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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

2020 Spring term Art classes •   2020 Spring weekly programme for art classes  •
  Download a printable art class programme  Life drawing in Bakewell 

   Spring 2020

Hello again

We have all had a very wet autumn term…Let’s hope that the spring term brings us better weather.  The moss has been growing on my stone walls, paths and garden at an incredible rate.

My grandson Harrison has passed his 11+ so hopes to go to school in Tunbridge. Jake is going to spend more time in the French Alps with his cross country skiing. Purdy sits her O level art this year.   So life rattles on at an alarming rate.  

So thinking about the Spring Term art classes there lots of exciting new topics and projects for you to try.

Each week we have a project which the class can participate in.   For example, drawing, colour mixing in water colours and acrylics, copying an existing work of art, portrait drawing, life drawing, ink drawings, pastel work and much more. A student can always opt out of the suggested project and work on their own project and I will be able to help and give advice.









READING ROOMS (next to The George Pub )




General art class


April. 1,8,22,29.

May. 6. 13, 20, 27.


10am-12 pm


12 weeks at £72

YOULGRAVE… READING ROOMS (next to The George Pub )


General art class

March. 5,12,19,26

April. 2,9,23,30.

May. 7,14,21,28.


 12 weeks at £72

The Youlgrave art 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 totally interchangeable. So if you can’t come to the class you have registered for you can swap it for time at the other class.  That means you should be able to attend a full 12 weeks CLICK HERE TO SEE THE NEW TIME TABLE coming soon>

For the first two weeks we will be practising observational drawing with both classes.  A time table of the 10 other weeks will be pinned to the notice board in the Reading Room.  The projects this term will include perspective, pastel drawing, lino cuts, sketching and painting outside, paper mache, collage, copying a painting of a famous artist, a large group picture, miniature painting, perspective, using resists and more!

I shall look forward to seeing you again in March.

Best wishes


Diane Kettle
01629 636763

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PS. In the meantime Angus Stokes will be running his life drawing sessions in Bakewell on Wednesday afternoons starting 8 January 2020 (angus@angusstokes.com) Details below



4th March Drawing session.   Bring some vegetables to set up a still life for yourself.  Draw in pencil or pen
11th March Drawing session.   Drawing a portrait from life.    Charcoal
18th March Quick 5 minute drawings of each other.   Sketch book, own choice of media
25th March Large group picture in acrylic.   Acrylics.
1st April Landscape collage.    Reference picture, colour magazines, pritt stick, paper.
8th April  Easter card design.   Lino cut materials, smooth paper.
22nd April Paper mach
é 3D sculpture of bird/animal.  Newspapers, wall paper paste, or flour and water paste. wire ,pliers, bowl to put paste in. Reference photo.
29th April Painting sculpture in acrylics.
6th May Abstract based on flowers.   Acrylics or own choice of media.
13th May Copy of a famous artist’s work.   Own choice of artist and media.
20th May Outside sketching of houses or church in Youlgrave….Sketch book, warm clothes, stool. If wet inside….botanical painting
27th May Outside painting the river Bradford.   Water colours or pastels. Stool, warm clothes If wet inside  botanical painting.


5th March Drawing session.  Bring vegetables to set up a still life.  Charcoal or ink
12th March Drawing session.   Self portrait.. mirror on a stand ,charcoal, cartridge paper
19th March Glass ware. .dry pastels, pastel paper or sugar paper.
26th March Spring time scene…Good reference photo, dry pastels and pastel paper.
2nd April Steps….Good reference photo of steps.  Pencil and sketch book
9th April Easter eggs.  Miniature painting on blown egg shells.  Water colour.  Egg box.
23rd April Townscape.  Good reference photo, ink and water colour.
30th April Large animal portrait.   Good reference photo, own choice of media.
7th May Flowers in a vase.    Using a resist -masking fluid/white candle/oil pastels and water colours.
14th May Paintings of water…waves/or waterfalls/sea/ lakes/ reflections/ good reference photos, acrylics
21st May Sketching outside, buildings in Youlgrave or church.. watercolours and ink, stool, warm clothes
28th May Painting outside, River Bradford. watercolours,  stool,  warm clothes


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

Wednesdays 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Classes restart 8 January 2020 every week for 12 weeks

 (except 12 February 2020)
All ability  levels. Angus Stokes tutors giving help and advice if requested.

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

Male and female models. Short and long poses. 

Very 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 to borrow 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 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! 

An all day class 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!


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