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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

2019 Spring term Art classes •   Life drawing in Bakewell 

   SPRING 2019

 Hello again

 The solstice has passed so the nights are getting shorter from now on! .

We have had a very good Autumn term in Youlgrave, some fantastic art work has been produced by everybody.  Even total beginners to the class have produced some wonderful work.    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, a lesson on sketching techniques, portrait drawing,  botanical drawing, 3D work, 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.







YOULGRAVE…READING ROOMS (next to The George Pub )




General art class

 March 6,13,20,27
April. 3,10,17,
May. 1, 8,15



10am-12 pm


10 weeks at £60

YOULGRAVE READING ROOMS (next to The George Pub )




General art class

 March 7,14,21,29
April. 4, 11, 18,
May. 2, 9,16.





10 weeks at £60

 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 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.   So that means you should be able to attend a full 10 weeks

For the first week we will be practising observational drawing with both classes.  So please bring a cartridge paper sketch book and a fine line ink pen and something mechanical/ or metal tool to draw e.g. spanner, bunch of keys, hand held rotary food whisk, ratchet spanner, hand drill, brace and bit, old fashioned hand mincer.

A time table of the 9 other weeks will be pinned to the notice board in the Reading Room.  The projects this term will include perspective, composition, wire sculpture, pastel drawing, monoprinting, lino cuts, acrylics, water-colour, botanical painting, ink and stick drawing, chiaroscuro.   Beginners will have their own programme. 

I shall look forward to seeing you again in March. In the meantime Angus Stokes will be running his life drawing sessions in Bakewell on Wednesday afternoons starting 9 January (angus@angusstokes.com) Details below

 Best wishes







March 6……….observational drawings  fine line ink pen, cartridge paper, bring a mechanical  object.out of tool box or cutlery drawer e.g. rotary whisk, set of keys, spanners, iron

March 13……….Wire sculpture, florist wire, pliers good photo of a bird or animal to work from.

March 20…………Pastel techniques, Pastel paper or sugar paper, pastels, stiff brush, rubber    Photo of waves or water.

March 27………….Continuing pastel techniques

April 3……. ………. Monoprinting, A4 sheet of Perspex, computer paper Perspective,water soluble     

                             Printing ink  dark tone Black/Brown  Roller, newspaper or sheet for table, apron.

April 10 …………….Perspective, Cartridge paper ,pencils, photo of buildings.  If good weather, outside.

April 17 ………..Copy of a Picasso painting in acrylics, own choice of painting . Acrylics suitable board

                            or paper, brushes etc

May 1   ……………Continuing Picasso painting

May 8 ……………….Botanical water-colour painting, bring plant, water-colour paper, paints brushes

May 15 ……………..Pen and ink sketching, bottle of ink, stick pens, sketch book, brush.


March 7 ……………Observational drawing same as Wednesday class

March 14 …………..Impressionist Painting.  Choose own favourite Cezanne painting, acrylics, brushes

March 21…………….Continuing Cezanne painting

March 28 ……………Discussion about composition, sketch book and pencils

April 4 ………………..Lino printing,  small sheets of cut lino, water soluble printing ink, gauge, computer   

                                  Paper, newspaper for table apron.  Materials can be bought from Turners in

                                  Rowsley industrial estate.

April 11……………….Perspective drawings, outside or from photos, own choice of media

April 18………………..Continuing perspective

May 2…………………..Chiaroscuro   setting up own still life in box, cartridge paper, charcoal, lamp ?

May 9 ………………….Wire sculpture, florist wire, pliers,, paper mache, sculpting body parts

May 16 …………………Mixed media work from fruit and veg. watercolours, pen and ink,


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

 I shall look forward to seeing you again soon .

Best wishes

Diane Kettle
01629 636763

PLEASE SEND ME YOUR CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS so that I can keep my private mail list up to date and send these letters by the magic of the internet.

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


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

Wednesdays 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Classes restarted 9 January 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 discounted for a  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, contι 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!