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 pm (but remember, these are cancelled until next semester!), Friday evenings from 7 to 10 pm, and Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm.

You have to bring your own supplies i.e.: pencils, charcoal, paint, etc. and a sketchbook or paper. I also always bring water because the class is long and I don’t always bring food but there is usually a 20-minute break in the middle of class and some people eat lunch. I also bring headphones to listen to my own music (although sometimes they have great music and I don’t need my own) and this might seem random but if you are going to draw on paper you should bring tape to secure your paper to the board or easel.

It is so nice that the classes are drop in and you don’t need to pre-register and that they happen so many times a week! I also brought along a friend of mine who had never done life drawing before and she really likes the classes too so don’t be scared if you have never taken a life drawing class before!

For some more information, feel free to check out their Facebook page.

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