Well after a quiet few weeks, mainly due to football fixtures, the class numbers have improved again, so we can carry on running as normal till August at least! This week Amina was our model, she has worked with us a number of times, and has improved every occurrence!

The nights are also getting lighter so for half the class there is light coming through the windows, as well as our lighting.

Who Knew ?

Shelly was our model last week. She last worked with us last year, but we are always pleased to see her, because as well as being an artist (we are biased, they are some of our favourite people), she is also a performer, and among other things can do Arial Yoga, who knew such a thing existed?

It was to be expected !

For once we guessed right! The combination of the Easter Holidays, and the biggest Manchester Derby game in years meant the class had the lowest turnout since the middle of last summer.

It was to be expected!

It did give us a chance to do some slightly different poses. Often we keep lying down poses short as many people have an obstructed view, but this week everybody could move to a good viewpoint. We are so used to seeing people, especially faces, horizontally, that drawing somebody lying down is a real challenge.  Also Kelly out model was not feeling 100% so everybody benefited!

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week!

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.


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 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