Learn to draw the human figure!
with Derek Batty

Essential information  
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Welcoming and friendly classes for all abilities!

Life Drawing for All
at Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre
6 Buchan Street, Cambridge CB4 2XF

Fridays 7.00 - 9.30 pm
(Doors open 6.30 pm)

Ever wanted to draw? 
 What are the secret methods artists use?  Here is your chance to learn how to do it properly.  You will be guided by the step by step demonstrations and find support with artist Derek Batty.  There is a friendly atmosphere and you will be welcomed whether you are a beginner or more experienced artist.   

You can just turn up on Friday night, no need to book and there is a pay-as-you go option.  We have varied models for you to draw.  There are materials for you to use and others to buy, so the only thing to bring is yourself!   Hope to see you! 


Cost - three options to choose from

Pay as you go -  no need to book: 18 per workshop

Book of five vouchers - attend five classes out of the next twelve:   78  

Full term - sign up for all the classes of the current term. Check the current full term fees  here.

You can pay with cash or cheque or via the internet.  Or pay using your credit card via PayPal direct to my email address below. 

How to get there 
Buchan Street is a large modern spacious hall, north of central Cambridge,  just off Kings Hedges Road.  Get there by cycle, bus or car. Walking is not recommended from the centre of town, it is too far.  There is a cafe and supermarket next to the centre. If you walk or take the bus or taxi there will certainly be someone who can give you a lift back.  So you've just gotta get there!

0 minute ride from the city centre.    Follow signs to CRC Kings Hedges and Buchan Street.   Get the map by clicking here or  below, or google the postcode CB4 2XF. 

Bus: (three choices)

1)  Quick from the rail station but with an 8 minute walk
Take the number 8 towards Cottenham from the Rail Station (stop 7) or St Andrews Street (stop S2)   and alight at Kings Hedges Road. Every 20 minutes. Then walk 8 minutes along Kings Hedges Road.  Total journey time 35 minutes.   

Stagecoach entry page   Route map for Bus 8

2)  Frequent but slow with a 5 minute walk
ake the number 1 (every 10 minutes)  from Cambridge rail station ( stop 7) via the city centre (St Andrews Street stop S1) towards Arbury.  For simplicity, stay on the bus until  Armitage Way - the stop after CRC.  Then walk 5 minutes along Kings Hedges Road. This bus takes 40 minutes from the rail station and is rather tedious.  My map

Timetable for Bus 1

3)  Direct and quick
Take the new Guided Bus route B to Orchard Park West. From Cambridge, depart Drummer Street at 1831 and from the other direction, St Ives bus station bay 3 departs 1833
My map  Guided bus diversion (October 2019 for six more months): alight at Kings Hedges Road/Histon Road and walk along Kings Hedges Road.

Guided Busway information here  Select Route B, alighting at Orchard Park West

Free parking.  Buchan Street is very close to the A14  (Histon and Milton interchanges) off Kings Hedges Road.  1 km distant from Cambridge Regional College (CRC).  Get the map by clicking on the link below.

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

What to bring

You can use any materials you wish.  On your first visit I recommend that you use materials you are familiar with, such as charcoal, pastel or pencil.   We have boards and clips, usually resting a board on a chair in front.   Some students bring their own easel.  There is paper, charcoal and erasers, and other assorted materials for you to use.  Tea, coffee and biscuits are supplied free but you do have to wash your own cups!

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.  The demonstration will begin around 7.20 pm and will last approximately 20 minutes.  But if you prefer you can continue with your own drawing.    There is a break of fifteen minutes with self-service tea and coffee 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 restrictedHow 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.