Who would have thought?

As mentioned in a previous post, for students it is the start of their year. So several students attend at this time. When I first started running Life Drawing, I expected that students would be Art Students, but bizarrely, or at least bizarrely to me, they are from lots of different courses, medical students ae frequent. Who would have thought?

Examples from last week’s class

The ancient Greeks wrote of the Phoenix, portraying events like these.

The North West is blessed with a few independent Art Studios. They are mostly run by dedicated teams that give up their time effort, and often finance (Where do you think the money to paint walls and the rest comes from?), for the ‘greater good’. They do it because they are artists, and they know how vital the arts are. Rogue Studios an institution for more than twenty years, was forced to move due to redevelopment. They have found a new home for eighty or so artists in Openshaw, and are opening their doors to the public for the first time this Friday. There are open studios as well as a brilliant exhibition ‘Manifesto’ in their new gallery space, Manifest Arts (of which I am one), co-curated.

It will be a great evening, and weekend, and a real celebration.

The ancient Greeks wrote of the Phoenix, portraying events like these.


Curating ‘Manifesto’ for Rogue Arts Studios

Hope to see you this evening!

It is now well and truly autumn. It is starting to get dark when we arrive at the class, and it only seems like last week (I exaggerate for effect!) when it was light when we left. Sarah was our model, who has returned to Manchester after a long and eventful summer. I am late putting this out, hope to see you this evening!

Start of New Year??

After one of the nicest summers in numerous years, It’s now officially Autumn! Let’s hope it is as good as the last few months. Students see this as the start of the year, and many people find it is time to get over the holidays and time to do something useful. And what could be better than developing one of your skills.!

Who Attends?

When people first attend the class, they often worry they will stand out if they are only starting Life Drawing. Especially if they find themselves beside somebody that is highly experienced. But that worry is completely unfounded. Often there are attendees who have very limited experience, and sometimes people that have never drawn before! We are always prepared to offer advice if required, but it mostly boils down to…Enjoy yourself, and Experiment!

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back! After our short break, it was good to be back at The Edge. Although it was only a few weeks it seemed longer. It was great to see familiar faces, and also good to see new ones. Maralie was our model for the evening, it was her first time at our class, I have drawn her a number of times before, and was glad to offer others the same opportunity!

Starting Again!

Well it has only been a few weeks, but it seems much longer.
But this Wednesday 5th Sept we are starting again!

The model and the room have been  booked, now it’s just up to you to turn up!


Once again there is no Class this week, though we do start again soon! The 5th September to be exact.
This weekend the Festival of Manchester is happening in Platt Fields Park. I am organising a fashion show, which given my lack of fashion sense, is deeply ironic!



Reminder, there is no class this week, or next week. The next class ls in September.

August is a quiet month at The Edge, as people have holidays, and our final class was no exception. But as always it was excellent, due mainly to Sophie, the model for the evening. Although it was her first Life Drawing class for us, it was easy to tell she is an experienced model.

Examples of last week’s work.



While The Edge is closed we are thinking of running an all day session, possibly on Grosvenor St one day over a weekend. It may present the opportunity for people to paint or use other materials. Will mention it at Wednesday class, and measure the interest…