The Dulwich Art Group organises life drawing and painting sessions which are open to people of all abilities.
Each week there are five drop-in sessions where there is no formal tutor and artists are free to pursue their own approach to painting or drawing. However if a student wishes to have guidance or direction there are plenty of members who will offer advice, some of whom are lifelong art educators. Looking over the shoulder of someone who appears to know what they are doing can often be as much education as is required. We also run tutored groups and workshops – scan our regular emails or look on the menus above.
If you’ve been thinking of taking Art Classes or an Art Course these groups may well support or supplement. As with an Art Course there is a sense of progression, not through any outside agency but through regular and honest application and effort. Making a commitment to oneself to draw seriously just once a week can have benefits that reach beyond the immediate image produced. The neural pathways opened up through observation and mark making can suffuse other areas of ones life and work with creativity – drawing brings good things!
For Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays we have a single pose which is held for the whole session and often for a week or two thereafter. This will enable you to complete a complex piece of work or several studies. On Wednesday and Saturday we have morning and afternoon sessions, you can come to either or both, it’s the same model and pose. On Friday it’s just the one session.
We have refreshments and light lunches available at a modest price. There are model breaks every 20-25 minutes and a longer break for tea or coffee half way through when we also collect fees. It’s very friendly with plenty of other artists to chat to.
Our studio is well equipped with professional lighting, easels, drawing boards, chairs and we have other materials available for sale, paper for example is 20p per A1 sheet.
We strongly suggest that you sign up for our email updates where we keep you informed about models and poses and any other issues. We will always notify by email first.
Drop-in groups run throughout the summer, indeed, unless this page says otherwise we are open, just drop in on a Saturday, Wednesday, or Friday and you will be welcome.
We have tutored groups where you can learn to draw and paint with experts. We give a great deal of thought to making sure your learning experience is positive and we understand that we all have our own way of progressing.
Introduction to Life Drawing
On Thursday evenings we run a group from 7.30-9.30pm. It has demonstration and optional tuition with shorter poses. We recommend that absolute beginners start with this one. It requires a commitment of at least six sessions out of every twelve week quarter. More here
Mass drawing and oil painting with Alex Tzavaras
Portrait artist Alex teaches his rigorous process, an excellent introduction to oil painting for those who benefit from a structured approach with clearly defined steps. In the Autumn this will run all day Tuesday during term times. More here
Figure painting in oils with Clare Haward
Starting on Monday the 6th June Clare Haward‘s studio school ‘Thinking Abstractly, Painting Figuratively’ will be beginning with a structured figure painting class from 10.00am-4.00pm. Clare will show us how to paint in oils by direct observation of colour, a good approach for beginners and an excellent refinement for the more experienced
Still Life Painting with Clare Haward
From the 6th June Clare will show how we can use the principles of her colourist approach to paint beautiful still life. 7.00-9.00pm Monday evenings. More here
Observational drawing and painting with children. We make good quality materials available and combine the rigours of observational drawing with a playful approach. Thursday Afternoons 4.15pm-5.45pm more here