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Always exciting and inspiring!  
Helpful advice.  Wacky techniques, eg distressed paper. Fun, relaxing, learning new techniques  What you said about the classes in July 2016

A great clip of a life class in Spain where models pose together:

Cambridge Drawing on Facebook
Link up with classmates.  Share exhibition information.  Suggest topics for the class.

On being more confident without my clothes on  Hannah Marcus on modelling.

Stripping off for Cash
Alistair Pal's shocking exposť of modelling for the class revealed in student paper The Tab.

Our model Heathcote, now studying anthropology at Edinburgh, is featured in Life-modelling: the art of poise  for The Herald Scotland

How do I get to model for you? 
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Gift Voucher  Want to give an inspiring present?  Why not a gift voucher to attend one of my classes?  Your recipient can choose between two classes Tuesday (1.00- 3.30) or Friday (7.00-9.30). £17 Email with your request and pay with cheque, bank transfer or via paypal.

Science and art as X-ray scans are projected onto our models at the Cambridge Science Centre for Naked: art and anatomy as part of Cambridge University Festival of Ideas. October 2013.

Tindalls Art Shop, sometimes still known as Heffers Art Shop -  the greatest Art shop in Cambridge. Head off to King Street for a huge selection of materials. If in doubt, friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you select the right things.  

More videos from Derek Batty
Watch my art demonstrations and other video clips on You Tube...

Cambridge artists and galleries.  London Galleries. Art colleges. Useful links ...

Unpainted Pictures  Take a look at my drawing, painting and sculpture.



You have to admire this composition by Degas.  The figure is beautifully placed between the edges of the paper; and  I love the way he has piled up the drapes and body in a mountainous heap so the picture is weighted down like a sculpture.  

Additionally the paper is quite square in format, a different proportion from our usual A size frame.  You, as the artist, have to think about the shape of the paper and it you want it square draw a line on the paper to indicate the edge.

Spring  Term 2018

Composition and More Not another life drawing as the model is posed with props and place in a setting.  Avoid the obvious and place the subject off-centre using a viewfinder to help you.  Consider making an alternative version copying freehand or using the light box. 

Monday 19h February 2018
 9.30am - 12.15pm
Two models.
Beginners welcome. Drop in £17
Tuesday 20th February 2018 1.00 - 3.30pm
Two models.  Spaces
Friday 23rd February 2018 7.00-9.30pm
Occasional spaces £17. Two models.

at Buchan Street Centre
6 Buchan Street, Cambridge CB4 2XF


The fully revised and updated Spring Programme is available here.

On the railings in Cambridge

Life Drawing for All 
Mondays 9.30am - 12.15pm
Tuesdays 1.00 - 3.30pm
Fridays 7.00 - 9.30pm

Beginners welcome
Join anytime 

at Buchan Street Centre
6 Buchan Street, Cambridge CB4 2XF

Drop in, pay-as-you go - £17 per session
Book of 5 - use-anytime vouchers  -  £74

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 Pastels Demonstration 
Step by step method of drawing with colour chalk pastels.  Beginning with a quick outline you then block in colours using the side of the pastel.  Follow up with strokes of colour to create optical mixtures. And finally, if necessary, reinforce some outlines.

Anglia Ruskin University 2008

Cambridge artists show off their talent ... 

Buchan Street Centre
Exciting projects including Matt on his yellow motorbike.

Extend your artistic skills by drawing the figure in expressive life drawing classes. There is expert guidance to enable you to get the most from our inspiring models.

It is a great way to develop and maintain your skill in visual art and can form a core element in your art practice.  Here in Cambridge you can find the best classes which will inspire and enhance your art practice.

Art students will find the courses fit well with the demands of the A level and beyond especially in preparing a portfolio of artwork for a college application. 

Practising artists also relish the regular discipline of drawing the figure. I offer specialist classes for those involved in graphics and computer games industries. In Cambridge Drawing we use a wide range of models who can help us with topics such as animation, anatomy and character.

There are regular demonstrations on a variety of topics which aim to guarantee success for beginners and professional insight for those with more experience.

Find out about times, venues and cost.  Browse the displays of work.  Read how to become a model. Full details current classes here.

Looking forward to drawing with you!

Derek Batty

Updated 17th February 2018