Exorcise your drawing skills…

Hello folks! Hope you’re having a spooktacular Hallowe’en weekend and are getting your fancy dress kicks this evening. You may have noticed that the next art class falls on the very All Hallow’s Eve itself and we hope you’ll join us for a haunted sketch. If anyone has any supernatural-themed song requests for next Wednesday then please do drop us a line and we’ll try to include them. Bonus points will be awarded to anyone who chooses to draw in blood…

Without further ado, here are last week’s pictures for your viewing pleasure.

The Rainy City

Well, I guess that was summer then. The Manchester weather has clearly returned from its exchange trip to France and is setting about making up for lost time by terrorising us all. We hope everyone’s been safe on the roads, some scary driving has been witnessed over the last week!

As ever, we’re back next Wednesday 3rd October for an autumnal sketch, hope you can join us. There is also another open evening at AWOL Studios on Thursday 4th October from 4pm to 9pm. This is a great opportunity to check out the space and chat to some of the creatives who occupy it, including our very own Lauren Reyhani, art class founder. The studios are located on 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Floors, Hope Mill, 113 Pollard Street, Manchester M4 7JA. More information can be found on the AWOL website.

It’s… your pictures!

Hello folks, hope you’ve had a good week so far! Don’t forget, We Face Forward is on this Saturday in Piccadilly Gardens from 1pm – we’ll be there so drop us a line if you fancy coming along: chrisbartram@gmail.com.

Don’t forget, it’s the RWA’s 160th Open Exhibition coming up soon, and the deadline for entries is Wednesday 19th September if you’re thinking of entering. More details can be found here.

So without further ado, let’s get our Tony Hart on and have a look at your pictures in… the gallery! You know Morph got his name because Tony invented him when he was high on morphine. True story.

We Face Forward

Well weren’t we lucky that horrific thunder storm arrived just in time for the “summer” bank holiday weekend! The ceiling fell in at Chris’s work and now the whole office smells of wet dog – nice. All of that notwithstanding, hope you all had a good long weekend and your sketching muscles are suitably rested!

As ever, we deliver last week’s sketches along with a friendly nudge to come along to next Wednesday’s session, 7.30pm on 5th September at the usual venue – any newbies can click here for full details. It’s good to see people building on the previous class and getting stuck in with more colours and materials.

And for anyone who hasn’t checked it out yet, the Cultural Olympiad runs until 16th September, culminating with We Face Forward: A West African Festival at Piccadilly Gardens on Saturday 15th September from 1 – 6pm. We’ve enjoyed the exhibition so far, especially the Thursday Lates at the Manchester Gallery which we very much hope the gallery keeps up after the festival. We’ll be heading down on Saturday 15th, fingers crossed for the weather! Hope to see some of you there, we might arrange a meet-up if enough people want to go – give us a shout in the tea break next week.

Art class news

Hi everyone! Thanks for coming down last Wednesday – we highly recommend you check out the gallery this week as we’ve had some absolutely cracking pictures, everyone was on form last week! It’s great to see people working in a variety of styles and media and some of the regulars stepping out of their comfort zones to experiment with new approaches. We look forward to seeing you all next week. Hopefully the sun will be shining again : )

Last week’s pictures! Next week’s fixture!

Manchester art

Hello folks! Hope you’re all enjoying the Olympics. As ever, we’ve got a selection of last week’s sketches for you to enjoy – thanks to our model for stepping in at short notice to strike some sporting poses. We’ll be back next Wednesday, same time, same place, for more life drawing.

AND you may be excited to know that this week our website received its 10,000th hit! We’ve had visitors from 29 countries, from Iceland to New Zealand, including some surprising ones such as the Dominican Republic. Proof that drawing is indeed universal. Hope to see you next week! x

P.S. For those of you who were considering entering but thought you’d missed it, the deadline for the National Open Art Competition has been extended to 13th August – see here for more details.

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 http://www.thenationalopenartcompetition.com/.

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…