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(tutored classes with different life models every week)
(how to paint and draw using all media)

Tutored art groups meet in YOULGREAVE
 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

2017 Autumn timetable    •    typical class format      •     why do life drawing?

Hello again

I hope you have had a good summer break even though the weather has not been brilliant.

I have spent some time in the Cotswolds,   East Anglia and enjoyed the beaches on the North Norfolk coast.   Before the end of summer I will be heading to North Wales and visiting some of my favourite art galleries…and spending a night or two at Criccieth.

AUTUMN 2017 timetable







READING ROOMS (next to The George Pub )


 General art class

Sept 13.20.27 Oct.

12 pm

 12 weeks at £72

BAKEWELL… FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE (Chapel Row  behind Methodist Church )


 Life Drawing /Painting



 12 weeks at £144

£15 per single session 

YOULGRAVE… READING ROOMS (next to The George Pub )


 General art class




 12 weeks at £72

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

The life drawing class in Bakewell still has the drop in option.

I shall look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best wishes


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I shall look forward to seeing you again.

A typical format of my life drawing class would involve different models each week; male, female, old, young, fat 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.

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

 Here are examples of my students at work and the model at an all day life class.
Book early for the next all day life drawing and painting 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!