New Challenges!

It was brilliant to start the New Year with familiar faces, and some new ones. This is the time of year for new challenges, and it was good to see several people were prepared to meet the challenge head on! Amina was our model last week, and like all our models she was wonderful!

Class Starts Again!

Even though it has only been a few weeks it seems like ages since we ran the last call. After all it was last year! Look forward to seeing old and new friends this Wednesday evening!

This Sunday

Just a reminder, there is no class tomorrow evening. We start again next Wednesday on the 9th January.

For those looking for something to do post the festive activity, what better way than visiting Didsbury Parsonage. I was responsible for devising and launching their first art exhibition after  the building had been shut for forty years. It was a tremendous success, and Didsbury Parsonage has been putting on exhibitions by local artists ever since.

Julia Walker,  has an exhibition this weekend, that includes several works she has produced at Life Drawing, They are slightly unusual, as she normally uses inks or water colour as opposed to pencil or charcoal.

If you are new to the area, there are also some lovely secluded gardens to wander through, in my  opinion one of the nicest spots in Greater Manchester. I also designed the poster, and plan to be there on Sunday.

Exhibition by Julia Walker

Hope you are enjoying your holidays!

Tonight, even though it is Boxing Day and few people would want to attend anyway, it seems strange not to be running the class! And of course we will not be running a class next week either. The next class is on the 9th Jan. By then everybody will be itching to get starting again. Last week our model was Maggi May (named after the song!). Hope you are enjoying your holidays!

Xmas idea

Len Grant occasionally attends our class, and is an avid sketcher, working a lot with the Urban Sketchers group. He mentioned his new book at a recent class, and I totally forgot to buy it! So I called at the Alexandria Library on Wilmslow Rd, in Rusholme. It is a lovely bookshop that also has art exhibitions, so I call in when passing.

They stocked it! When I went to pay, they asked how I knew about the book. I said I knew Len. They then told me it was a brilliant book, with lots of anecdotes and details of Rusholme’s curry mile, but no sketch of the Alexander Book shop! They are not happy about being let out!

So I can Highly recommend this book, unless your collection consists of drawings of bookshops beginning with the letter ‘A’,  in which case it’s useless.

https://www.lengrant.co.uk/work/the-rusholme-sketcher-2017-18/

Len’s Good Book

www.alexandrialibrary.co.uk/

Last class of the year!

WoW! It is the last class of the year this week. It has been a good year for us, everything has run smoothly. We are always pleased to see the regular drawers, amazingly there are still quite a few that have been coming for the last 5 years or more. But we are also pleased to see new faces, every week there is at least one person we have never seen before, and we can more or less guarantee this week will be the same!

 

A Good Year!

This week’s class is the penultimate class before the Christmas Holidays. Lots of people have things to do as the holiday’s approach, so for many this will be the final class of the year! It has been another great year, with every class successfully run. Though it was close once, the model didn’t turn up, but we had a wonderful volunteer! Let’s hope next year is as good…..

Kelly

 

Increases

There are now only two more classes until the Christmas Holidays. This year has gone fast!
Due to increases in room hire and general running costs the price of a class is going to have to increase next year. It will be £8 for the class, with students and restricted income £6.

But I see our class as encouraging artists and art practice, so as I have said several times in the class and repeat in writing, if you are a regular attender and are short on finances turn up anyway. Simply don’t pay, no questions will be asked.

And anybody at any time if you can only afford £5 that’s fine.

Kelly was our model last week, and as always she was great.

Congratulations!

Just heard that Chris Bartram, who ran this class a few years ago, and still occasionally attends, has had a baby girl this morning. Congratulations to Laura and baby Bridget! ! Look forward to seeing them soon.

Last week Shelly was our model, and her are some images of her

As mentioned earlier this week, United are playing at home tomorrow, so there will be lots of traffic around Chorlton, Stretford, so give yourself extra time.

Beware Traffic!

This week Wednesday 5th Manchester United are playing at home. This means the traffic in the area can be a bit heavy. So if you are planning to attend the class, give yourself more time than usual. And don’t worry if you are late, it happens every time United are at home! And if you are a United fan, good luck against Arsenal!