Night Sessions #3 – Colour and tone

Night Sessions #3 - Manchester Life Drawing

Wed 19th June
6.30 – 9.30pm
22 Redbank, Manchester M4 4HF

Contact to reserve a space.

#22redbank - Manchester Life DrawingNight Sessions is Manchester’s only 3 hour life drawing session run by creative professionals for creative professionals.

Join us for an evening of drawing, painting and socialising at photographer’s studio and whisky lounge #22 Redbank. The third session will focus on colour and skin tone, making use of unusual lighting effects. We’ll set long poses, giving you the chance to do more detailed work if you wish.

This is a great opportunity to experiment with colour too – feel free to bring paint and canvas or any other materials (if using oil paint, please bring odourless solvent).

There are some easels/boards available – let me know if you need these or are bringing your own.

Places are limited and it’s essential that you book in advance –contact to reserve a space.

#22Redbank is a new mixed use venue from the Liquorists and Tone Photographer in the Green Quarter of Manchester. For more information, visit

Summer’s here?

Sunshine, hailstones, thunderclouds, more sunshine… I give up. All journeys outside will now be accompanied by suncream, umbrella, picnic blanket and wellies.

We hope you enjoyed the second (final?) performance of Drawn Together, Drawn Apart, which took place at the Edge on Monday 20th May as part of a Chorlton Arts Festival double bill alongside Visions of Grandeur. Some photos of the event can be found here! The project explores the relationship between two very different but in some ways analogous art forms, and the themes of memory, time and movement. We hope to be able to continue this project in future, so watch this space for details.

In the meantime, hope to see everyone at next Wednesday’s class, and as ever, here is a selection of your pictures from the last session. Hope everyone enjoys the bank holiday weekend! There’s a promising forecast of sunny thunder-hail dust storms, hurrah.

Join us at Chorlton Arts Festival in May!

Hi folks! A big thanks to everyone who made it to our class on 1st May, and special thanks to those of you who volunteered to lend a hand over the summer. Tonight’s class will be the last one with Joe at the helm for a while but we plan to continue throughout summer, with maybe a short break for holidays – all updates will be posted on here so keep checking in for the latest information.

There will also be one last chance to see Drawn Together, Drawn Apart, the drawing and dance collaboration featuring some of the art class artists, conceived by Joe along with dancers Joseph Lau and Shona Roberts – it will be taking place at the Edge Theatre and Arts Centre on Monday 20th May from 7.30pm, sharing the bill with Visions of Grandeur, a fantastical dance-theatre work by New York based performer Simone Sobers. This performance will be part of the Chorlton Arts Festival programme of events – more information can be found on their website.

And of course, as always, here is a selection of your pictures from last week’s class – hope to see you at tonight’s class!

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.