beginners life drawing classes, liverpool, southport and merseyside

ART LESSONS ARE HELD THROUGHOUT SEFTON AND LIVERPOOL. Hightown, Lydiate, Maghull, Formby, Southport and Liverpool.

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group of merseyside and southport artists, on art courseI run two life drawing classes on Merseyside. Liverpool and Lydiate L31 4HL.

For beginners, the life class is structured according to the needs of each person. As with any group of people, you will find different needs and different abilities. Some people may have done art at school, then nothing for many years, but have a long desire to do it - And that's all that's needed.

Life drawing is the best way to learn how to measure correctly, as it demands concentration that you might not give to another subject; a landscape for example.

Many people are detered from life drawing by the belief that they 'they just cannot draw figures!' The key to drawing figures, or any other subject, is measuring. I can teach you how to measure, using the thumb-and-pencil method.

The photo on the left is how you'd find the proportions of a bottle. An example of using my system. You'd measure the figure - or any other subject - the same way. Yes, You probably need three full Saturdays to learn the measuring system. Then it's down to practice. Then on to tonal work, using charcoal. Then you move on to using paint if you wish.


Above, watch a short video to see how to use the thumb-and-pencil method

No matter what your experience, I can help you learn how to draw and paint the figure. If you join one of my art classes, you will be with like-minded people and you will learn from them as well. The group also arranges art events, like visits to the Walker art gallery and the Tate in Liverpool.

When you first join, you will start by drawing the standing figure, which is easier. As you get more skilled and confident, you will be able to tackle more complex poses, like a laying down pose.

members attending one of their exhibitions

left, Members at one of our exhibitions:
We often have exhibitions throughout the local area.

Twice a year, we organise an art exhibition. This provides an imputous to members to prepare work which they can exhibit and hopefully sell. Apart from enjoying the feeling of having their work exhibited before the public, it provides an opportunity to see their work in the contex of an exhibition. Plus, members enjoy the social event as well.

One of our exhibitions:
We have two exhibitions. One in early May, over the bank holiday weekend and one at Christmas. An opportunity for members to exhibit and to sell. For most members, the exhibitions have provided them with their first ever sale of their work.

Left: Once you have mastered the measuring and can draw the figure in proportion, then it's the same approach for portraiture. The reason people struggle to get a likeness in a portrait, is because they are unable to locate the features accurately - the eyes, nose and mouth. This is where measuring overcomes that problem. Otherwise you will never achieve a likeness.

If you think that joining a class might be a bit intimidating, don't let that put you off. Remember, everyone in the class have the same interest as yourself, plus they also felt the same. Besides, people join at different times, and they soon settle in. However, what I advise potential members is ..."Why not come along and meet one of the classes?".... Then go away and make your mind up? There's no obligation. by coming along you can meet and talk to other artists about the art course.

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Close   |    visit this website for information on my general art classes    |    for further information, email me:

telephone: 07737982513