via Instagram Framing still to be done but at least we have a new sign! The handsome fellow looking relaxed in front of it is Cristian who made light work of putting it up. Early start for some of us tomorrow as we configure our studio for our biggest show yet. It’s going to be a cracker.

via Instagram Another clever solution to carrying wet panels thanks to Phil Burry. Two pegs glued together with a spacer. Simple and effective.

via Instagram New colours for today’s plein air course with David Sawyer. The sap green is really useful, cold green without the psychotic tendencies of pthalo green.

via Instagram @alex_tzavaras busy teaching today. Painting from casts is a good way to learn about shape, proportion and value. Alex keeps his students on a restricted palette, maybe just three tones to keep things simple while the important structures are established.

Easter Egg Hunt in Dulwich Village – Artists, paint an egg?


From March 15 th to April 2 nd 2018 a very special Easter Egg Hunt will be taking place in Dulwich Village. The unique, egg-shaped creations of 20 local artists will be displayed in the windows of the shops and businesses for locals and visitors to spot and enjoy. Each egg will be decorated to represent an aspect of Dulwich’s rich and fascinating past and present.

We need YOU to volunteer your creative talents to decorate one such egg.

The Ernest Shackleton Egg, the Pissarro Egg or even the Blitz Egg: we have a whole list of fascinating themes to suggest, or perhaps you have your own idea? We will be providing the ostrich-sized blank eggs.
Each egg will be listed with your profile, on our dedicated Egg Hunting Map which will be circulated in the Village and beyond. It’s a wonderful opportunity to generate interest in your upcoming Artists’ Open House and we are hoping for good media coverage of this early spring event.

Furthermore, in May, all the eggs will be displayed together during the Dulwich Festival period in the window of the Art Stationers (31 Dulwich Village) with your name and Open House venue number
for extra “egg-sposure” (sorry!). When it is all over your egg will be returned to you to keep.

All you need to do now is register your interest by emailing Mary Green on by February 21 st . Artists will be notified to start work on February 28 th and all eggs must be completed by March 14 th .

Best Wishes
Dulwich Village Association

via Instagram Its a beautiful day for plein air.. indoors!
David Sawyer taking us through the steps of structuring a plein air painting using a video sequence of Margate Harbour as source. Its warm inside with no fear of the rain and a potato and beetroot gratin is scenting the air as we anticipate lunch.
#djsawyerrba #pleinair #britpleinair #oilpainting

via Instagram Delia says four hours, should be done just in time for our Christmas party at our studio today. Don’t worry vegetarians, hazel is cooking a super deluxe nut roast thing in a separate oven for you.

It’s the end of our year so we’ll be celebrating in our studio after the Saturday morning session. You’re invited.

Regular Groups – click on the links below 

Wednesday Morning – Drop-in Life Drawing and Painting
Wednesday Afternoon – Drop-in Portraiture
Thursday Evening – Tutored Introduction to Life Drawing
Friday – Drop-in Life Drawing and Painting
Saturday – Drop-in Life Drawing and Painting

This is the last week of the year for the group and time for a well earned rest. Our goal for 2017 was to transition to an independent art school and to fill the studio with artists every day of the week, something we’ve achieved with the help of our talented tutors and tireless studio manager. Next year we will be refining our offering to support artists as they grow and establish themselves. We firmly believe that each artist has a unique voice and that discovering it is a crucial part of learning to paint. Our tutors all have their own distinctive ways of making images, working with them exposes us to the fundamental principles they all work with. These fundamentals are fertile soil and if we allow our own roots to be bedded in them our growth is more likely to be vigorous and sturdy and importantly the fruit will be a reflection of who we are, no one else.

Christmas Party Saturday 16th December 2.00pm – 6.00pm. Do come along to this after the Saturday morning session. You don’t have to draw with us first, just turn up at 2.00pm. We have wine and beer and festive food for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. We’re a friendly lot and but we usually converse with a paint brush in hand, how about swapping the brush for a glass and sharing some seasonal cheer?

Christmas Break after Saturday Session on the 16th December until the first drop-in session on Friday the 5th January

Wednesday Drop-in long pose untutored

Odilia stands for the last week of her pose with us. Alex is working on a portrait of her, the shaved head makes her look child like and androgynous. She is standing with an arm resting on our black column. We don’t have too many standing poses, some say we’re we’re too soft on our models!

Cost £15 no need to book, just turn up.

Wednesday Afternoon Drop-in Portraiture
2.00pm -5.00pm

A new model this week called Nicki. Her cv reveals she is an actor, singer, dancer and burlesque performer so sitting still for us will be a bit of a breeze for her. As this is the last week of the year we will continue the portrait after Christmas starting on the 10th January 2018 for two further sittings.

This is a drop-in group for those wanting to work on their portraiture. You can read more here

Cost £20 Tea and cake £1

Thursday Introduction to Life Drawing

The last week of our 12 week Introduction to Life Drawing. You may now feel that you know everything there is to know on the subject or you may, like the rest of us, realise the enormity of the task ahead of you. The truth is that artists never stop learning, which is why our daytime drop-in groups are full of well practiced artists who use life drawing as a way of keeping their eye in and their on-going visual enquiry alive. We will be running the same course again next  term, you’d be welcome to come back if you enjoy the tuition. Alternatively we run a drop-in at Love Walk down in Camberwell on Thursday evenings where you can just get on with it. If you want a longer time on a pose we run long pose drop-in sessions on Wednesday morning, Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings where we keep the same pose for three weeks.

Tonight’s model is Maria

If you’d like to sign up read more here


Friday Drop-in Long pose untutored

Sara – is in a demure seated pose for us, head looking slightly down. We’ve warmed the lights up a bit (just because we can now!) to enhance her golden skin tones. This is the second week of a three week pose which we will finish on Friday the 5th January 2018

Cost £15 no need to book, just turn up.

Saturday Drop-in Long Pose Untutored Life Drawing and Painting

Sophie is to be the model for our last session of the year. She practices yoga which qualifies her as a life model, inner stillness leads to outward immobility and good muscle memory helps the return to pose. We will continue the pose for two weeks after the Christmas break starting on the 6th January.

Cost £15 no need to book, just turn up.


Alison and Simon

Dulwich Art Group Organisers
Alison on 07968 063523
Simon on 07704 450169
Our venue is at 4a Champion Hill SE5 8AH you can find out how to get there here

Quick links to our educational courses here:

Clare Haward‘Representation, colour and seeing’ on Mondays and Monday Evenings
Alex Tzavaras: Mass Drawing and Oil Painting on Tuesdays and Tuesday Evenings
Alex Tzavaras: Portrait class on Wednesdays
David Sawyer: Landscape painting en plein air and in the studio on Thursdays
An Introduction to Life Drawing is on Thursday evenings
Our painting holiday is in the first week of September