Interview with Lydia Thornley, 15th September 2020




“Chris was the most extraordinary teacher. When I reached foundation, I’d drawn–I’d drawn since before I could walk, it was just in me, as these things are–but it was Chris who really taught me to draw. I think that what was particular about the way that he taught drawing was that he taught the behavioural end of life drawing. He would do things like look at what we were doing and say, ‘Now how would that person walk off the page?’ and we would sit there giggling nervously, because we just had this vision of how the anatomy wouldn’t work on what we’d just put on the page. Or we would be drawing people who were moving and he'd talk to us about the need for patience when you’re out in the field drawing, and just looking at how people behaved, how they move and how they might come back to a position that they were sitting in. So in a sense he taught us how to look, as well as to draw.”


“I think its a real accolade when people remember how a tutor taught that far along the line, ‘cause I’ve just turned sixty, horrifyingly, so that was a long time ago that I was taught by Chris. So to remember how he taught and what he taught so clearly, I think, is testament to the quality of his work. [...] I always smile when I remember it as well. I still have friends now that I was in foundation with and no one has a bad word to say about him. We just really valued being taught by him.”


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