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.

Happy Birthday to us!…

This coming Wednesday is Chorlton Alternative Art Class’s 2nd birthday! We’ve hit the terrible twos and are looking forward to marking the occasion so we hope you can join next Wednesday for sketching and if you’re good boys and girls a celebratory slice of cake!

We’d also like to mention that one of our regulars John Lynch is curating an exhibition The Div/sion of Power at Fletcher Moss Art Gallery (Didbsury Parsonage). The exhibition will open on 16th with a launch event – details can be found on Facebook or on the Institute of Temporary Art website. Hope you can make it!

And last but not least, here are last week’s pictures!

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:

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