Artists take the lead

Hello again folks! Hope you’ve all had a good week so far. We’re looking forward to the start of the Olympics next week, and what better way to mark the occasion than with an Olympic-themed life class! We’ll be drawing such events as the paper plate discus, broom handle javelin and static hurdles. We believe these were all featured in the original Olympic games prior to the invention of modern equipment. Or not. Having said that, the original Olympic athletes did compete naked, so we are being historically accurate in that respect. Hope to see you there!

Without further ado, here are last week’s pictures for you to enjoy.

Art class news

Hello folks! We’re back next Wednesday 11th July with another life model, same time, same place. As ever, a big thanks to everyone who came along last week for our first male model – a selection of your drawings are displayed below for your viewing pleasure! Hope to see you next Wednesday folks. x

Last week’s pictures!

Hello folks! Here’s a selection of your lovely pictures from last week’s class; thanks as ever for showing your support and a big thank you to Olivia for modelling for us. We’re back again next Wednesday 27th June with another life model, hope you can join us! In the meantime, here are your latest sketches for your viewing pleasure.

Life Drawing 13th June

Chorlton Alternative Art ClassFirst off, we’d like to thank everyone who came along to the art class on 30th May – we had one of our best attendances and a whole bunch of new faces! Thanks to the great turnout we’re able to put the extra money towards some more much-needed drawing boards.

We’ve got another life model confirmed for the next session which is happening on Wednesday 13th June so mark it in your diaries! As ever, materials, tea and biscuits will be provided and we look forward to seeing you there.

And here’s another date for your diary – there’s still plenty of time if you’re thinking of entering the National Open Art Competition. The deadline for submissions is 31st July and there are a host of categories and prizes from drawing to painting  and beyond, with a £1000 regional prize for the North of England. Details can be found at

Speaking of exhibitions, hold onto your favourite pictures from the class as we’re harbouring plans for an exhibition in the near future – watch this space…

Life Drawing 30th May

Nude Drawing 30th May - Chorlton Alternative Art ClassHello Chorlton arty folks! A quick reminder that the next art class will be from 7.30 – 9.30pm on Wednesday 30th May and we’re pleased to announce that we have a nude life model confirmed. As before, materials and refreshments will be provided and entry is £6.

We’re not sure which studio we’ll be occupying this week but will post it on Facebook when we know. So if we’re not in the same room as last time, don’t worry it is definitely still on and the Edge staff can point you in the right direction.

If anyone left a jumper behind last time, we’ve got it saved so please come and speak to us on Wednesday!

Back and Burlesque! Art Class Wednesday 16th May

Ginger La RougeHello art folks! After an extended Easter hiatus – we ate too much chocolate – we’re back, bigger and better than ever. For a special first session of the new term we’re excited to announce that you’ll have the chance to draw the lovely Ginger La Rouge, co-founder of the North West Burlesque Society! A native of Sheffield, she was awarded best newcomer in 2007, has shaken her tail feather in a host of clubs from London to Stuttgart and has kindly agreed to sit for us, ostrich feathers and all.

We’ve made a few changes to the format of the class – each session will feature a life model (or occasionally a performer), plus paper and materials will be provided. In order to cover the cost of all these goodies we’re having to charge an extra £1 per person, so it’s now £6 a session, but we’re also providing complimentary tea and biscuits om nom nom. We’re also switching to fortnightly for the time being in order to make each session extra special.

We very much hope you’ll join us for the first new Chorlton Alternative Art Class – look forward to seeing you there! All newcomers are very welcome, don’t be shy. If you’ve never drawn before we’d love to have you along.

AWOL Studios Open Night 9th March from 4pm

Chorlton Alternative Arts
Kick off your weekend with a bang – AWOL Studios are holding their sixth Open Studios event from 4pm on Friday 9th March 2012 in association with Longevity Records and Dr.Me. It’s a great opportunity to meet a bunch of local creatives in their working environment, purchase work, be inspired, socialise and celebrate Manchester’s finest artistic talent.

Longevity Records will be showcasing some of the best local bands:

AMEB – 7:30pm
Rawcuss – 8:20pm
The Minx – 9:10pm
Seeing Hester – 10:00pm
DJ – 10:30pm ’til close

AWOL Studios is home to over 120 creative individuals and businesses practising in a diverse range of disciplines including fine art, ceramics, photography, graphics, fashion, crafts, jewellery, sculpture and many more.

AWOL Studios
Hope Mill
113 Pollard Street
Manchester M4 7JA

Chen Man at the Chinese Arts Centre

Chorlton Alternative Art ClassFrom 10 February to 7 April 2012, the Chinese Arts Centre is playing host to the first UK solo exhibition by renowned Chinese photographer Chen Man.

Over the last decade Chen Man has carved out a highly successful career as one of China’s leading fashion photographers, having shot for the Chinese editions of Elle, Cosmo and Vogue as well as working on commissions for Adidas, Nike and Motorola.

Chorlton Alternative Art ClassChen Man’s style involves heavy post-production and manipulation of her photographs, producing glossy, dreamlike images – a style that has made her a firm favourite with the advertising industry as China’s consumer culture takes off.

Catch this exhibition while you can – it’s on now and up until 7 April 2012 at the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester. Admission is free, and the Centre is open from 10am – 5pm from Tuesday to Saturday.

Chinese Arts Centre
Market Buildings
Thomas Street
M4 1EU

tel: +44 (0) 161 832 7271
fax: +44 (0) 161 832 7513

Opening Times

Tues – Sat: 10am – 5pm
Sun – Mon: Closed
Bank Holidays: Closed


The story so far…

Beards of ManchesterWelcome to 2012! If you’re a user of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, a.k.a. the Mayan calendar, you’ll be on the last few pages by now. In which case, count yourself lucky – I myself am a user of the Beards of Manchester calendar and am required to replace it every  year, so stop snivelling!

2011 was a good year for the Chorlton Alternative Art Class – we hosted not one but two exhibitions in our local stomping ground of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, and sold one drawing for an undisclosed five-figure sum! Ok, one of those facts may not be true, I’ll leave you to figure out which one.

Having built up a loyal following of amateur artists since the inception of the class in 2010, we’re now taking a mighty leap forward – with our very own website! The aim is to complement our Twitter account and Facebook page with a dedicated site to show off all of your lovely drawings to their fullest.

We will also be posting articles, reviews and information about the art scene in Manchester and beyond from time to time. For all this and more, including details of our weekly Wednesday evening drawing group why not sign up to our newsletter!