Pre-pandemic, Anne Shields Hopkins hosted weekly life drawing sessions at EAC. When Covid hit, the group moved their drawing sessions to a Zoom room, meeting weekly to draw or paint each other, whether near or far and regardless of time zone. At the online event, artists take turns posing for 5-20 minutes, while others draw from their screens. While everyone is encouraged to model, it is not a requirement for participation.

“We have quite a sweet community,” writes Anne. “[The Zoom group] has provided a wonderful opportunity to create new friendships and deepen existing relationships through sustained observation.”

The August schedule for the group is Zoom sessions on August 11 and 18, with a break to follow. The online group will resume September 15.
On August 25, an ‘in person’ version of this group will meet at Cobscook Institute.

More information and a gallery of works created during the sessions may be found at Anne’s Zoom room: https://anne-shields.com/zoomroom/.

A story about the online portrait group, featuring interviews with frequent participants, may be found here, or you can follow the ‘Life Drawing‘ tag for an array of posts and pictures from the online drawing community.