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A fantastic opportunity for experienced students and artists to further their drawing and painting in response to an unclothed life model holding a whole day pose.

Image: Artist Tutor Paul Barlett

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults and young people aged 18+ years. It is open to improvers. Anyone who is at a stage where they can work independently while benefitting from tutor led group concentration and support is welcome to attend. These open studio sessions are beneficial to students wishing to supplement basic methods and techniques taught on other courses as well as those putting together a portfolio, artists wishing to resolve works for exhibition and art teachers seeking quality creative time for themselves.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as a learning support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

This is not a taught course but an opportunity for experienced students and artists to progress with their individual creative journey, while gaining confidence by relating to others in a conducive working environment.

You will work directly from an unclothed professional life model who will hold a whole day pose set up by the artist tutor. We employ a range of different male and female models for our life drawing and painting courses.

The artist tutor, while being available for general advice, will be teaching through demonstration, working on his own drawing and establishing an environment that enables all artists to benefit from shared concentration.  At the student’s request, one-to-one support may be given to consolidate drawing skills including measurement, proportion, line, tone, colour, using art materials such as pencils, charcoal, pastels and paint.

These open studio sessions are an excellent opportunity to further your individual drawing and painting in response to a life model, gaining an insight into how the human form can be a fascinating ongoing topic for artistic study in its own right. You will be sharing a journey with artists over many centuries that have found it to be a useful discipline, complementing their other arts activities.  

This class includes breaks.

Do you need to bring anything?

The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, erasers, sharpeners, brushes and paint.

You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs for this course.

Who teaches this course?

Paul Bartlett

The intense atmosphere in the sessions deepens concentration and enriches the work produced.


Using these sessions has enabled me to develop and extend my body of work well beyond my expectations.


The positive and encouraging way the sessions are run has increased my self-confidence and developed my own sense of being an artist.


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