March 2010 Meeting – Burlesque Life Drawing


The March meeting of the Shoreditch Sisters saw us tapping into our creative sides as we picked up pencils and sticks of charcoal to take part in a life drawing class. The session was run by Jemma, one of our committee members, who has past experience of teaching life drawing, and we were joined by the lovely Bunny Warren who was our model for the night, posing both nude, and in a Burlesque outfit. A mix of existing and new members showed up, and once everyone was settled with cups of tea or glasses of wine, Jemma took us through a series of fast paced drawing exercises to loosen us up. Those that had little or no experience of life drawing found that it didn’t matter, the short time spent drawing each pose meant that there was no pressure to create a masterpiece. After a small break for mingling, comparing work and topping up drinks we moved on to a couple of group exercises in which sheets of paper were taped together to form two huge canvases which we communally worked on to produce a couple of large, slightly abstract drawings, an amalgamation of our different styles and techniques. The final part of the session was reserved for us to work on an individual piece using what we had learnt earlier in the evening. Everyone went home with something they were proud of, with most of us exclaiming “Wow, I never thought that I could draw before!” as we dusted charcoal marks from our hands, rolled up our sheets of paper, collected coats and bags and headed off into the night.

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Shoreditch Sisters WI

Founded in 2007, we are a WI for women in and around London. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 52 - 54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT at 7pm. Membership is available all year around - joining in Jan-31st March is £41 for the entire year, April-30th June £30.75 for three quarters of the year, July- 30 Sept £20.50 of half a year, and Oct-Dec £10.25. We meet 11 times a year plus extra monthly sub-groups. Non-members are welcome to most meetings for £5.