When I started my postgrad degree at York, I was amazed at the range of societies available. During my undergrad, I joined my previous university’s art society; but the timing ended up not fitting with my schedule, so I didn’t go very often. This year, I wanted to make an effort and I’m so glad I did! Art Society has been a great way to develop my skills and have a chance to unwind outside of my degree. Therefore, I wanted to share a spotlight on Art Society in this blog.
I’ve mostly been attending the life drawing classes, which take place in the evening. This means there are no lecture clashes, and it’s super relaxed. There’s been three this term – two of them had a professional art teacher running them, and one was a more chilled session run by a committee member. They insisted we all eat lots of biscuits – so there’s another reason to go if you needed one! I’ve learned a lot from the classes this term, and I can see my art improving, which is great. This time last year I was still saying ‘I just can’t draw people’.
I asked the committee if they could let me know what their favourite sessions were this term. They said, “we really love hosting life drawing sessions as everyone seems to love the opportunity. It’s great seeing people talk and score their work in our break!” The life drawing sessions have been such a good way to develop my own skills and see other people’s skills develop. I’ve found it really helps encourage body confidence and positivity; another reason I’d recommend these sessions to anyone curious.
Art Soc also run themed sessions, such as their Art Nouveau night, pumpkin carving, Christmas card lino printing and arabic calligraphy sessions. I’ve only managed to make it to life drawing and Art Nouveau night this term, but I always feel welcomed as if I’ve attended every event. The committee told me that they were particularly proud of their Art Nouveau evening as ‘everyone seemed so happy and the vibe was lovely’. They also let me know how happy they are to see people tagging them on instagram so that they can see the finished artworks from the sessions.
This year, Art Society hosted a joint Christmas ball with the Norman Rea Gallery and Art History society. It was a collaborative event between three super arty societies. The committee told me how happy they were to bring these three societies together, all sharing their ‘common interest in and love for art’.
Want to give Art Society a go?
If you’re thinking this society might be for you – check out the University of York Art Society Facebook page, or the instagram page @uoyartsociety. I can’t recommend this society enough and I’m looking forward to attending more of their sessions next semester!
You can take a closer look at Art Society here.