On 29th November I visited two dance classes at Rubicon Dance School in Cardiff where I sat in a Ballet class and an Improvisation class. The classes involved the students carrying out tasks requested by their tutor which they performed to music. I really enjoyed this class because the students performed a range of different gestures and poses for me to draw. The class was not put on for me so these movements were genuine for their assessments and regular routines. I found it was quite challenging to draw in this situation because the gestures were only a split second so I needed to trust myself with my mark making. The seated poses gave me a little more time to get the outline of the pose because they were usually from the warm up or were slow movements whereas, the standing and jumping poses were so fast. I found by drawing the angle of the movement with a straight line which runs through the centre of the body was the easiest way to record the movement before going back when I had more time to draw it. I started with pencil but quickly moved to using inked pens because they were easier to work with in this situation and allowed me to start incorporating colour.
The reason for participating in this activity was to broaden my portfolio of human body drawing and to start looking at movement after life drawing. The muscles tense and the body moves in different ways in dynamic movements and so I wanted to explore this to help strengthen my knowledge and understanding of bodily movements.
I have asked to return to the studio to sit in more classes so I can record more poses.