Chorlton Art Class Needs You!

Hello again everyone! We have an important announcement to make this time round, so read on…

Joe is leaving us for a few months to study contemporary classical art in France! Which means that we’ll be short-staffed from mid-May until mid-August. We could really do with another pair of hands to help with some of the organising of art class while he’s away. It’s not a big commitment, just a little time each fortnight to help with booking models, replenishing materials and setting up and running the class on the day. If anyone would like to help out, please get in touch with Chris at

And now, let’s have a look at your awesome pictures in the gallery!…

Drawn Together, Drawn Apart

Hi folks! There’s a very special live drawing/dance event featuring some of the Chorlton Art Class artists taking place on Saturday 20th April from 7.30pm at the Contact Theatre, Manchester as part of the Turn Festival:

Drawn Together, Drawn Apart – A relationship captured through dance, drawings & impressions – by Joseph Lau, Shona Roberts & Joseph While

Joe-01Tickets for the event are £8 (£5 concessions), or £10/£6 for a two-day pass for the festival.

Booking is via 0161 274 0600 or online at Please quote “Drawn Together Drawn Apart” when booking your ticket, as we may be awarded with some extra funding if we sell the most tickets!

The Turn is Manchester’s micro-festival of dance, taking place on Fri 19th & Sat 20th April at the Contact Theatre on Oxford Road, and co-produced by Word of Warning, Contact, Dance Initiative Greater Manchester and Live at LICA.

And now, without further ado, here’s a double helping of sketches from the last two classes!

Seeing double

Hi everyone! Sorry for the radio silence over the last few weeks – we’ve been busy as little bees organising a special drawing/dance collaboration event, which you may have seen details of elsewhere on the site. More announcements will follow soon including the date of the event, which is due to take place in April. We hope you’ll be able to join us!

We’re back next week for more sketching at the usual time and place; in the meantime here’s a double helping of your pictures to make up for not posting them last time…

A call to artists!

We’re looking for volunteer artists to collaborate alongside two talented contemporary dancers in a live drawing and performance project and exhibition! Get in touch today to find out more by emailing or click on the flyer below for more details. This project is part of the Turn Mcr festival 2013.


First pictures of February

Hello folks, hope to see you all at the next class on Weds 20th Feb – we have a new model lined up to exercise your drawing skills! We’ve also been assured that the heating is being fixed so it won’t be quite so cold anymore.

If anyone has any feedback or requests for poses in the upcoming class, don’t be afraid to drop us a line at and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

As ever, here are your pictures from the last class!

Wintering out

Hello again folks, and apologies for the delay in getting your lovely pictures online! January proved to be an art-packed month, with several exhibitions opening including Ma Quisha’s first UK solo exhibition at the Chinese Arts Centre and a series of pieces by Lucy May Schofield and Leanne Richardson at Paper Gallery on Mirabel Street.

We’re back at the Edge Arts Centre this Wednesday 6th February for another sketch, hope to see you there. The Edge have opened a new cafe on the premises as part of the ongoing expansion of their facilities – it’s great to see the Centre doing well, but unfortunately this means we will no longer have use of the kitchen. You’ll be able to buy tea, coffee and snacks from the new cafe during the break.

Without further ado, here are the pictures from the last class…

Beat the January blues

We hope you all enjoyed the first sketch of 2013! We had a great turnout and were pleased to see the cold weather didn’t put people off. We’re back on Wednesday 23rd January from 7.30 – 9.30pm at the Edge Arts Centre for another January blues-busting sketch, hope to see you there!

For anyone who feels like venturing out this month, there’s still a chance to catch Manchester Art Gallery’s The First Cut exhibition – a selection of works by artists who cut, sculpt and manipulate paper, taking this humble medium way beyond the two-dimensional boundaries it is usually confined to. For anyone who needs them,  directions to the gallery and opening times can be found here.

Without further ado, here is a selection of your fine works from last week’s class.

Happy New Year from Chorlton Alternative Arts!

Happy New Year from Chorlton Alternative ArtsHappy New Year folks! Hope you’ve all had a great holiday, ate and drank yourselves silly and are feeling suitably guilty now. We’re back to take away the January blues with our next sketching session on Wednesday 9th January.

We’re back at the Edge Arts Centre now so we can welcome all comers as there are no space restrictions so we hope to see you there! As ever there will be tea, coffee and biscuits to warm the cockles, and your £6 entry fee includes materials and paper.

Tomorrow’s class is fully booked

We appear to have been victims of our own success – all the places for tomorrow’s class have been reserved. Thanks to those of you who wrote in to request a place – if you can’t make it for any reason please let us know ASAP so we can reallocate the place. Below is a photo showing where the entrance to the Jellyfish Rooms is – if you can’t find your way tomorrow then you can call me on 07900 436 466.

To everyone else, a big apology – due to a combination of a smaller venue for this class and a growth in attendance we weren’t able to cater to everyone on this occasion. We will look to remedy this for future, but in the meanwhile if you’d like to reserve a spot for our next class on 12th December (also at the Jellyfish Rooms), please do get in touch.

With thanks and apologies,
Chris x

Art class at Jellyfish Rooms

We’ve got an important announcement to make this week – the next TWO art classes won’t be taking place at the Edge Arts Centre as the space is being used for Christmas theatre performances. Instead, we hope you’ll join us next Wednesday 28th November at the Jellyfish Rooms, 583 Barlow Moor Road M21 8AE. We’ll also be at the Jellyfish Rooms on 12th December. The Jellyfish Rooms are right by Four Banks, in the next building along from HSBC on Barlow Moor Road. The entrance is set back from the road a little.

Spaces will be limited for these next two sessions so please turn up early on the day as we may need to turn people away if the space gets too full. If you’d like to ensure a place at the class then please do drop us an email at and we’ll reserve you a spot. If the class fills up before the day we’ll post a notice on Facebook at

In the meantime, a big thank you to everyone who came last time for our busiest art class yet! Here are your pictures from that session.