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An artist is hosting life drawing classes with DOG

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An artist is hosting life drawing classes with DOG

An artist is hosting life drawing classes with DOG

An artist is hosting life drawing classes with a twist - ditching naked people as subjects and instead using well-behaved DOGS.Pictures taken at a class last night (5/6) show a majestic whippet and an pretty lurcher posing for a group of 20 artists. The calm canines were encouraged to stay still by their owners, who attended the event, and then paraded around the room for visitors to take a closer look. The classes are organised and hosted by quirky artist Liah Edwardes, 25, who believes them to be the first of their kind. The two dogs in the hot seat last night were Luther, a five-year-old lurcher, and Ziggy, a two-year-old whippet. Neither had attended a class before but both behaved well and managed to stay still long enough for the artists, who spent half an hour on each, to get a good look. Liah, from Sheffield, South Yorks, said she was inspired to start the classes after seeing images of people drawing live deer during the filming of Bambi in the 1940s. She said: "My boyfriend showed me a photo from the making of Bambi and there were artists drawing real deer. "I thought, 'that's so cool, I could do this with dogs', so decided to put a class together. "People absolutely love it, it's been really popular. "Lots of people who come are students who have moved away from home and miss their own dogs."Liah added: "Whippets and dogs like them are great to draw."They're attractive dogs and are quite easy to draw because they're short-haired. "Also they're quite calm and not too energetic, so they're happy to sit in one place for a while. "Most of the time they just lie there and chill out. "It's good for the artists to see the dogs walking around as well because that helps being able to draw them." Last night's class was held at the Cutlery Works cafe in Sheffield and Liah has hosted a number of others this year at University of Sheffield student union.While it's not believed dog life drawing classes have ever been held a number of eminent artists have painted their own dogs throughout history. Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso both had famously close relationships with their Dachshunds and Lucian Freud created many sketches of his whippet Pluto. 

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An artist is hosting life drawing classes with DOG

An artist is hosting life drawing classes with a twist - ditching naked people as subjects and instead using well-behaved DOGS.Pictures taken at a class last night (5/6) show a majestic whippet and an pretty lurcher posing for a group of 20 artists. The calm canines were encouraged to stay still by their owners, who attended the event, and then paraded around the room for visitors to take a closer look. The classes are organised and hosted by quirky artist Liah Edwardes, 25, who believes them to be the first of their kind. The two dogs in the hot seat last night were Luther, a five-year-old lurcher, and Ziggy, a two-year-old whippet. Neither had attended a class before but both behaved well and managed to stay still long enough for the artists, who spent half an hour on each, to get a good look. Liah, from Sheffield, South Yorks, said she was inspired to start the classes after seeing images of people drawing live deer during the filming of Bambi in the 1940s. She said: "My boyfriend showed me a photo from the making of Bambi and there were artists drawing real deer. "I thought, 'that's so cool, I could do this with dogs', so decided to put a class together. "People absolutely love it, it's been really popular. "Lots of people who come are students who have moved away from home and miss their own dogs."Liah added: "Whippets and dogs like them are great to draw."They're attractive dogs and are quite easy to draw because they're short-haired. "Also they're quite calm and not too energetic, so they're happy to sit in one place for a while. "Most of the time they just lie there and chill out. "It's good for the artists to see the dogs walking around as well because that helps being able to draw them." Last night's class was held at the Cutlery Works cafe in Sheffield and Liah has hosted a number of others this year at University of Sheffield student union.While it's not believed dog life drawing classes have ever been held a number of eminent artists have painted their own dogs throughout history. Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso both had famously close relationships with their Dachshunds and Lucian Freud created many sketches of his whippet Pluto. 




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