Monthly Archives: February 2015

What a delightful day.  Dressing up and drawing. Today I learnt that the drawing of masked models di-inhibits. The person being drawn is already more than human, somewhat grotesque and therefore not recognisable as an ordinary person, therefore the people drawing are not hung up on making a realistic ‘portrait’. Already in the realm of exaggeration, beyond human.

Such a l;lovely way to spend a day. Thank you to all who joined in.

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This new model of a classic Commedia stage will be on display in preparation for

Drop In and Draw   for   International Commedia Dell’Arte Day 2015                                        Drawing Commedia  at

City Arts Building, 11 – 13 Hockley Nottingham NG1 1FH      On Wednesday 25th February 2015   anytime from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m.

Be part of this world-wide celebration of Commedia Dell’Arte, with events happening in Nottingham and London (U.K.) , Washington DC and Minneapolios (U.S.A.) , Mexico City, Maringa (Brazil), Adelaide (Australia), Madrid (Spain), Tel Aviv (Israel) , Padua and Sienna (Italy) to name just a few.       Draw in the spirit of Commedia dell Arte, Stephen will introduce drawing games and tricks to access anarchy, humour, theatricality and grotesquery.               Come for 20 minutes , an hour or all afternoon if that suit you.

£3.00 drop-in fee , please pay on the door. Basic materials will be provided.

There will be costumes and masks so you can join in by dressing up and posing if drawing is not your thing.

Commedia dell Arte is the classic form of Italian popular theatre which has inspired theatre makers from Shakespeare to Molière, Goldoni to Punch and Judy Brecht and of course British Pantomime. And has been an inspiration to many visual artists from Jaques Callot, Tiepolo, Watteau, Picasso and David Hockney. Composers too, Mozart, Stravinsky, Kurt Weill and Nino Rota.