Quimper Arts is first and foremost a group of artists who draw and paint (and even sculpt!) live models every Monday. Click the History tab to see our history.
When and Where
We have two sessions with different models each Monday. The morning session, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, is consists of shorter poses. The first ten poses are one minute each, and the models often strike dramatic poses that would be hard to sustain for more than a minute. Then there are a couple each of 5, 10, and 20 minute poses. The artists enjoy warming up with the shorter poses, capturing the general gestures, leading up to the longer poses. There are as many approaches as there are artists: Some focus on just the portrait; some refine the shading; some use the model for general inspiration and don’t attempt a realistic representation. The afternoon session, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., involves just a single pose by the model. Obviously, the models can’t sustain a pose that long; the models take breaks every 20 minutes and tape their position so they can return to the same position. Some artists prefer the morning sessions; some the afternoon; some of us come to both sessions.
We are indeed fortunate to have a group of great models, both men and women of different ages and shapes, but who are all diligent and talented. (If you are interested in being a model, please visit our Model Schedule page and see the contact information for the morning and afternoon model schedulers).
Our meeting place is the the Masonic Lodge, 1360 Jefferson St, Port Townsend, WA, which is the red brick building behind the stone post office building. If you wish to join us, please arrive a few minutes before the starting time in order to set up. If you have an easel, great; if not we also have “horses” (benches where you can sit and prop your drawing board in front of you) and tables.
We warmly welcome new members. January is a great month to start your membership. Dues are $60 per year. If you are a new member the dues are prorated based on the month you start. Once you are a member, the cost is $10 per session you choose to attend. If you are not yet a member, you are still welcome to attend as many sessions as you wish. The cost for non-members is $15 per session.
Here are some extra benefits to joining Quimper Arts:
- With your membership dues we have the stability to keep this vibrant community of artists alive and assure we can meet our rent and other expenses.
- We also have in the past, and plan in the future, to offer educational opportunities. These have in the past included instruction about charcoal portrait and figure drawing. Please send in your suggestions about what educational programs you would like to see in 2018!!
- There is also the ability to show your work. This blog site has an artist page that will soon be revamped to include current members and samples of their work (optional of course). We can link to your own art web pages and/or Instagram if you want other members or the general public to see more of your creations. Pippa’s Real Tea invited us to set up a show in 2016, and we will return in 2018. The Jefferson County Fair has offered us a wall for just our work in their art room at the fair (although anyone can, of course, submit masterpieces for the regular exhibit space).
Quimper Arts is one of several vibrant Port Townsend art communities, including Port Townsend School of the Arts, Northwind Art Center, a plein air group, an urban sketcher group, and many wonderful galleries and their artists. We are always interested in finding ways to join with other artists in our community. So please contact us if you have ideas about getting together, for example for educational programs!
Questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.