NEW: Life Classes on Sunday afternoons in E17

After a very successful taster Life Class on Sunday 24 August at the rather wonderful Hornbeam Cafe in Walthamstow (you can see both the slideshow and the work made here) you can now book for up to eight 2-hour taught classes ….


Artists of all abilities are very welcome, but booking is essential as places are very limited. This is a wonderful opportunity to make original art in front of a life model and you can book the whole season in advance (8 courses from September to December) or sign up for any week you like. Why not have a delicious lunch (or brunch) at the cafe downstairs first to make it a special Sunday? You only have to bring yourself (and a sketchbook if you wish to take notes) as all materials will be provided.

These classes will be taught using my hard-won philosophy about teaching art:

“I teach a language, not just how to copy – copying is certainly a skill, but each artist needs to do something rich and rhythmic with their ability. My approach, using led exercises  ensures that both the teacher and the students are always on the edge of discovering something new. We are all in it together, for the first time. Art, like language, has a structure, a pattern, a syntax and the common strands in visual experience can be taught and learnt. It is up to the individual to use that language with the infinite variety of individual expression. This is a liberating approach: we all might not have the skills or inspiration of a great master, but everyone who really wants to draw, can begin to make a connection between their inner and outer worlds and communicate through art.”

Every class starts with a short slideshow to introduce that week’s theme, followed by drawing exercises in a variety of media. Expect the unexpected ….

These courses will be held every other Sunday:

August 24th

Making: Sculptural Life             Masking tape:white chalk on black

September 14th

Drawing: Auerbach                    Charcoal Line:Erased Charcoal

September 28th

Making: Picasso                          Low relief card:graphite drawing

October 12th

Drawing: Heath                           Trace of seeing with pencil:pen

October 26th

Making: Phillips                          Newspaper:magazine collage

November 9th

Drawing: Vaughan                       Pencil line:pencil tone

November 23rd

Drawing: Degas                            Chalk and charcoal

December 7th

Drawing: Giacometti                   Oil pastels in line:in tone


Do email me for a place NOW at as places are genuinely limited – we’re using the small space upstairs for this first class (while the cafe is open downstairs – arrive early or stay late for delicious vegetarian, locally sourced, organic and fairly traded food):



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