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Life Drawing naked people is now a bi-weekly affair



The Whistler Arts Council (WAC) is now offering two life-drawing sessions per week, from 4 - 6 p.m. on Monday evenings and 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. Participants will sketch models in various gesture poses, from 30 seconds to five minutes, to hour-long poses where artists can create more detailed sketches and paintings of their nude subjects.

These are drop-in sessions and are open to anyone with any ability or lack thereof. Participants don't have to show their work, nothing is graded and instructor Lisa Geddes said there is no pressure.

"There are people who had never done it before and now love it and come all the time and have really improved," she said.

She will occasionally offer instruction for beginners a half-hour before the session, going over the basics for life drawing. As the classes have been rising in popularity they have been attracting between 10 to 15 people per day and everybody from seasonal residents to lifelong seniors.

"Really it's for anyone: young, old, beginner, advanced," Geddes said.

Drop in fees are $15 for non-WAC members. There are a variety of flex passes available for members.


Canada's Worst Driver looking for Whistlerites

Bad drivers. They are out there and they are numerous. They are our sons, our wives, and our godfathers. They make driving difficult and unpleasant and Canada's Worst Driver wants to help them out.

The Discovery-channel's top-rated program is enlisting Whistler's worst drivers for their upcoming seventh season.

"Anything that affects their ability to drive at a competent standard we will consider them and we're in the habit of trying to improve upon it as well," said the show's executive producer, Guy O' Sullivan

While showcasing the nation's worst drivers, O'Sullivan said they also treat the experience as a rehabilitation program for bad drivers by teaching them the basic skills of operating a motor vehicle - of which, he said, there are an astonishing number of people who lack these basic skills.

"We're very experienced at figuring out what people's proficiency levels are and what kind of hope there is to improve them," he said.

If you're a bad driver or would like to nominate someone for the show, call 1 866 598 2591 or email them at driver@propertelevision.com . The producers will come out to "observe the driver in their natural habitat," and if they still think they're bad enough, they'll invite them on the show.


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