We thought it was summer !

Wow you thought summer had arrived and it has disappeared just as quickly! A few weeks ago the room was to warm and this week and last it has been cold enough to have to use the heater for the model. The rest of us can put on a jumper! This week the gas in the portable heater ran out and it took a while to find a replacement, nobody was expecting to use them again until autumn!

Emma was our model last week, it was her first time but you would not have known it, she is a dancer, and it showed in lots of her poses!


The quiet summer months..

One of the really nice things about running this class, is the amount of really nice people you meet. I have attended other classes where the class is more formal, and nobody speaks to each other. And other classes which are the extreme opposite. But our class is just friendly. And I find it quite touching how often people explain to me they won’t be attending the next few weeks, as they are on holiday or whatever. Recently of course a whole host of students have said they will not be returning till September. So we are heading for the quiet summer months, so if you are thinking of starting Life Drawing, now is the ideal time !

Katherine was our model last week, I had drawn her at the Sandbar class on Sunday (Highly recommended!), and she was equally as good.

Manifest Arts Festival

At least some will be aware I am passionate about Visual Art, obviously including drawing !

I also think we have some of the most talented practitioners, here in our corner of the North West, but you would not know it. The Visual Arts here are hugely unrepresented, although we have some excellent public galleries, local living artists are largely absent.

To help address the issue Manifest Arts was created, our aim is simply to ‘Promote North West Artists ‘. We Run a festival every two years opening all the studios in the region, and having multiple exhibitions in their gallery’s and elsewhere. It happens this July, and hope to see you at one of the events !

More difficult than it looks !

Well last week saw a sudden change in temperature. For the last few weeks it has been rather warm in the room, and we have even had to use fans. But last week the temperature really dropped and we had to use a heater ! Mind you the model then found the room too warm. It was Ossies first time modelling, it is amazing how much nervous energy you can use just standing still. Experienced models make it look easy, but when you see someone less experienced, it makes you realise how difficult the job actually is.  So although the heater made the model too hot , it  was adopted by one of the attendees who found the room chilly !

How people move..

Last week was a busy week. Lots of it was spent organising a fashion show for AfroJam in Whitworth Park. Several class members appeared, which was nice. I’ll post some photos one day! I take a keen interest in how people move, several members of our class have drawn dancers before in ‘Drawn Together Drawn Apart’ which ran in The Contact Theatre and Z-Arts as well as The Edge.
Sophie was our model last week, and once more she was fantastic.

Normal ?

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!

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!