Arts prof leads free painting marathon
With the current strong interest in computer-generated animation, it’s easy to forget there’s a need — and a demand — for classes in how to draw the human form by hand.
Ironically, Rudolf Stussi, who was involved in producing Nelvana cartoons such as Rolie Polie Olie — the digitally animated robot-family TV series — is now leading a free drawing and painting marathon at Centennial College.
The Swiss-born artist and animation supervisor teaches in the college’s fine arts studio and graphic design and media programs.
“The marathon is set aside for our existing students who want to get a little more practice, as well as the local artist community and anyone else who wants to spend some time behind an easel,” says Stussi.
The all-day drawing and painting session on Sept. 30 at The Centre for Creative Communications in East York will feature life models in two large studios. Life, explains Stussi, is code for nude. Models will provide extended and short poses, both male and female, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The marathon takes its name from studios in New York City, which often throw open their doors to amateur artists in the community.
“There are only a few places where you can do this in Toronto — not enough, really, to meet the demand,” notes Stussi, who has been an exhibiting artist for almost 30 years.
Centennial’s Centre features two newly constructed fine arts studios. Each studio can accommodate up to 40 artists. The free Saturday session kicks off a fall semester of Monday-evening drawing sessions in the studios for $8 per three-hour session.
If you come next Saturday, don’t be surprised if you’re working beside a digital animator. Stussi says even computer-based artists have to sharpen their drawing skills.
Centennial’s Centre for Creative Communications is located at 951 Carlaw Ave. For more information visit www.centennialcollege.ca.