The Dulwich Art Group organises life drawing and painting sessions which are open to people of all abilities. We tend not to call them Art Classes as with no formal tutor, 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 intermittent tutored groups and workshops – scan our regular emails or look on the learning menu 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!
Have a look at some output at one of our recent sessions here
For Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays a pose is usually set for a period of three weeks, each weekly session runs for three hours which can feel quite long if you’re not used to it but it does give you a chance to make some headway, try a number of approaches or depict the model from a number of positions by moving around the room.
There is a break in the middle for refreshments and conversation
Each session is paid for at half-time on the day allowing flexibility, you don’t have to commit to a whole term for example. In fact we run throughout the year and stay open through the holidays too other than Christmas, New Year and Easter weekends.
The group is run by artists for artists and at £12 it is very good value compared to local authority run courses. The open structure is also a point of difference that many people find appealing along with the hard to find longer poses.
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.
We 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.
On Thursday evenings we are running a group from 7.30-9.30pm. It has optional tuition and shorter poses and requires a commitment of at least six sessions out of every twelve week quarter. More here