Pictures from Weds 21st March sketch

Thanks to everyone who came along this week! Hope you enjoyed it. Your lovely drawings are posted below in glorious hipstamatic monochrome. Here’s to a great weekend – if this sunshine keeps up then we’re in for a corker. And if you’re at a loose end and a fan of real ale, my tip for the top is tomorrow’s Real Ale Festival at the Museum of Science & Industry, from noon ’til 10.30pm.

Happy weekend, hope you have a good one!

Piccies from Weds 14th March sketch

A big thanks to everyone who came along to last night’s sketch at the Edge Arts Centre! We mixed things up a bit this week – for the first hour there was a static model, then the class went up to the big rehearsal room to draw a contemporary dance class in action. It was a challenge to try and sketch dancers on the move and pushed the sketchers out of their comfort zone and into a brush with plastic dynamism. But enough waffle, here’s the latest batch of your drawings!

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Chorlton Alternative Art ClassThe Chorlton Alternative Arts website is open for contributions! If inspiration strikes and you feel like writing an article or post on any arts-related subject, be it philosophical, technical, topical or personal, then please do get in touch. There’s no prescribed format or word count, and every article featured will be credited to the author, with a link to their website and contact details if you so desire. Speaking of which…

Link building

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We’d love to hear your feedback on the site, anything you’d like to see included or any other improvements you suggest. There are heaps of ways to get in touch, just see our contacts page. Hope to hear from you! x

The story so far…

Beards of ManchesterWelcome to 2012! If you’re a user of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, a.k.a. the Mayan calendar, you’ll be on the last few pages by now. In which case, count yourself lucky – I myself am a user of the Beards of Manchester calendar and am required to replace it every  year, so stop snivelling!

2011 was a good year for the Chorlton Alternative Art Class – we hosted not one but two exhibitions in our local stomping ground of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, and sold one drawing for an undisclosed five-figure sum! Ok, one of those facts may not be true, I’ll leave you to figure out which one.

Having built up a loyal following of amateur artists since the inception of the class in 2010, we’re now taking a mighty leap forward – with our very own website! The aim is to complement our Twitter account and Facebook page with a dedicated site to show off all of your lovely drawings to their fullest.

We will also be posting articles, reviews and information about the art scene in Manchester and beyond from time to time. For all this and more, including details of our weekly Wednesday evening drawing group why not sign up to our newsletter!