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with Derek Batty
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Always exciting and inspiring!  
Helpful advice.  Wacky techniques, eg distressed paper. Fun, relaxing, learning new techniques  What you said about the classes in July 2016

Cambridge Drawing on Facebook
Link up with classmates.  Share exhibition information.  Suggest topics for the class.

On being more confident without my clothes on  Hannah Marcus on modelling.

Stripping off for Cash
Alistair Pal's shocking exposť of modelling for the class revealed in student paper The Tab.

Our model Heathcote, now studying anthropology at Edinburgh, is featured in Life-modelling: the art of poise  for The Herald Scotland

How do I get to model for you? 
Being local to Cambridge is key ...

Gift Voucher  Want to give an inspiring present?  Why not a gift voucher to attend one of my classes?  Your recipient can choose between two classes Tuesday (1.00- 3.30) or Friday (7.00-9.30). £17 Email with your request and pay with cheque, bank transfer or via paypal.

Science and art as X-ray scans are projected onto our models at the Cambridge Science Centre for Naked: art and anatomy as part of Cambridge University Festival of Ideas. October 2013.

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.  

More videos from Derek Batty
Watch my art demonstrations and other video clips on You Tube...

Cambridge artists and galleries.  London Galleries. Art colleges. Useful links ...

Unpainted Pictures  Take a look at my drawing, painting and sculpture.



Life drawing in art schools once conformed to defined rules:  the whole figure carefully framed, light from one side, two thirds in light and with some background shading. 
Pierre-Paul Prud'hon

Autumn Term 2016

Longer Pose: The Academic Nude  Getting it all in, careful observation of light and dark and sensitive use of outline are key in the academic tradition.

Tuesday 18th October 2016  1.00 - 3.30pm
Beginners welcome. Two models. Spaces
Friday 21st October  7.00-9.30pm
Occasional Spaces   £17

Monday 24th October
 (re-scheduled from 17th Oct) 9.30am - 12.15pm
Two models.  Just turn up  £17 

at Buchan Street Centre
6 Buchan Street, Cambridge CB4 2XF


On the railings in Cambridge

Life Drawing for All 
Mondays 9.30am - 12.15pm
Tuesdays 1.00 - 3.30pm
Fridays 7.00 - 9.30pm

Beginners welcome
Join anytime 

at Buchan Street Centre
6 Buchan Street, Cambridge CB4 2XF

Drop in, pay-as-you go - £17 per session
Book of 5 - use-anytime vouchers  -  £74

All Classes



 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.

Anglia Ruskin University 2008

Cambridge artists show off their talent ... 

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

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 art practice.

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 guarantee success for beginners and professional insight for those with more experience.

Find out about times, venues and cost.  Browse the displays of work.  Read how to become a model. Full details current classes here.

Looking forward to drawing with you!

Derek Batty

Updated 17th October 2016