Real Life workshops take place in a safe environment, giving young people a chance to draw diverse natural human figures while at the same time talking about body image issues such as how we see ourselves and others.
Life drawing offers an opportunity to look closely at real bodies as part of a creative process, whilst providing a healthy alternative to the many filtered and airbrushed images of bodies we see every day in the media and online.
Our workshops are relaxed but structured to help build up confidence through simple, fun exercises. There are some tips on drawing, but young people are encouraged to find their own freedom of expression and style.
Unusually for a life drawing class, the model speaks with the young people about their own experiences and how they have overcome body image concerns. Young people are able to ask questions and share their own thoughts, but there is also quiet time simply to focus on drawing and think about the issues raised.
Drawing the natural human form in all its variety can help teens appreciate their own wonderful uniqueness and accept themselves the way they are.
Summer of 2019
We organised a range of life drawing events for teenagers during the summer of 2019. These included a series of Real Life body-positive life drawing sessions at the pioneering Sir Philip Game Centre in Croydon.
Sessions took place on Friday evenings, between 6pm and 8pm, from late July to August. Teenagers practised drawing a different model every week over a period of 6 weeks.
Sessions were open to all teenagers aged 14 to 19 years-old, from across the academic and vocational spectrum, and were very affordable at just £5 each with drawing materials provided.
You can read about these sessions and our other work with teens in the Spirited Bodies blog, ‘Teenage Summer‘.