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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 Spring Art claases   • 2018 Spring Art lessons syllabus
 Life drawing in Bakewell   •   why do life drawing?

Hello again

I'm resuming the general art classes in March 2018 at Youlgrave.  I have a couple of spaces still available for students  so please be in touch to reserve your place..

SPRING 2018 TIMETABLE for art classes







READING ROOMS (next to The George Pub )


 General art class

Mar 7,14,21,28
Apr 11,18,25
May 2,9,16

12 pm

 10 weeks at £60

YOULGRAVE… READING ROOMS (next to The George Pub )


 General art class

March 8,15,22,29
Apr 12,19,26
May 3,10,17


 10 weeks at £60

Print your weekly class timetable here

To offer flexibility to my Youlgrave art class students please note these changes: This timetable of art activities listed below is not compulsory.  Students can work on their own projects and I will help them.  The suggested Wednesday and Thursday projects are interchangeable so you can mix and match topics you wish to pursue.  You can come to two classes in one week and miss the next week etc to make up the ten classes paid for as the term fee.

Timetable of subjects to be covered:


March 7         Drawing with pencil and charcoal/using a viewfinder. Central still life , bring flowers and vases. 

March 14       Drawing skills with pencil and charcoal.  Natural forms. Central still life. Bring shells, skulls, seed pods, cones etc.

March 21       Acrylic painting. Impressionism. Bring a good reproduction of an impressionist painting that you like 

March 28       Acrylic painting - finishing off from last weeks start. 

April 11          Portrait with model. Bring pastels and charcoal, pastel paper. 

April 18I         Indian  art - watercolour basics. Bring a good reproduction of an image to paint in watercolour. 

April 25          Indian art - finish off. 

May 2             Ink and watercolour techniques. Abstract to realism.  Bring objects to paint as subjects 

May 9             Watercolour. Choose a Kandinsky or Winslow Homer image and attempt to reproduce it in watercolour. 

May 16          Watercolour - finish off  


March 8         Drawing with pencil an charcoal   Using a viewfinder. Central still life with fruit and vegetables. 

March 15       Drawing with pencil an charcoal   Using a viewfinder. Central still life with flowers and vases. 

March 22       Watercolour techniques. Reflections. Bring a good photo to use with your watercolour paints and watercolour paper. 

March 29       Watercolour trees. 

April 12          oil pastels Bring smooth cartridge paper and thick Watercolour paper.  Bring a photo of a landscape. 

April 19          Botanical Watercolour painting bring a flower or leaf and smooth Watercolour paper (HP or Not)

April 26          Collage still life.  Bring your own still life objects.  You'll need glossy magazines to tear, Pritt stick, and thick paper to work on.

May 3             Loosen up with pen/stick and inks. Cartridge paper, brush,palette, photos of buildings 

May 10          portrait from live model using pastels/ charcoal.  Pastel paper

May 17          perspective made easy. Sketch book if weather good.. 

 The life drawing class in Bakewell is now run by Angus Stokes  and still has the drop in option.

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 start January 2018 every week to term end on 4 April 2018

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!