Bad Drawing – Draw Badder to be Better

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Bad Drawing – Draw Badder to be Better

It’s ironic isn’t it, that sometimes we have to forget what we know to learn something new. Sometimes we have to be a bit bad to be good. Bad Drawing on Monday evenings embraces the freedom to make mistakes, to make a bit of a mess to recover our mojo or just freak out for fun.

Tonight we have very excellent dancer Rebecca who will be giving us poses along the theme of shock and fear whilst we will be encouraged to explore drawing with both and each hands. At the moment, due to various upheavals, Simon will be running the sessions. It’s called the Bad Drawing group but you don’t have to be bad at drawing to join us, just have an aspiration to be a bit worse.

Join us to paint in our Covid Safe studio 

You may know that we’ve gone to great lengths to keep artists safe whilst working from a model in our studio. We take your temperature on entry (don’t worry, it’s not Nurse Packer snapping on some latex gloves to pop a thermometer in where it’s not wanted, we keep our distance and use an infra red device), invite you to sanitise and escort you to your work station. Once at your easel you are separated from other artists by transparent PVC screens so you can remove your mask and get on with your work safe from droplet intrusion. You can still chat away through the screens and when away from your workstation, just observe normal social distancing etiquette.

At the moment you can sign up for Wednesday’s portrait group and Saturday’s life drawing and painting. If you want to come along to Monday and Tuesday evening life drawing in the studio, drop us an email and we’ll arrange it manually whilst our bookings system is being updated to reflect the changing reality.

Pleinairists (without!) David Sawyer RBA


The Labyrinth Garden – Laurence Cutts

Whilst David is away painting in France the Pleinairists are meeting up on an ad hoc basis, no charge, just painting companionship.The fine painting above was done by Laurence Cutts last Friday in the Labyrinth Garden in Ruskin Park

Join up with other plein air artists – drop us an email to be included on the Pleinairists Whatsapp group.

Monday Evening Bad Drawing Group 7.00pm-8.30pm on Zoom

Tonight’s session is with Rebecca and will be hosted by Simon. Rebecca is a dancer and she will give us some expressive poses themed around shock and fear. We had such fun working with Freya last Tuesday where she introduced two handed drawing we will be working with the left hand and with both hands, just to shake our rivets loose.

You can join us on Zoom from 6.45pm and get to know us and any other drawers before work commences at 7.00pm.

The cost is £8 but if you can convince us you’re a student we’ll give you a code to get the session for £5: drop us an email

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Tuesday Evening Life Drawing 7.00pm-8.30pm on Zoom

Adrian 

Freya will be hosting again this evening and getting us to try new ways of working. This session is just one and a half hours of intense life drawing, perfect for getting a virtue rush before supper and stimulating the visual organ in a quite indecent fashion. Expect music, lights, action.

You can join us on Zoom from 6.45pm and get to know us and any other drawers before work commences at 7.00pm.

The cost is £8 but if you can convince us you’re a student we’ll give you a code to get the session for £5: drop us an email

Click here to book

Wednesday Drop-in Portraiture 2.00pm-5.00pm on Zoom


Rebecca WIP by Bukie Kawano

This is the second week of a two week sitting with Rebecca. She has a very captivating face (see a close-up in the image for Monday evening) and has perfected the art of posing with her mouth slightly open, which can work very nicely in a portrait.

This is a two camera setup with a portrait camera and a wide camera to get the figure in should you need it.

Please note that it is now possible to paint from life in the studio. Zoom fee is £15, in-studio fee varies.

Please book here

The session fee will be reduced to £12 if you use the discount code PESTE2 at final checkout.

Saturday Drop-in Long Pose Life Drawing 10.00am-1.00pm on Zoom



Elizabeth by Isabella Ward and Ben Smith

The second week with Elizabeth in a seated nude pose. Whilst still a teen, Elizabeth has a gentle sophistication which we loved: she has great poise. You may know that you can join us in the studio to paint her or work remotely from Zoom, either way you’ll get three hours of quality painting from a living model.

Please book here

The Zoom session fee will be reduced to £12 if you use the discount code PESTE2 at final checkout.