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Frida Kahlo Online Self-Portrait Class June 25th

June 18, 2020

Isn't it time for a real selfie? 

Join the London Drawing Group for a Portrait Class on June 25th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm EDT and explore the life, works, techniques and symbolism of one of the world's greatest painters, Frida Kahlo.

 

This online class is open for all ages with a pay as you can suggested donation of $10. Purchase tickets here.

 

Explore one of Frida's favorite mediums of self expression; the self-portrait, an amazing introduction to the perfect way of staying creative at home.

 

Students will be working from themselves in a mirror, or if you have a handy portrait sitter in the house, you can work from them.

 

They will be exploring personal symbolism so your tutor will send you a list of things to get ready for the class, all of which you can find around your home.

 

No other artist has taken such advantage of the medium of self-expression offered by the self-portrait, her paintings ooze personal suffering, triumph, love and tragedy through a simplicity and frankness often interwoven by complex symbolism. Through this class you will be given a brief overview of Frida's incredible life, the techniques and styles she pioneered, followed by a series of specially designed exercises that will help you explore Frida's personal way of working, help you learn to express yourselves through painting, AND create a great self portrait.

 

Although it may sound simple, the self-portrait is an art in itself, and LDG tutor Luisa-Maria MacCormack @luisamariamfineart will be on hand to guide you through the most common pitfalls and mistakes as she will be drawing and painting along with you! Working in glorious color in honor of Frida herself, this class will be a truly unique opportunity to take your drawing to a very personal place.

 

MATERIALS

Not everyone will have the exact same materials at home during lockdown, so don't worry if you haven't got exactly these.

 

You'll need:

Some kind of paint/ink: ACRYLIC, GOUACHE, WATERCOLOR OR INK

Some kind of pencils for drawing on top: PASTEL PENCILS, WATERCOLOR PENCILS, DRAWING PENCILS

Brushes

Paper that will not warp too much when you paint on it

Some kind of plants/flowers to draw from, if you haven't got any handy don't worry, you can always just print some pictures out

A few objects that have personal meaning to you for the 'SYMBOLISM' part of the class - these can be absolutely anything that mean something to you, they could be something you have around your house, or something from which you can print a photo. 

 

For example: 

A photograph of a loved one

A ring from your Grandfather

A paint palette

 

You don't have to have more than one, and if there's any confusion please ask: londondrawinggroup@gmail.com

 

The Zoom link is embedded in your confimration ticket and on June 25th you will receive two Zoom links.


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DC Phase One Reopening May 29th

May 28, 2020

D.C. Mayor Bowser announced an executive order that will go into effect on Friday, May 29 that will place the District in phase one.

 

With this new order in the District non-essential businesses will be allowed to operate with curb-side or front door pickups, according to Bowser. 

 

Barbershops and hair salons will be allowed to operate on an appointment basis only. 

 

Restaurants will be able to open and provide service to outdoor seated areas.

 

The mayor encourages telework and remote work for all employees that are able to during phase one.

 

District residents are still encouraged to follow CDC guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick

For more information on COVID-19 measures in the District visit coronavirus.dc.gov.


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Thor Equities Submits New Design to OGB for 3000 M Street

May 6, 2020

According to Washington Business Journal, Thor Equities submitted a new plan April 17, 2020 to the Old Georgetown Board (OGB) for the site at 3000 M St. NW. Thor Equities purchased the property in 2016 for $53.5 million from SB-Urban, which had acquired it in 2013 for $45 million. Thor started construction on the redevelopment in 2016, but then stopped in 2018.

 

Redevelopment of the former Latham hotel site, originally planned as a hotel with 82 rooms and 27,000 square feet of retail spread across three levels, has now evolved into an eight-story, 256-room hotel with a single level of retail fronting the shopping corridor.

 

Formerly Michel Richard’s Citronelle, the 10-story, 125,000-square-foot Latham was shut down in 2012 due to extensive water damage. 


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