• Join Rove McManus for a live life drawing class on Saturday 4 July. (SBS)Source: SBS
Sharpen those pencils and get set for 'Life Drawing Live.' Saturday 4 July on SBS and On Demand.
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SBS Guide, Presented by
Rove McManus

16 Jun 2020 - 8:50 AM  UPDATED 16 Jun 2020 - 8:50 AM

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Ever wanted to join a life drawing class? Keen to brush up long-lost skills? Join host Rove McManus as we draw the nation together for a two-hour TV live event on Saturday 4 July at 8.30pm on SBS.

Amateur artists, including some well-known faces, will join Rove in the studio to sketch live life models as they strike various poses.

What’s Rove like as an artist? “I studied a fine art degree, so I am no stranger to life drawing, but that was a long time ago, so I am more than a bit rusty," he said."We all drew as kids, but I never stopped. I even managed to make a job of it illustrating my own kid’s books. Life Drawing Live gives everyone at home a chance to sharpen their pencils and have a go.”

For viewers game to pick up their pencils and draw along in real time, rest assured, you won’t be going it alone. Some of the country’s leading art experts will be there to help.

“Whether you’re participating or spectating, Life Drawing Live will be instructive, inclusive and entertaining. SBS will explore the role of drawing and art in reflecting our culture,” said SBS Director of TV and Online Content, Marshall Heald.

"Drawing has always been in my DNA," says 'Life Drawing Live' host Rove McManus
Rove shares his lifelong passion for the pencil, as he gets set to lead the nation in an ambitious life drawing class, live on TV (SBS, 4 July from 8.30pm).

The life models come from a range of Australian experiences and backgrounds, and the artists will bring various skill levels along with their enthusiasm.

If you're keen to emerge from iso with a new skill, Damian Davis from production company CJZ reckons “this is the perfect chance to gain one and to be entertained along the way. This is the nation’s biggest ever Life Drawing class, completely live and unrehearsed. We can’t wait to see the results from our in-studio rookie drawers and from everyone at home.” Neither can we! 

Life drawing tips from an expert
You don't need art training, or even a model, to try your hand at life drawing.

Participants in the studio will complete a series of life drawing exercises before attempting to capture a challenging final scene. For those drawing along at home, we’ll have our Pose Cam streaming the life models life via sbs.com.au/lifedrawinglive.

How to watch 'Life Drawing Live'
Everything you need to know about SBS's two-hour life drawing class on Saturday 4 July. Here's all the ways you can watch the live show, and draw along at home.

Share your drawings on social media using #SBSLifeDrawingLive or email them to lifedrawinglive@sbs.com.au for the chance to have your artwork featured during the broadcast and analysed by our experts.

The UK version, presented by artist Josie d’Arby, will also air on Saturday 11 and 18 July at 8.30pm on SBS. Josie will be joined by some of the UK’s leading art experts and special guests.

For more information and how to watch: sbs.com.au/lifedrawinglive

How to submit your artwork to 'Life Drawing Live'
Everything you need to know about how to draw along at home, and send your artwork to SBS Life Drawing Live.
How to watch 'Life Drawing Live'
Everything you need to know about SBS's two-hour life drawing class on Saturday 4 July. Here's all the ways you can watch the live show, and draw along at home.

Join the conversation and share your artwork on the night #SBSLifeDrawingLive 

Life Drawing Live premieres on Saturday 4 July at 8.30pm on SBS. The show will also stream live across Australia at SBS On Demand at 8.30pm AEST with a delay in WA, NT and SA.

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