Merry Christmas from Chorlton Alternative Arts!

We’d like to say a big thank you to all our supporters over the past year. Without you we wouldn’t be able to run the class, so thanks for showing up! We’re closed now for the holidays, but we’ll be back up and running in January so watch this space for details. Hope you all have a great holiday and see you in 2013! In the meantime, here’s a bumper gallery of pictures to tide you over the festive season.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pictures from Weds 21st March sketch

Thanks to everyone who came along this week! Hope you enjoyed it. Your lovely drawings are posted below in glorious hipstamatic monochrome. Here’s to a great weekend – if this sunshine keeps up then we’re in for a corker. And if you’re at a loose end and a fan of real ale, my tip for the top is tomorrow’s Real Ale Festival at the Museum of Science & Industry, from noon ’til 10.30pm.

Happy weekend, hope you have a good one!

Piccies from Weds 14th March sketch

A big thanks to everyone who came along to last night’s sketch at the Edge Arts Centre! We mixed things up a bit this week – for the first hour there was a static model, then the class went up to the big rehearsal room to draw a contemporary dance class in action. It was a challenge to try and sketch dancers on the move and pushed the sketchers out of their comfort zone and into a brush with plastic dynamism. But enough waffle, here’s the latest batch of your drawings!