Learn to draw the human figure!
CAMBRIDGE LIFE DRAWING
with Derek Batty
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Welcoming and friendly classes for all abilities!

Life Drawing for All
at
The Meadows Community Centre, 
Cambridge, CB4 3XJ


Mondays 9.30 - 12.15 pm
Tuesday 1.00 - 3.30 pm

You can join anytime and there are classes throughout the year.  We use varied male and female models and usually have two models.   There is a friendly and supportive atmosphere and you will be welcomed whether you are a beginner or more experienced artist.   

At the present time (September 2020) you can only enrol for a five-week block of classes beginning in the week of 14th September, 62.

We have to limit numbers in the room so everyone can be reasonably apart.

How to get there 
The Meadows Community Centre is a large modern spacious hall, north of central Cambridge,  just off Kings Hedges Road at the junction with Arbury Road.  Get there by cycle, bus or car. Walking is not recommended.  There is a cafe and supermarket next to the centre.

Bicycle   
20 minute ride from the city centre.      Milton Road, then left onto Arbury Road, right to the end. The full address is The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharines Road, Cambridge, CB4 3XJCB4 3XJ.

Bus:
From the Rail Station

Either take the number 8 towards Cottenham (35 minutes) alighting at Kings Hedges Road, then a short walk along Kings Hedges Road

Or choose the number 1 (every 10 minutes)  towards Arbury.  For simplicity get off at Armitage Way and walk 4 minutes along Kings Hedges Road.   The bus takes 40 minutes from the station and is rather tedious. Best: take a taxi and someone will give you a lift back.

From the City Centre and from St Ives

Take the Guided Bus B alighting at Orchard Park West.   From Drummer Street, Cambridge get the 0910.  From St Ives catch the 08.58  

Car  
Free parking.  The Meadows is very close to the A14  (Histon and Milton interchanges) off Kings Hedges Road.  1.5 km distant from Cambridge Regional College (CRC). 

Walk
Please only w
alk only if you are a dedicated hiker and it is a fine day.  The Meadows is 45 minutes from the city centre.  My map makes it look closer than it really is!

What to bring

If possible bring everything you need.  There are boards paper and clips, though we have to worry about touching things.

How much does it cost?

Late Summer Term - 5 weeks - 78 

Payment can be made by direct bank transfer.  No payments are taken in class, for the time being.

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.  Then there are short poses of between one and twenty minutes.  Each week I introduce a particular aspect of drawing which is explained in an illustrated hand out.  Topics have included foreshortening, colour and drawing the head.  But the central purpose of the class is life drawing and you are welcome to use any method or material.   There is a break 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 restricted. How 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.

Derek  
08-09-2020  

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