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(how to paint and draw using all media)

(semi-tutored classes with different life models every week)

Tutored art groups meet in YOULGRAVE
 and BAKEWELL Derbyshire:




life drawing Diane Kettle
B.A.(Hons) Fine Art, Cert.Ed.

30+ years teaching experience
in schools and art colleges

telephone for further details:
Diane Kettle 
01629 636763

2018 Autumn Art classes •   Life drawing in Bakewell •   why do life drawing?

Hello again

I hope you are having a good summer break enjoying this fantastic Mediterranean weather.   No need to go on holiday !

I have spent some time in Newlyn again.  Always an inspiration.    Also camping in the Cotswolds with my grandson.   My other two grandsons might be with me in August so that will mean some more camping,  cooking over open fire  {weather permitting and fire risk permitting } and playing in and damming up the source of our river in Bradford Dale.

My art work this summer has solely been collage flowery pictures which are getting smaller in size.  Whilst camping I make fleece rugs which also make good sleeping mats.

AUTUMN 2018 TIMETABLE for art classes







READING ROOMS (next to The George Pub )


 General art class

Sept. 12.19. 26. Oct.  3.10. 17. 24.
Nov.  7. 14. 21. 28
Dec.  5.


12 pm

 12 weeks at £72

YOULGRAVE… READING ROOMS (next to The George Pub )


 General art class

Sept. 13. 20. 27

Oct.  4. 11. 18. 25

Nov.8. 15. 22. 29

Dec. 6



 12 weeks at £72

Print a copy of the timetable here

The Youlgrave classes need to be booked for the whole term, as we are following structured sessions.    The classes on a Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon are interchangeable.   So if you can’t come to the class you have registered for you can swap it for a time at the other class.   So that means you should be able to attend a full 12 weeks

For the first week at Youlgrave we will be practising

Wednesday….colour mixing so bring water-colours, brushes, water-colour paper, water-pot

Thursday….drawing shells in charcoal..so bring charcoal sticks, rubber, sketch paper,and some shells.

A time table of the 11 other weeks will be pinned to the notice board in the Reading Room.

 The life drawing class in Bakewell is now run by Angus Stokes  and still has the drop in option. You would be made most welcome. Contact details below

I shall look forward to seeing you again soon .

Best wishes

Diane Kettle
01629 636763

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Friends Meeting House, Church Lane, BAKEWELL, DE45 1EL

Wednesdays 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Classes restart 12 September 2018 every week for 12 weeks

All ability  levels. Angus Stokes tutors with help and advice if requested.

Drop in £15 for three hour session or discount for prepaid term payment

Male and female models. Short and long poses. 

Occasional character clothed model, burlesque or sports      

Cartridge paper and drawing materials available 

Easels welcome. 

Free drinks and biscuits

Art books and magazine display

Materials and art  product news 

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Contact Angus Stokes if you wish to be added to his private mail list for these life drawing classes

Mobile: 07831 717773 

Email: angus@angusstokes.com 

Facebook : facebook.com/angusstokesartist

Twitter:  @angusstokes


A typical format of a  life drawing class would involve different models each week; male, female, old, young, ample and thin! All bodies are different so you have a new challenge every week. It is not good artistic practice to draw the same model from the same viewpoint every week.

We usually start with quick drawings where the model poses for 5 minutes and you try to get as much of the pose as you can. The quick drawings 'get your eye in' and connects your eyes to your drawing hand. This loosens your drawing so that your drawings of longer poses are more free and well proportioned. It doesn't matter if beginners start with match stick figures, making simple marks on the paper is a good way of making immediate progress.

After the short poses we tackle a pose with more time to achieve a finished drawing. This is usually about 90 minutes. More observation gives time for a detailed drawing or painting. I tend to circle round the class and give assistance where required or requested during the long poses.

Any medium can be used. Most artists start with charcoal or pencil. Cheap paper is ideal for this exercise - sugar paper, wall lining paper, cartridge. I have boards , clips and free cartridge paper., charcoal and erasers

When the model takes a rest, usually every 20 minutes, most artists stand back and view their efforts from a distance. This makes it easier to see where proportions of the drawing need to be changed.  This is also a chance to view the work of other students' work. Artists are a friendly bunch and always willing to give helpful tips or receive comment on their own efforts.

We have a break for tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat. 

After the break we often resume with three 20 minute poses. You take home six or seven drawings after an afternoon or evening life class

life model and figure drawings

life model

charcoal and pastel



The life drawing classes can help your drawing and painting skills in many ways. It can teach you observation as it is not until you try to draw something that you really start to look. You observe where one line is in relation to another. You start to look at the spaces between parts of the body, looking at the negative spaces between the limbs, It can teach you proportion and perspective by looking at the foreshortening of the body

I can teach you how to get the proportions by measuring techniques. How to line up the body and to see the central axis through the body.

Life drawing 1930

Life drawing and painting is an academic exercise that has been taught in art schools throughout the centuries.  Our classes are more informal than this one from 1930! 

My all day class below has several large life paintings in progress in oils, acrylics and watercolours.

Life drawing class tutor Diane Kettle

Life drawing is a very good way of teaching the craft of drawing and painting . It is quite difficult to do at first but I know that once you can draw a body you will find it very easy to draw anything else. Definitely a good way for you to start seeing and observing for everything is within the human body that needs to be learnt for other drawing and painting skills. You learn and improve your skills with line, proportion, mass, volume, perspective, tone and colour By looking at colour and seeing subtle colour on the body will enable the student (you) to see more colour in the landscape and environment and thus increase a colour awareness and give more pleasure and appreciation to every day life.

All the different mediums can be used in life drawing

Pencil drawing where the use of the different weights of line can be employed different shading and blending techniques. How the rubber can be used to make marks and used as a tool rather than as an eraser.

Charcoal sticks - again how to get different weight of line and how this medium can be used for blocking in tone or making different textural marks.

Graphite, pen and ink, brush and ink, stick and ink, conté crayons, pastels, oil pastels, collage, all the  different types of paints, the list could go on and on .... use whatever medium you choose.

Enjoy your art!