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Friday Afternoon - Life Drawing and Painting
An opportunity to draw or paint a nude model in a sustained pose. We will set a pose which we will keep for three weeks giving up to nine hours to complete a piece. You may find that drawing the same pose from different angles or exploring several approaches works well too. The atmosphere is congenial and attendees vary in age and ability, some beginners some professionals so there's plenty of opportunities for exchanging ideas or learning from each other. There's usually a pot of tea on the go when we arrive and we have a longer break at about 3.00pm. Along with tea and cake there are sandwiches on offer for a nominal £1 We also have a small art materials shop so that if you forget something chances are we'll have it. Paper for example is 20p per A1 sheet. Easels, drawing boards and chairs are all in abundance. These are drop-in sessions with no ongoing commitment so feel free to come when you can. Cost £15.00 for each session Please be aware that although we like as a way of meeting people it is not our primary method of communicating with members. We have our own website ( which we ask you to visit to acquaint yourself with us. Also please sign up for our email newsletter (, it keeps you up to date with models and poses and other events and in the exceedingly rare event of last minute changes will be our first channel of communication. It comes out once week.

The Dulwich Art Group

4A Champion Hill · London


What we're about

Life Drawing and Art Classes In Dulwich, South London

The Dulwich Art Group organises life drawing and painting sessions which are open to people of all abilities. We tend not to call them Art Classes as with no formal tutor, artists are free to pursue their own approach to painting or drawing. However if a student wishes to have guidance or direction there are plenty of members who will offer advice, some of whom are lifelong art educators. Looking over the shoulder of someone who appears to know what they are doing can often be as much education as is required. We also run structured painting courses during the week - have a look at our website.

If you’ve been thinking of taking Art Classes or An Art Course these groups may well support or supplement. As with an Art Course there is a sense of progression, not through any outside agency but through regular and honest application and effort. Making a commitment to oneself to draw seriously just once a week can have benefits that reach beyond the immediate image produced. The neural pathways opened up through observation and mark making can suffuse other areas of ones life and work with creativity – drawing brings good things!

A pose is usually set for a period of three weeks, each weekly session runs for three hours which can feel quite long if you’re not used to it but it does give you a chance to make some headway, try a number of approaches or depict the model from a number of positions by moving around the room.

There is a break in the middle for tea, coffee and biscuits - £1 for whatever you want. Each session is paid for on the day allowing flexibility, you don’t have to commit to a whole term for example. In fact we run throughout the year and stay open through the holidays too.

If you're looking for formal tuition we have different points of entry - our Introduction to Life Drawing will get you going fast with figure drawing and if you want to learn to paint in oils we have courses on Mondays and Thursdays at the moment.

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