Students set to have life drawing exhibition

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HELEN Whamond has long tutored art classes in the Angus area.

And students now come from Brechin, Forfar and Kirriemuir to participate in life drawing.

Helen said: “Staff from Webster’s High School art department contacted me as they saw a need for life drawing classes for senior pupils who are interested in developing their art portfolios.

“We have opened the class to pupils from other local high schools and also to the local community.

“They are a hard working, focused group and the young people involved are really a credit to their schools. Life drawing is a particular skill that helps artists develop a better understanding of their own capabilities both technically and emotionally.

“The course of classes through the winter provides an opportunity to get to grips with the technique, using different approaches and materials. These techniques transfer to other disciplines too.”

The students are to have an exhibition at the Bank Street Gallery in Kirriemuir from January 25 until March 8, 2013.

James, a student and gallery assistant at Bank Street, created a link between the class, Webster’s and the gallery.

He said: “There is never enough time, whether at school or at college, to really focus in on any one area in art. Whether it’s graphic design, fine art or life drawing, it all seems to pass so quickly! I am currently producing my portfolio at Dundee College and I have found Helen’s life drawing classes a great discipline. They definitely provide an “add on” that just hasn’t been available in my more formal schooling to date. As a student, it’s great too that Bank Street Gallery are helping me meet the costs.”

Anyone interested in joining Helen at her life drawing classes should contact her at helenwhamo@btinternet.com.