On 7th October 2017, PVAF held a life drawing workshop with artist, Luisa Ramazzotti.
Luisa Ramazzotti was born and educated in Italy and was taught drawing in the classical tradition. Luisa is known for her evocative and richly coloured paintings inspired by the Scottish landscape and was instrumental in the evolution of Perthshire Open Studios, which is an organisation of artists who open their studios to the public in September every year.
Luisa welcomed six of us from PVAF to her home and studio for the life drawing workshop. Luisa lives and works in the beautiful countryside, a short drive just outside of Perth where she has a studio set up that would make some of the best equipped artists out there green with envy. Luisa’s studio is a separate building in her garden, where natural light is in abundance; looking out onto lush greens and the, sometimes, blue sky. We were all given an easel to work at, along with paper and materials for drawing. Our model for the day came equipped with different outfits, white, grey and black, (as well as nude of course!) to help us with our tonal studies.
Following from some quick poses to warm up, Luisa led us through some traditional ‘blind contour’ drawing exercises, where we draw while concentrating only on the model and avoid looking at the paper. Later, more intuitive drawings were enabled through a series of exercises encouraging the link between hand and eye, with sensitive use of line, allowing for a more spontaneous and natural way of responding to the model through mark making.
The exercises that Luisa led us through were relaxing but challenging. All round it was an enjoyable and insightful day that inspired us to view the model in a new light, freed for the moment from analytical constraints.
Be on the lookout for more workshops from PVAF! You have to be a member to take part, so join up now!