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Welcoming and friendly classes for all abilities!

Life Drawing for All
The Meadows Community Centre, 
Cambridge, CB4 3XJ

Wednesday 10.00 - 12.30 pm
Five weeks from 5th October 2022

This is a vintage website, with its roots in Samuel Pepys and the restoration of the monarchy.  Now in  September 2022,  I have tried to update as much as possible deleting the covid nonsense and adjusting the venue, times and day but please let me know if you discover inconsistencies.

You can join anytime and there are classes throughout the year.  We use varied male and female models and usually have two models.   There is a friendly and supportive atmosphere and you will be welcomed whether you are a beginner or more experienced artist.   

How to get there 
The Meadows Community Centre is a large modern spacious hall, north of central Cambridge,  just off Kings Hedges Road at the junction with Arbury Road.  Get there by cycle, bus or car. Walking is not recommended.  There is a cafe and supermarket next to the centre.

20 minute ride from the city centre.      Milton Road, then left onto Arbury Road, right to the end. The full address is The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine's Road, Cambridge, CB4 3XJ.

From the Rail Station

Either take the number 8 towards Cottenham (35 minutes) alighting at Kings Hedges Road, then a short walk along Kings Hedges Road

Or choose the number 1 (every 10 minutes)  towards Arbury.  Alight at Arbury Road and walk away from the bus direction to the end of Arbury Road (6 minutes).   The bus takes 40 minutes from the station and is rather tedious. Best: take a taxi and someone will give you a lift back.

From the City Centre and from St Ives

Take the Guided Bus B alighting at Orchard Park West.    

Free parking.  The Meadows is very close to the A14  (Histon and Milton interchanges) off Kings Hedges Road.  1.5 km distant from Cambridge Regional College (CRC). 

Please only w
alk only if you are a dedicated hiker and it is a fine day.  The Meadows is 45 minutes from the city centre.  My map makes it look closer than it really is!

What to bring

If possible bring everything you need.  There are boards paper and clips, though we have to worry about touching things.

How much does it cost?

5 weeks - 75 

Single class - just turn up: 19

Payment can be made by cash, cheque, card or direct bank transfer. Cash, cheques and bank transfer preferred.   Bank details available in class.

What to expect?

I try to start promptly.  We usually begin with a starting pose of ten to twenty minutes so that you can get some drawing as soon as possible.  Then there are short poses of between one and twenty minutes.  Each week I introduce a particular aspect of drawing which is explained in an illustrated hand out.  Topics have included foreshortening, colour and drawing the head.  But the central purpose of the class is life drawing and you are welcome to use any method or material.   There is a break after which we have one pose.  At the end of the class I encourage you to select one drawing for a brief exhibition, although there is no pressure on you to display your work.

Fixative- Free Studio! 

 Please note that for health reasons  fixative (or hair spray) should not be used inside the building at any time.   Other high vapour materials may need to be restricted. How to preserve your charcoal and pastel drawings.

Hope to see you!

Well so much information.  Much too scary, possibly.  And so the only way you are going to find out if the class can work for you is by coming along!  So enough words.  Time for drawing!  See you there.


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