What we're about

Soho Life Drawing is London’s ultra-welcoming, drop in life drawing class right in the heart of Soho. Just minutes away from Leicester Square Station, enter a world of peaceful, pressure free drawing with some of London’s top models, and enjoy socialising during our mid-class tea and biscuit breaks. New to life drawing? Don’t worry—you’ll be in good company—people from all walks of life and all backgrounds try life drawing for the first time every session :)

Our first hour is lightly guided, with gentle verbal tuition for beginners while our second hour is self directed—although you’re more than welcome at any point in the class to ask questions—in fact, we’re delighted to do so!

Here are the details:

Location: “The Meeting Room” (Quaker Meeting House): 8 Hop Gardens, WC2N 4EH (Buzz “Meeting Room”)


18:30-19:30PM: Guided Session
19:30-19:40 Tea Break
19:30-20:40: Longer Poses

1 Hour: £10.50
2 Hours: £12.50

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Intro to Life Drawing Online

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It's the original Mini Course!

Made for beginners and early stage life drawers looking for guidance, Intro to Online Life Drawing is our original mini-course—a friendly and non judgmental class is designed to equip members with an introductory toolkit they can use when learning to draw.

In the space of two hours, tutor Ann Mackowski will cover a wide breadth of practical introductions and advice for life drawing, including

--Mark-making and Materials
--Intro to Gesture Drawing



You'll also learn a little bit of art history in the process. This class moves at a brisk pace, and at the end of the session you can expect to approach life drawing with confidence!

To join, click "Join/Pay" above--the link will be sent to your PayPal address within 24 hours of class drawing

Beginners Draw-Along Workshop

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Sit back, relax, and draw along in this brand new beginners' workshop that will have you gesture drawing, tackling perspective, and creating dynamic figures all with the benefit of on-screen, draw along instruction. Using reference photos as a base, tutor Ann Mackowski will be showing you side by side and step by step drawing tutorials that will help you achieve even the toughest poses. Perfect for beginners' new to life drawing, or those of you who have been coming to sessions for a while but would like a more formal understanding of the techniques that figure drawing artists use, this class will follow a mock-live-class format in terms of pose lengths, and will introduce you to the wide variety of techniques that exist in the medium.

We'll be covering

-Gesture and Contrapposto
-"The Envelope" technique

All that's needed to join are a pencil and paper! We hope to see you there! To join, please click on Zoom link at the date and time of class (emailed to you within 24 hrs of purchase)

Soho Life Drawing Thursdays!

8 Hop Gardens


If you'd like to book in advance, you can purchase tickets here


Soho Life Drawing is a non-profit drawing group in central London that aims to make life drawing affordable and accessible while paying our models a fair wage. We believe that creativity is an essential part of well-being that is often stifled by the demands of busy schedules or fear due to lack of experience. We want to change that.

Whether you're a professional, student, or amateur artist you'll find yourself at home at Soho Life Drawing. Located in one of London's most central locations, our drop-in classes provide an easily accessible and nonjudgemental space for you to hone your life drawing skills. We offer a portfolio boosting mix of both short and long poses with new models every week, making us a great fit for professionals and novices alike. Our members come from literally all walks of life, so don't be afraid to drop by if you have no background in art--at Soho Life Drawing, you are guaranteed to find a supportive place to explore your artistic abilities.

Here's why you'll love Soho Life Drawing

It's a Great Space!--Our sessions are held at one of London's best kept secrets--the historic Quaker Meeting House, which provides an oasis of calm just minutes away from Leicester Square Station.

Short and Long Poses!--Our sessions begin with short, gestural poses and move up to a longer sustained pose. Our models are personally vetted professionals, and some of the best in the business.

No Need to Bring your own Supplies!--We provide clipboards, and pencils, paper, and rubbers are available on site.

Tea and Biscuits!--Yes, that's right. We provide tea and biscuits to keep your energy up during the breaks! Also, quite often homemade cookies!

Drop-ins Welcome!--No need to book in advance!

So come by and check us out—we look forward to seeing you there!

6:30-7:30 PM Guided Life Drawing

7:30PM-8:30PM: Tea Break + Longer Poses

£[masked] Hour; £12.5 2 Hours

We also host private events. For more information visit www.privateartevents.co.uk

New Beginners' Portraiture

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In this brand new take on our classic class we’ll learn the basics of creating dynamic, well balanced portraits on any scale. Too many of us struggle with heads that are too large, or eyes that just seem too thick—and getting the right mix of features sometimes feels just impossible. However with the right tools, drawing faces can be both fun and simple! Suitable for complete beginners as well as self-taught artists looking for a catch-up, this class gives simple yet detailed guidance into creating compelling portraits.

You can expect to learn how to draw the human head from any angle, as well as understand how to convey faces in brief when working in smaller scales.

Bring whatever materials you would like—although we would recommend against using charcoal or wet mediums if you are a beginner!

Taught by Soho Life Drawing founder Ann Mackowski, this portraiture class is part of our mini-class series designed to give beginner, early-stage, and self-taught life drawers a leg up. Choosing from a variety of poses and examples from contemporary art and art history, these comprehensive classes allow students to get a more in depth understanding of life drawing as well as one-on-one critiques for those who wish—who can send Ann a photo of one of their works from class for an additional visual mark-up.

For more information about Soho Life Drawing, please visit www.soholifedrawing.com :) We hope to see you there!

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