Why Life Drawing is the Ultimate Direct experince

All sketching is a great meditation,and at no time a waste of time,,whether sketching from a photo or simply memory and one's mind's eye..yet the photo is like the Map and can not replace the real model

The Real Thing

The map–territory relation describes the relationship between an object and a representation of that object, as in the relation between a geographical territory and a map of it. Polish-American scientist and philosopher Alfred Korzybski remarked that "the map is not the territory" and that "the word is not the thing", encapsulating his view that an abstraction derived from something, or a reaction to it, is not the thing itself. Korzybski held that many people do confuse maps with territories, that is, confuse models of reality with reality itself...for myself this is why photography can be artistic,yet can not likely achieve status of Art

The Social experince

The group of artists/students of art and the model make up a small "Society" (a great model for a larger Society)

Attention -in a life drawing session,the Model holds the Artist's undivided attention

Life Drawing class directories

Thomas Rowlandson