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The Monstrous Model: Shape-Shifting in the Life-Drawing Space

Kane, Nina R. (2014) The Monstrous Model: Shape-Shifting in the Life-Drawing Space. In: HEA Arts & Humanities Annual Conference 2014. 'Heroes and Monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in the Arts & Humanities'., 2-4 June 2014, The Lowry, Salford Quays, UK. (Submitted)

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Abstract

The session discusses the role of the life-model in the teaching of life-drawing, and notes her/his conventional marginalisation in making images and in teaching art. Frequently regarded as an abject and monstrous figure whose body and presence is regulated by the tutor and life-drawers, the life-model is a naked, roving, chattering shape-shifter. Taming and containing the monstrous model is a key function of the tutor. But what happens when the life-model teaches the class? This paper discusses findings from The Art of the Life-Model at Leeds Art Gallery/ Leeds College of Art, 2002-2009 noting the shape-shifting benefits of model-led pedagogy.

This paper was first presented at the HEA Arts & Humanities Annual Conference 2014 on the 4th June 2014. The conference was Heroes and Monsters: extra-ordinary tales of teaching and learning in the Arts and Humanities' and was held at The Lowry, Salford Quays, UK.

Errata - PLEASE NOTE: There is a formatting error on Appendix 5, also some of the photos may shift from their original pages when downloaded. Please ensure there are no photographs printed out at the top of the appendices' handouts if you are using them as teaching materials. The box which is out of synch on Appendix 5 should read 'Verbal Direction. Tutor / Lead artist tells the model how to place their body.' There is a correctly-formatted copy of this spider graph in the appendices of the 2007 N. Kane, 'Embodying the Other: Pedagogic and Performative Strategies Used in The Art of the Life-Model Course 2002-2007' report, also available to download from the University of Huddersfield Repository.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Public Lecture)
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
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Depositing User: Nina Kane
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2014 15:15
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 15:37
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/20891

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