Open Figure Drawing At MAL


unnamedArtists at the Mispillion Art League (MAL) in downtown Milford continued their monthly Open Figure Drawing session on Wednesday, February 5, practicing their ability to translate the image of the human body on paper. Local actress Olivia Henning was the evening’s subject as several artists used their medium of choice as they sketched several poses.

An artist herself, Olivia is active in the visual and performing arts across the state of Delaware. Although acting is her main pursuit, Olivia is also a musician and prefers using the mediums of watercoloring and sketching when creating art. Asked to be the model for February’s activity by Kathy Walls, coordinator of the monthly Open Figure Drawing Sessions, Olivia was quick to be a part of the experience.

“I thought it would be fun, although I was a little nervous,” commented Olivia. “I want to be involved with anything that exposes me to art.”

Ms. Walls directs the Open Figure Sketching sessions the first Wednesday of every month at the Mispillion Art League. Trying to find subjects from all different walks of life, the group has sketched ballerinas, athletes and actors.

“The artists enjoy this because they are here with others sketching ,” commented Walls. “It is comfortable and artists have the chance to perfect their skills.”

Throughout the night, artists sketched several versions of the subject in different poses, working on their interpretation of the human body. Mispillion Art League member Selman Wright stated that this form of art is critical to individuals creating visual art.

“If you can draw the human figure than you can draw anything,” commented Wright. “It allows artists to practice proportions, direction and structure.”

Occurring the first Wednesday of each month, the Open Figure Drawing session will continue on March, 5 from 5:30 to 7pm. Artists of all levels are encouraged to join the free activity, asking that participants make a donation to the Mispillion Art League while there.

Hosting several classes per week and showcasing local art daily, the gallery is located at 5 N Walnut Street on the corner of North Walnut Street and Park Avenue, right in the heart of Milford’s downtown area. The gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10am to 5 pm and Friday 10am-6pm, and by appointment. Individuals can call MAL at 302-430-7646 or learn more about the organization at