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      Live figure drawing fills need for area artists

      Live Figure Drawing Class during KHQA This Morning

      The human form is one of the hardest things to draw.

      It's also one of the hardest classes to find. However for the last year and a half, the Quincy Art Center has been filling that need and nurturing artists in the process. Click here to hear from Lana Rabe, the class facilitator on KHQA This Morning.

      Once a week Tri-State artists, like David Maas, crowd into a room at the Quincy Art Center to practice their craft.

      "If you can draw human figures, you can pretty much draw anything," Maas said. "The proportions, the lines, the textures, the lines in your hair, the texture of the cloth and everything. It's all relevant to everything else you do."

      The live figure drawing class here began after a local animation student saw the need to expand his portfolio ... with no class available in 100 miles. That's when the Quincy Art Center stepped in to fill the gap.

      Now the class meets Monday nights, to draw human figures live.

      "If they can come here, they don't have to find their own model, they don't have to pay their own model, they don't have to have their own studio," Lana Rabe said. "They can come here and enjoy camaraderie and draw."

      Artists come from wide backgrounds and skill levels. Some are professional artists. Others see this as a hobby. But no matter the reason, all artists like Jamie Green see value in the experience.

      "For me this is like cross training for athletes," Green said. "It's all about seeing, the lines and the colors and this is good cross training for me for that." Hear more from Green on KHQA This Morning.

      The class is held Monday nights from 6 to 8 p.m.

      According to the Quincy Art Center website , the model may be nude or partially nude at times. Participants must be at least 15 years of age and need a guardians signature to attend if under 18. Participants should bring your own materials, but we do have tables and easels that can be used.

      Click here to learn more about how this class fills gaps for students from KHQA This Morning.

      To help cover the cost of a model and operations we ask a $5 donation be dropped into a bowl.

      By the way, the Quincy Art Center is gearing up for its largest fund raiser of the year, the Beaux Arts Ball, which is December 22, 2013 at the Oakley Lindsay Center from 7 to 11 p.m. Click here for details.

      Click here to watch more from KHQA This Morning.