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So for now we’ve sadly had to put Croquis Events on hold and so the pages are going to be removed from the website. We didn’t want to loose everything that’s been uploaded though so you can now click HERE for the links to the old Croquis Pages.
I had a wonderful time working with both Richard Squarecube, the original inspiration behind Croquis Events, and Marissa Mardon, who continued Croquis Events with me when Richard was unable to. What a fantastic time we had and perhaps we’ll be back someday with a one off Croquis Event!???
November 2014 was the month to try out Croquis!
With Richard Squarecube, we held three taster sessions at Sun Pier House. There were different dancers to sketch each week, lovely refreshments and plenty of arts materials every week. We thought it might be nice to blog in photos as that’s really going to give you more of an idea of what Croquis is…
‘It’s wonderful to have such a vigorous energetic session. It makes us respond without thinking too much about it. You can draw instinctivly then. It’s an instinctive reaction. ‘
Taster Session Two, ‘Explore Croquis in your Own Way’
Artists who now understood Croquis a bit more brought their own materials to use, Richard bought us all a Croquis badge, we added a prop and did a dance focusing just on hands to add interest.
‘In situ, you have to go with very broad strokes in order to capture the essence of what’s going on, but the lack of time cuts out self censure and you end up with images that you’d never draw if you had more time. I love it, it’s unlocked something in me that I never even knew was there.’
Auto Awesome Video of Croquis Events Taster Two…
We were in the paper!
Taster Event Three, ‘What Can We Do With This?’
Our Promo Croquis Event was a great success!
Richard Squarecube of Squarecube Artisans and I have been plotting Croquis Events for a while now. Having been unable to get them off the ground for one reason or another we are pleased to announce that, having joined forces with Sun Pier House, we now have three taster events planned for November and the official launch of monthly events will be January 2015, but more about that in a moment.
Yesterday evening we were joined by a few invited artists and dancer, Clare Wilders (yes, the TRS Teacher who also blogs on our website!) for a promo session. The idea? To gain feedback, photos and video footage to make future Croquis Events excellent!
Croquis is a traditional French art form. It’s a little like life drawing, but the models move occasionally. Richard and I have taken this a step further by adding dancers. The artists have to sketch very quickly, capturing the shapes or movements they see.
There were a few nerves at first, but they were completely squashed during the first go. Artists stood ready, drawing implements in hand, someone pressed play on the iPod and Clare and I were off… very, very slowly!
“I enjoyed the taster and could have carried on for hours…it was really out of my comfort zone yet such a refreshing change to sketch quickly and with abandon, not worrying about the images being perfect nor the end result. I ended up experimenting and creating images unlike anything I have done before using unfamiliar materials (to me) such as charcoal and pastel.”
The artists used various materials, including an iPad, to capture what they saw. Some used multiple pieces of paper, finishing each round with a floor covered in sketches, others draw movement upon movement and created a layered effect. Its was apparent everywhere that, whoever you are, whatever your experience, the event was inspiring.
From a dancer’s point of view Croquis Events are very self-indulgent. They are an opportunity to move however you feel like moving (slowly of course!), really getting into the moment and forgetting the stresses of the day.
As a Dancer how was the event for you?
“It was great actually, quite selfish, because it meant I could get involved in the music and express it how I felt at the time.”
Clare, Croquis Event Dancer
I especially enjoyed the moments when artists moved into the space to dance. First I danced with Jo, an artist who, I’m told, will try anything. Jo’s influence made me move differently and she gave the surrounding artists further inspiration.
Isabella joined me towards the end and we focused on hand movements. It’s an unusual experience for a dancer to focus on the many ways our hands can move. We were told afterwards that, though our movements were intricate, varied and interesting, for an artists, they were a huge challenge. “Us artists don’t draw hands often, we really should” said Richard. Perhaps this is a challenge we focus on at some point!
Everyone asked when they can have another go so we’re pleased to have dates ready and set! To keep up to date and see some more photos and our video please like our brand new Facebook Page or see the Croquis Events web page.
The first three dates for your diary…
Sunday 16th November, 2-3.30pm ‘An Introduction to Croquis Events’
Sunday 23rd November, 2-3.30pm ‘Explore Croquis Your Own way’
Sunday 30th November, 2-3.30pm ‘What Can We Do With This?’
All held at Sun Pier House Gallery and Tea Room, Medway Street, Chatham, ME4 4HF
Just £15/session or £10/session if you bring your own materials.
Book one of the limited places now…