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Life Drawing Classes -  currently paused

The old Meadows, as with our former 26-year venue at  Buchan Street, have been demolished. Yes those lovely centres, all upgraded with new roofs, solar panels and energy saving, have been flattened, demolished, disappeared and built over.   I repeat it because no one seems to believe me.  The City Council builds them, and the City Council knocks them down.

The new Meadows Centre is now open and I am to consider whether it might be suitable for our use.  I must assess parking and the practicalities of moving our equipment to the site.   Since it is all change anyway we could look for a new venue elsewhere. Check here occasionally for the latest updates - I always post here first.


Extend your artistic skills by drawing the figure in expressive life drawing classes. There is expert guidance to enable you to get the most from our inspiring models.

It is a great way to develop and maintain your skill in visual art and can form a core element in your art practice.  Here in Cambridge you can find the best classes which will inspire and enhance your artistic output.

Art students will find the courses fit well with the demands of the A level and beyond especially in preparing a portfolio of artwork for a college application. 

Practising artists also relish the regular discipline of drawing the figure. I offer specialist classes for those involved in graphics and computer games industries. In Cambridge Drawing we use a wide range of models who can help us with topics such as animation, anatomy and character.

There are regular demonstrations on a variety of topics which aim to offer guaranteed success for beginners, and additional insight for those with more experience.

Looking forward to drawing with you!

Derek Batty

Updated March 2024


Pastels Demonstration 
Step by step method of drawing with colour chalk pastels.  Beginning with a quick outline you then block in colours using the side of the pastel.  Follow up with strokes of colour to create optical mixtures. And finally, if necessary, reinforce some outlines.


What You Said About the Sessions

Anglia Ruskin University 2008
Cambridge artists show off their talent ... 

Buchan Street Centre
Exciting projects including Matt on his yellow motorbike.

Your Local Art Shop in Cambridge

Tindalls Art Shop, sometimes still known as Heffers Art Shop -  the greatest Art shop in Cambridge. Head off to King Street for a huge selection of materials. If in doubt, friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you select the right things.  


    Derek Batty