About The Studio
3 banks of fluorescent lights, 5000K, 96 CRI – as close to artificial north lighting as available in Ottawa
1 spotlight on the model stand, 5000K, 90+ CRI
12 seats – 5 chairs in the front row, with chairs to balance drawing boards on, 7 easels in the second row
Fully equipped model stand with different kinds of furniture, cushions, and fabrics to create a wide variety of poses.
Why a long pose life drawing studio?
When I returned from studying classical contemporary painting and drawing in France, I knew I was going to miss having access to a model 30 hours a week. I knew in my bones that I wanted to start a figure drawing studio where for a reasonable price, people could come and work on long term life drawings in a welcoming, community setting.
I wanted to create a figure drawing studio that fostered community, discussion and diversity.
Since then, it’s been a journey with a lot of stops and starts. When I came to Ottawa, and I found a lively figure drawing community and thought…maybe here. Maybe this is the right place.
The studio started in a large 1925 Art Deco apartment in the Civic Hospital area that functioned as live/work space. We started small with just 7 seats to test the waters. When sessions began filling in a couple of days, and then a couple of hours, and then 15 minutes, I knew I had something pretty cool on my hands.
I began offering weekly classes and workshops in October 2016, and since then, the studio has continued to grow, with a mailing list of over 150 artists and students interested in the kind of work that we do here. The classes were often filling before I even had a chance to announce them, and I knew we needed to find more space.
In October 2017, the studio moved to its own space in Old Ottawa South. We now have 1000 sq ft of beautiful space in Southminster United Church, with 12 ft ceilings, north facing windows and enough space to hold 12 artists at a time. I am very excited about the things that will happen here.
There are 3 guiding principles to my studio – grace, community and diversity.
Grace: this is the intangible quality that I want everything I do to be imbued with. Grace elevates the mundane to the sublime.
Community: artists work alone in their studios most of the time and it can be isolating. I wanted to create a space of welcoming community, where artists of every stripe would feel supported and where lively discussions could happen in the creative soup.
Diversity: this is a two-fold principle, and applies to both the artists who attend and the models we use. There will be a variety of ages, sizes, races and experiences. A truly welcoming community is welcoming for everyone and that includes the images we produce.