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The Dulwich Art Group and School organises life drawing and painting sessions which are open to people of all abilities.

We run Drop-in Groups and Tutored courses

Each week there are three or more life drawing 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 life drawing 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 – life 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 sometimes also afternoon sessions, (please check). You can come to either the morning session or to both, it’s the same model and pose. On Friday it’s just the one afternoon session.

We have home cooked freshly made 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  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.

Learning – Tutored Courses

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.

MONDAY – PAINTING IN OILS WITH CLARE HAWARD

Mondays, daytime and evening sessions
Spring Term Session 1: January 7th – February 11th
Spring Term Session 2: February  25th – April 1st
Daytimes 10.00am-4.00pm
Evenings 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Half term February 18th

  • Learn to paint directly in oil paint
  • Unpack the secrets of great composition
  • Explore colour and how to mix it
  • Work from still life and the human figure
  • Become expert in studio practice
  • Get close support from experts
  • Flexible format – attend all twelve classes or session one or two.

More info and sign up here


TUESDAY – IN THE STUDIO WITH DAVID SAWYER

Tuesdays 10.00am-4.00pm
Spring Term Term 8th January – April 2nd
Half term 19th February

This winter David will run most of his sessions in the studio working from still life and video reference to build finished paintings

  • Learn to paint in oils
  • Observational painting from still life and landscape
  • Benefit from the practical experience of a celebrated artist
  • Gain essential studio skills for painting from reference or life
  • Learn to paint quickly and effectively – ideal for landscape painting
  • Work out doors ‘en plein air’ when the weather is agreeable

More info and sign up here


TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS – PORTRAITURE WITH ALEX TZAVARAS

Tuesdays or Wednesdays 7.00pm-9.30pm for twelve weeks
Spring Term 8th/9th January- 2nd/3rd April
Half term 19th/20th February
Tutor: Alex Tzavaras

Learning portraiture in oil paint with an expert. Alex’ course is progressive, if you haven’t painted with him before the beginners portraiture is on Tuesdays.

More info and sign up here


THURSDAYS – THE ARTIST’S VOICE – REBECCA CARTWRIGHT DE FONTENELLE

Thursdays for twelve weeks
Spring Term January 10th – April 4th
10.00am-4.00pm
Half term February 21st
Tutor: Rebecca Cartwright de Fontenelle

  • Work with a sophisticated professional artist
  • Use narrative to unpack your personal story
  • Map out your own individual process
  • Learn how perceived weaknesses can become strengths
  • Connect your art with your heart
  • Move beyond skills based representation
  • Establish a strong studio practice
  • Gain confidence in a variety of media
  • Release your mojo as an artist

Working from still life and the model in a variety of media close attention we be given to your unique and individual response.

More info and sign up here


AN INTRODUCTION TO LIFE DRAWING

Thursday Evenings
Spring term January 10th April 4th
7.30pm prompt until 9.30pm
Twelve week term – sign up for any six

Working from the nude model we explore a variety of drawing methods and you will discover what works for you. We have a demonstration early on in the evening which will introduce a technique or key concept. For beginners this can form the structure for progressive learning, for the more experienced it’s always good to be reminded or just to dust down old skills.

More info and sign up here


FRIDAY – SKILLS

A foundation in the elements of visual art
For beginners or advanced artists with gaps in their skills set.
Chief Tutor Simon Dunstan.

Friday mornings 9.30am-12.30pm
Spring Term January 11th – April 5th
Half term February 22nd

  • Learn the essential skills that have supported artists since the renaissance.
  • Study in three week chunks for maximum flexibility
  • Become fluent in your own visual language
  • Dry media and wet media
  • Work from still life and the model

More info and sign up here


A Painting House Party in Herefordshire.

Join the annual Dulwich Art Group painting holiday during the first week in September in beautiful Abbey Dore in rural Herefordshire. A full programme of landscape painting ‘en plein air’ with a life model thrown in for mornings and emergencies. Clare Haward will take the plein air workshops and the holiday will be run as a house party hosted by Alison and Simon with all of us sharing meals (cooked by private chef Mathew.) More here