Life Drawing at Smoked Garage was hosted by Nicolette Jane and Katy Woods.
The class is held at the back of the venue, so grab your espresso martini and find a comfy chair. I’d recommend arriving early so you can gain a good vantage point. You’ll need to bring along some paper and your favourite art materials.
A wide range of artists attended – some using charcoal, many using pencil, another on an iPad doing digital art.
The classes are untutored and suitable for all levels. The time is broken up into different slots so the model can change their pose, and you’ll be able to try a different angle and perspective. There are no rules – so draw a part of the body or whatever takes your fancy.
The ticket cost included a martini and cheese platter to nibble on (although I ate mine early on). You can order any extra food or drinks on the night with the bar and kitchen staying open.
Katy Woods was our model. She’s a contemporary choreographer, surreal performance artist and a practising art model of over a decade. Katy started the set with a dance to the soundtrack. The eclectic and upbeat music continued to play in the background adding to the ambience.
Smoked Garage is the perfect backdrop for your artwork. There is aged and faded painted brickwork, and lots of pimped-up motorbikes and memorabilia.
I had plenty of time to draw and sketch. I finished three drawings including coloured pencil and pen, with two smaller sketches as a warm-up. I attempted a drawing of flowers in a vase in between poses.
Life Drawing Class at Smoked Garage is a monthly event with rotating models. The classes are often sold out – so book your ticket early.
About Smoked Garage
Smoked Garage is located: 126 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006