Friend of BC, Sarah writes:
Every Wednesday the upstairs dining room at the Talbot transforms into The Other Art Club: a new life drawing class, taught by local artist Perienne Christian. Lured by the promise of free cava, I turned up for the launch night and had so much fun that I returned the following week.
Beginning with a series of short poses, the first half of the class is a warm up, designed to engage the parts of the brain that office jobs don't reach. Perienne suggests exercises and circulates unobtrusively, leaving you to do your own thing if you prefer. Half-time refreshments come in the form of home-baked biscuits and a nice cup of tea (or something stronger from the bar downstairs).
These are billed as life drawing classes with narrative - this really kicks in with the second half of the class. Last week's model took on a despairing pose based on a Titian masterpiece. As an absolute beginner, I was concentrating on giving her the right number of limbs, but I can see how the props would add an element of challenge for people with a bit more talent or experience. Perienne's on hand throughout and at the end of the session there's a chance to compare your efforts in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.