Atelier Denu is an arts organisation in Ottawa, Ontario, and in Gatineau, Québec, Canada.

The organisation takes its name from atelier, which means workshop, and the old English denu, which means valley. The Ottawa Valley surrounds the Ottawa River from Mattawa to Hawkesbury.


Mandate

The mandate of Atelier Denu is to train its members in life drawing and other figurative art, to train its members in storyboarding and other sequential art, to develop professional competencies for models, to organise illustrators and models in solidarity, to promote figurative and sequential art to a broad public, to work with other progressive organisations to achieve social justice, and to host special events on- and off-campus.

Atelier Denu is an accredited community service offered to all students frequenting the University of Ottawa or the Université du Québec en Outaouais and to any person wishing to attend its activities.


Weekly life drawing workshops

Atelier Denu currently realizes its mandate principally by way of drop-in life drawing workshops offered at each University on a weekly basis. The two-hour life drawing workshops are at a cost of four dollars per attendance.

The workshops are held in the University of Ottawa’s Laurier building at the corner of Cumberland and Laurier. In its first year of operations, Atelier Denu ran 19 such workshops. In its second year, it ran 23. There have been several drawing sessions with food, with themes (Valentine’s Day, books, bicycles, conflict), with costumed models, and with two models.

In its second year of operations, Atelier Denu ran 12 summer workshops at the Sandy Hill Community Centre under the name POS3S, each composed of three poses, 30, 45, and 60 minutes in duration.

In its third year of operations, Atelier Denu expanded to offer drawing workshops at UQO.


Other activities

Each year as a closing activity, Atelier Denu organised a free, sustainable transportation still life drawing event in collaboration with the Bike Coop of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa.

Atelier Denu trained 11 models in its first year of operations and 14 models in its second year.

Each year since its inception, Atelier Denu has participated in the City of Gatineau's Grand ménage du printemps to clean up municipal riverside parkland.


Chronology

The first weekly life drawing event of Atelier Denu at the University of Ottawa started on October 8, 2010.
The first weekly life drawing event of Atelier Denu at the Sandy Hill Community Centre started on June 16, 2012.
The first weekly life drawing event of Atelier Denu at the Université du Québec en Outaouais started on September 17, 2012.

Contact

The e-mail address of Atelier Denu is atelierdenu@gmail.com
The web site of Atelier Denu is http://atelierdenu.blogspot.com
The facebook page for Atelier Denu is http://facebook.com/AtelierDenu
The twitter name for Atelier Denu is @AtelierDenu

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