What we're about

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

We currently run from two locations. 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 at the top end of Milton Keynes 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!

Upcoming events (5+)

Long (single) pose session @ The Cock (Stony Stratford) with Sofia

The Cock Hotel in Stony Stratford MK11 1AH

£12.00

This afternoon we welcome Sofia Malice to a long pose session of life drawing at this great venue. Sofia is an aerial performer and shibari model, and she'll be in one of her performance costumes for this session. These longer pose sessions do allow you to get stuck into a bigger piece of work, and as the session will be costumed we have requested the chance to take reference photos of the model to assist in working on our pieces afterwards. (TBC) All artists, of all abilities are very welcome to join us. Whilst overall the group will run untutored, 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. 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!) 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. Please arrive a few minutes early as drawing starts at 4:30. This is a single pose session where the pose will not change. Drawing ends around 6:30, which allows time to check out each others work, have a chat and hang out for a drink or two afterwards before the main evening session starts at 7:30. To keep the room more spacious and allow for artists to move position during the pose, we will limit the numbers to just 12 people. 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 important we manage numbers. Thanks! Paul Berryman Group organiser. ********************************************************** • What to bring Please bring any materials you wish to use, easels are welcome, as are all dry materials. • 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. Ignore any mention of "unpaid" against your name before, during or after the event on meetup, we do not use meetup to manage payments and we cannot turn this function off! ***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!

Life Drawing @ The Cock (Stony Stratford) with Sofia

The Cock Hotel in Stony Stratford MK11 1AH

£12.00

Tonight we welcome Sofia Malice to another evening of life drawing at this great venue. Sofia is usually an aerial performer and shibari model, but tonight she'll be on the floor and untied! Life drawing does involve drawing from a fully nude model, so please be aware of your own and other people's sensibilities around this fact in advance! All artists, of all abilities are very welcome to join us. Whilst overall the group will run untutored, 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. 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!) 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. Please arrive a few minutes early as drawing starts at 7:30. We'll begin with shorter warm up poses (which can be as low as a single minute) up to pose lengths of around 20-25 minutes at the end of the evening. 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 afterwards. If you are a first time life drawer, or lack confidence, then send us a message before you attend and we'll show you the ropes and ease you in gently. We also operate a buddy scheme, where an experienced group regular takes you under their wing for your first dabble at it! (This is subject to availability, get in touch early if you'd like this) Life drawing is an inclusive discipline where the desire to have a go at making art is all you need to kick off. Believing you lack talent or confidence is no reason to not start; In this friendly non-judgmental environment they can always be found later! 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! Thanks! Paul Berryman Group organiser. ********************************************************** • What to bring Please bring any materials you wish to use, easels are welcome, as are all dry materials. • 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. Ignore any mention of "unpaid" against your name before, during or after the event on meetup, we do not use meetup to manage payments and we cannot turn this function off! ***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!

New! - Croquis (quick sketch) portrait night - we ALL are the models!

Husborne Crawley Reading Room

£12.00

Welcome to the nearest thing you can get to portraiture bootcamp! If you fancy trying something which will improve your portraiture skills quickly, then look no further - this is it! Croquis (quick sketch) portraiture uses the attending artists as the models, in the company of another 10 artists you'll make a portrait of each of them (and sit once yourself), so it's a very small and exclusive evening, but utterly brilliant! The benefits are simple - starting more portraits is where most of the mistakes are made, and mistakes are the richest learning experience we have! More starts = more mistakes = faster learning - PLUS - you're not investing a load of time into each drawing and that avoids overwork. I'm a huge fan of trying to make less work as more, and this format gives us all a chance to hone quicker portraiture skills in a supportive environment. It also makes it perfect for beginners to portraiture because there's less time to fill which is a big ask for the true newbie! Usual life drawing materials will be available for those who want it, and tea/coffee at the break. Sitting timings will be worked out on the night, but expect each sitting to be 10-11 mins. Each time we swap sitters we also move chairs one to the right, so by the end of the night you'll have drawn everyone and drawn from every chair too! Please select a piece of music to be played when you sit too, so as well as visually, we'll get something of your personality through your choice. As usual all poses will be conducted under powerful studio lighting conditions and we'll stop for a decent break and a brew halfway through.

Sunday "OPEN STUDIO" session part 1

Husborne Crawley Reading Room

£6.00

Here's another chance to enjoy one of our fantastic "Open studio" sessions! The session will run all day, this is just the morning part - we take a lunch break from[masked]pm as well. Bring a piece of work, or just an idea, and make it happen during this chilled and rewarding open session in the capacious and cosy surrounding of the hall! Any work from cross-stitching to sculpting to huge landscape painting and everything else in-between is welcome, it's also ideal for that bigger project that needs a bit of special love and a bit more space to execute! The drinks urn will be on and we'll have tea, coffee, milk available, there will be plenty of tables and chairs, plenty of space, and hopefully plenty of other artists working on their own stuff to inspire! Bringing a packet of biscuits or a cake would be very welcome too.... As well as RSVP'ing for yourself please RSVP for any guests you're bringing with you (only 1 guest per RSVP) £6 for the morning, £6 for the afternoon, £10 for both! Thanks! Paul. ****Show us your work - on the SHARING TABLE! **** Remember the show and tell corner at school? Well, working on the assumption we’ve all seen, read, or made things to do with art which we think would be great to share with the group, then we have allocated a table to do the exact same thing now at every Ridgmont Life Drawing event! Your shared objects do not have to be related to life drawing, perhaps just an art book, or a drawing or painting you’ve been working on - anything arty that can be enjoyed by other members is great. Don’t be shy about sharing; Nothing is wasted when it is shared! *********************************************************** The Reading Room where we meet is a self-contained Hall with heating, separate male, female and disabled toilets (and a disabled access ramp) plus plenty of off-street parking and a neat little kitchen - it's a cosy and welcoming venue, but plenty big enough for our art events to have space to breathe - in short, it's perfect! Here's a little history about it. Husborne Crawley Reading Room was built in 1894 by the Duke of Bedford. It was primarily used as a meeting place by the Band of Hope. This was a temperance organisation for working-class children, which was founded in Leeds in 1847. All members took a pledge of total abstinence and were taught the 'evils of drink'. Members were enrolled from the age of six and met once a week to listen to lectures and participate in activities. More >>> (http://www.husborne-crawley.co.uk/)

Past events (237)

Life Drawing for all abilities with female model Emma

Husborne Crawley Reading Room

£12.00

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