There is not much time for socialising during the class. We tend to keep the break quite short to maximize drawing time. But we are quite a social crowd! After the class normally retire to one of the ‘locals’. Currently The Parlour on Beech Road. Anyone in welcome to join us.

The Parlour

Half Term?

An energetic and athletic Lauren was our model this week (she was straight from the gym), which made for some really interesting poses at start of class (most people leave the end works to be photographed, so they never made the cut!). It was quite a full class, perhaps something to do with half term? Here are examples of this week’s work.


Cosy Venue

As the nights draw in (it will soon be time for the clocks to go back!), it is really nice to have a cosy venue where we can meet up for a few hours each week. And lots of people must feel the same, because the number of attendees has not dropped yet, last year there was a dip as winter approached. Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday evening!

Have you got Bluetooth?

As people that have attended our class know we play music during the session. I try and play stuff that is interesting but inoffensive (I often fail on both counts!). If anybody has any suggestions of what to play during the session, message me here or by email ( Alternatively if you have a Bluetooth phone (or anything that plays music), we can always connect it to our speaker. You can create your own playlist for the session!
Look forward to hearing your suggestions!

The Stage is set…

Every so often ‘the stage is set for something different’. Almost literally, our Life Drawing class is set in the Theatre and on occasion there is a Theatre Set in place. It is handy to utilise it (without disturbing the set) if we can. It also means the lighting is different. Always good to try something new!

Just one reason…

One of the many reasons I like this class is the range of abilities. We have highly skilled artists that attend each week, and we also have people that are attending for the first time, and have not drawn for years, or in some cases, at all! They will have very different evenings, but hopefully they will both gain something from the class. Mark was our model last week, and be was excellent as usual.

Your Vote Matters This Time!

We are currently having issues with the lighting at The Edge. Although the Spot Lights are great for lighting the model, the overhead lighting bulbs have failed. This makes it difficult to see the paper in some parts of the room. The light fittings are antiquated, and not easily replaceable.
The Edge are currently seeking funds for replacement fittings, but there is no fixed date.
We can either continue as we are, or move to a smaller room. This Wednesday I am going to ask the class to Vote on the option of moving to a smaller room, or remaining as we are! Your Vote Matters This Time!
Here are images from last week…

We Return!

Life Drawing returns this week!
It has only been a few weeks but it seems like ages.
So we start as usual at exactly 7:30PM.

We have no way of knowing how many will attend, but past experience suggests quite a few (perhaps it is the students returning). So recommend arriving early.
Look forward to seeing you.

This is Life!

We were really fortunate last week to have Anya as our model. Anya is noticeably pregnant (about eight months). I have never run a class with somebody pregnant before, but when Anya suggested the idea, I jumped at the chance, though if I am honest I was a bit nervous. I needn’t have been, she was a star. There was one incident, and although I suggested stopping the class, she insisted it was nothing and we continued as normal. And once more I was surprised by the class, nobody was in the least bit phased. I suppose I shouldn’t have been, it is a Life Drawing class, and this is Life!
One interesting snippet, talking afterwards, somebody said….
“I was drawing her bump, and a few minutes later I realised I had it wrong and redrew it, this happened several times, at first I thought is was because it was such an unusual shape, eventually I realised it was the baby moving!”