Word of Warning!

This coming Wednesday Manchester City play Manchester United at Old Trafford at 8PM !

This means the traffic in Chorlton will be awful before the class. So if you have to travel at all give yourself plenty of time.

On the other hand with a number of regular attendees watching the game, and several on holiday, it should not be crowded, so if you have ever thought of attending, now is a good time !

Veronica was our model last week, it was a welcome return, she has not worked with us since she moved away from the area a year or two ago.

Something new?

While traditionally it’s the New Year when people try something new, for me it is this time of year. Spring seems the ideal time to look at things afresh. And perhaps it’s because most of the people I know are involved in the arts, but I think everybody likes a challenge. So next time you attend the class, try something different! If you normally use Pencil, use Charcoal, If you normally produce line drawings, produce draw without using lines! And of course if you have never attended and are thinking of it, this is the ideal time!

Aaron was our model last week, and he was excellent.


On Wednesday evening Manchester United play one of the biggest games of the season against Barcelona. The game starts 8PM. That means traffic will be at its worse about the time of the Life Drawing class. Your journey will take longer than usual!!

PS don’t worry if you are late, we expect it!


Wow you really notice when the clocks change. It is now light for more than twelve hours a day, or at least it is on a bright day! So it is now daylight when you arrive at the class. Summer is just round the corner! The class is not as full now as it was earlier in the year, but it is still worth arriving early if you can to guarantee a good seat.
Marissa was our model last week, probably he model I have drawn the most, she is really professional, so nobody could blame the model for bad drawings!


The last two weeks the number of attendees has stabilised, which is good for those attending, it means there is always a good spot. Though as we mentioned last week, it can be unpredictable, so it is always good to arrive early!
Last week our model was Oksana, who was new to us, but is an experienced Life Model, and it showed!
Images from last week. I forgot my camera, so they are not as good as they should be….

A call out for anyone interested…..

We got This Email last week, thought we would post it in case anyone attending the class is interested. CAA are posting this info, and have no further details nor are we liable for any inaccuracy. 

I’m a playwright from Manchester. I have previously had worked performed by Jude Law and last year I won the Cardiff Fringe Best Writing Award.

My theatre company are currently looking for a sketch artist to be part of our latest production. We are trying to find somebody who can respond live to the play, whose work would be projected throughout the entirety of an hour-long performance. The hope is that as well as being a beautiful and thematic visual layer to the play, the sketches could also be used to corroborate a ‘mystery’ in the story.
I am getting in touch with you because I was wondering if one of your students might be suited to this opportunity? As a 25-year-old creative, all of my success thus far has been from when people in the industry have actively sought out new talent / given me a chance – I would like to offer a similar opportunity to a talented young artist from my hometown.
If you do think one of your students would fit the bill, please let me know. We would first get them to film themselves responding to a video of the first 5 minutes of the play. Then, if we think they are what we’re looking for, we’d pay for them to go down to London for a rehearsal with the cast. Following this, they would be part of 2-3 performances at a prestigious Manchester theatre, with the possibility of further performances around the country.
If you would like to know more about the play, here is our show pack: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7wss1lk0a1plnug/The%20Toad%20in%20the%20Hole%20-%20theatre%20tour.pdf?dl=0
Thank you so much for your time and all the very best
Simon James

A Real Treat!

As people who have attended the class for a long long time will know, the number of attendees varies wildly, and on any given week we have absolutely no idea how many people will attend. Even our best guestimates can be way out, sometimes far less and sometimes far more. But there are certain trends, and one is that the number will be greater at the start of the year, dip to a low in middle of summer and pick up again towards the end of the year. So at start of year we can afford, on occasion, to book two models. Last week we had Zoe and Aaron, real life partners, and you could tell by the way they reacted to each other. It was a real treat!

This Wednesday, female and male model, hopefully!

Because the attendance has been so high recently, we have occasionally hosted two models. Which for reasons that are too complicated to explain here, can be far more than twice as difficult to arrange. So it turned out that the models last week (Lauren and Sarah), only met during the session, which was not ideal! But they have both worked with us many times before, and the session went brilliantly.

So as a rare treat we are going to repeat the exercise again. We have arranged a male and female model for this Wednesday, so hopefully that is who will turn up on the night, fingers crossed!

Twice as Good !

Last week the number of attendees was quite high, so we thought if we had similar numbers this week, we could afford to use two models.
As the space is circular it means we can arrange the models so everyone has a choice of front or back views much of the time. So it provides the opportunity to choose one model or another, or to draw both models together. Quite a challenge in 20 Minutes!
Below 1 min drawings of Lauren, one of this Wednesdays models.

1 Min Drawings

We all view and draw very differently.

We had a Japanese model last week,called Ai. People found her really long and very dark hair either really easy to draw or really difficult. Just goes to show how we all view and draw very differently.

One of the unfortunate things is I cannot often draw while running the class, so I missed the opportunity! Which was really hard as she was such an interesting model to draw. I am now going to have to wait until somebody else runs a class with Ai as the model!