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**NEW VENUE!!!** Portrait night @ The Cock (Stony Stratford)
Tonight we will have another Portrait session with male and female live sitters at this great new venue, The Cock Hotel! We will have our 2 models sitting in a single pose for 2 hours plus breaks under our professional studio lighting set-up. To allow longer pieces of work to be completed after the event, we allow artists to take photos of the sitters. No membership or pre-payment is required, just an RSVP to the event so we can manage numbers (please also see the notes relating to you RSVP below - they're really important!) This group is suitable for all abilities, and will be gently guided - you can be left alone if you wish, or help will be on hand to get you going in the right direction. Paul Berryman who leads the group is an experienced teacher of life-drawing and portraiture, and will readily give friendly advice, support and direction for those who want it. If you're new to drawing, or lack a little confidence then this could be a great place to develop. Basic materials are provided free of charge; drawing boards, clips, charcoal, graphite, pencils, plus various kinds of large paper including some which is coloured. If you have no materials of your own, you can still come along and have everything you need to make a start. Drawing starts at 7:30 and there will be a short break in the middle at around 8:30pm to get a drink, stretch your legs or visit the loo. Drawing ends around 9:45, which allows time to check out each others work, have a chat and hang out for a drink or two at the bar afterwards. When RSVP'ing for yourself please RSVP for any guests you're bringing with you (only 1 guest per RSVP), although the room is very spacious, it is still limited in numbers. We don't want to deny anybody the chance to have a great evening with us because the numbers are bigger than we can accommodate! If you've got a question about this (or anything) prior to the event, please message me via meetup (Paul - organiser) ****Important notes about materials - please read!***** • What to bring Please bring any materials you wish to use, easels are welcome, as are all dry materials. **If you wish to use paint, or any wet media, please bring something to stand on that avoids any spillage hitting the carpet in the function room. Sadly we can only accept the use of oil paints thinned with low odour or organic citrus thinners, such as Sansodor, Auro-191 or Zest-it** Please also be sure to collect anything you drop onto the floor as you go to keep the room pristine! • Important to know No membership fee or pre-payment needed. Just make sure you have an RSVP in place for the correct event on meetup (you are also allowed to bring one guest on your RSVP) and rock up on the night, we collect payment (cash only at this time) during the event. ***IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT YOUR RSVP*** If for any reason after RSVP'ing you cannot attend (right up until the event starts), please change the RSVP to "No" - this helps us to set out the right amount of seats, also to start on time, and may also allow someone else to attend who otherwise would miss out!

The Cock Hotel (function room)

72 High St, Stony Stratford MK11 1AH · Milton Keynes


What we're about

Friendly and welcoming group for people of all abilities who are interested in practicing Life drawing and painting.

Our home location is just over a mile from J13 of the M1 at Husborne Crawley Reading room hall, which is easily accessed and convenient for Husborne Crawley, Aspley Guise, Woburn, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Flitwick, Ampthill and the surrounding area.

We also now run a second venue farther north at The Cock Hotel in Stony Stratford on Monday evenings. See listings for those events which are clearly marked with the venue in the title.

Both venues can seat over 20 artists easily, although we usually run with around 16 -18 of us. We always pose our models under studio quality lighting to create dramatic and sculptural shadows, which makes the job of drawing easier, and the resulting work more impactful.

This is a group for any ability, the only pre-qualification for entry is the desire to draw and create. Although it's an untutored group, help, support and advice are always freely shared and most people will find working with a group of mixed style and ability something that helps them to find and develop their own style.

If you're nervous about coming, ping us a message on here and we'll make sure we do what we can to alleviate your tension. Life drawing and portraiture is hard, but that doesn't mean it won't be fun!

We're here to help!

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