Rubicon Dance School Class

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. This class provided me with a range of different dynamic movements performed by each student. The moments were part of routines for assessments.  I found it was quite challenging to draw in this situation because the gestures were only a split second so many of my sketches are halves. Through these dynamic movements I was able to get an idea or sense of the movement and through little mark marking, was able to get a sense of the figure. 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 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 scratchiness of the pen gave a better interpretation of the performer and reflect their movements very well.

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. The gestures performed in movements form a language which are not so easily recognised in still life drawing.

I have asked to return to the studio to sit in more classes so I can record more poses.

Author: ninasartspace

Based in Cardiff studying Fine Art at the Metropolitan University. Originally from East Sussex. The career goal is Art Therapy with adults who suffer from PTSD and other mental issues which affect so many of us on a daily basis.

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