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An Introduction to Life Drawing goes Zoom

Zoom Drop-in Groups – click on the links below

Tuesday Afternoon Short Pose Drop-in Life Drawing
Wednesday Morning – Drop-in Life Drawing and Painting
Wednesday Afternoon – Drop-in Portraiture
Saturday Morning – Drop-in Life Drawing and Painting

Learn to draw the figure from the beginning: An Introduction To Life Drawing

Drawing the human figure is a challenge but if persevered with, it is the surest thread to follow in the larger task of observational drawing. We have run our Introduction to Life Drawing for many years now and well over a thousand students have used it to establish their drawing practice. The central premise is that whilst we all find our own way to communicate what we see, most artists use one of a handful of methods as their starting point. We introduce these methods and allow you to find what works for you.

In two weeks time we will be running this course using Zoom. We will teach using demonstration and discussion, you will get one on one time with a tutor and a professional nude model to work from. Zoom works well for this kind of teaching. This course is ideal for complete beginners but more experienced artists also find it useful for filling in gaps.

Summer Term 10 weeks, 25th June – 27th August 2020
6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost £95

Sign up here

Why you should join the Pleinairists’  Whatsapp group.

Whilst we are all locked down we can’t get into the studio but the advice is now that we can meet in groups of up to six people so long as social distancing is observed. This means that David Sawyer’s Pleinairists can meet and paint out doors. As you may know, David paints outside several days a week as the weather allows, in order to supply his galleries with work to sell. These small groups are the perfect chance to paint alongside a seasoned pro and learn as you go. More info below.

Travel to Iraqi Kurdistan and draw with George Butler

George Butler is going to be running an exciting drawing holiday in Iraqi Kurdhistan in October which you may be interested in looking at here. Whilst Iraq itself is still a troubled area the Kurdish region in the North is safe for adventurous tourists. It has spectacular scenery, and fantastic history: “We will be discovering the legacy of the Assyrian empire, ancient fortresses, bustling bazaars, spectacular mountain scenery, 5000-year-old cities, and the notorious hospitality of the Kurdish people.” You can read more about the holiday here

George Butler’s illustrations of recent protests are featured on the Guardian website here


Last week, painting on Streatham Common with David

A message from David Sawyer: “The weather looks set to improve next week, although there’s a chance of the occasional shower.
Tuesday morning from 10.00am I’ll be painting at Streatham Common/the Rookery
Wednesday l plan to take a trip to Shoreham village in Kent, it was the home of the visionary painter Samuel Palmer & I hope to find some inspiration & bucolic English landscape.Will be there around 10.00am & will bring my lunch heading back mid afternoon.
Friday morning 10.00am it’s back to dependable Ruskin park but not the garden, I’m thinking of painting further up with the view across the city”

If you are interested in painting along with David the Cost is £35 per session, which lasts approximately three hours and you can sign up here. We use our Pleinairists Whatsapp Group to coordinate.
These are small groups where social distancing is maintained throughout.

Tuesday Drop-in Short Pose Life Drawing 2.00pm-5.00pm on Zoom

Valeria will offer us a series of short poses which will get longer over the course of each of three hours.

You can choose to join us for one, two or three hours and as we’re still rolling this out the charge will only be £2.50 per hour. To get the special price use the discount code PESTE1 at final check out when purchasing the session.

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

Ros will sit for two weeks, this Wednesday and next Wednesday.

Please book here

The session fee will be reduced to £10 if you use the discount code PESTE2 at final checkout.

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

The second and final week with Paul, already some very good work emerging – the one at the top is by Illustrator Ed Simkins who took advantage of the second camera wide angle view and then a head shot by Paula Macfarlane

Please book here

The session fee will be reduced to £10 if you use the discount code PESTE2 at final checkout.

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

Fitness instructor Emily is in standing pose and this will be the second and last week. Above you can see the portrait view by Andrew Berridge and the wide view as depicted by Gordon Stewart.

Please book here

The session fee will be reduced to £10 if you use the discount code PESTE2 at final checkout.