Spring 2019 Programme

At Buchan Street since 1994

Mondays 9.30am – 12.15pm

Tuesdays 1.00 – 3.30pm

Fridays 7.00 – 9.30pm

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

Life Drawing
with Derek Batty

Spring 2019


How can you make progress with your life drawing?  One method is to follow the class programme which this term focuses on colour using pastels.  These allow for quick application of colour so making the best use of your class time. Colours are available instantly and are mixed on the page — in contrast to the delay of squeezing paint tubes and colour mixing on a palette.

In the demonstrations I will encourage you to build on your experience with tonal drawings in charcoal and red chalk by applying hatchings of colour to create optical mixtures.

My artist examples will be Impressionists such as Degas who were the first to make and use pastels in their drawings.  By studying the artwork of the masters you can gain an insight in to the kind of drawing you want to achieve.  .

The topics are always seen as extra to the core activity of drawing our models. You are welcome to use any material or style. I recommend that you bring along a few previous drawings and a sketchbook to each class so that you have connection and continuity from week to week.


Looking forward to drawing again with you.



3rd February 2019          


Week commencing

Spring Programme



Quick Sketch Drawing in Red Chalk  Use a red conté pastel like the old masters and work in two phases: firstly with light broad lines and then secondly, commit with bold, heavy strokes.  Demonstration



Easy Pastels   Develop the red chalk quick sketch with additional colours. Ensure that the tone is right by half closing your eyes.  No need to decorate the whole room but focus on a small alcove so you can develop intense colour.  Demonstration



Impressionist Pastels  Study how the first pastel artists used colour.   Choose mid-toned paper such as blue or brown so that both dark and light pastels have value.  Apply hatchings of colour to create colour mixtures.  Blue or purple in the shadows makes the colour particularly vibrant.



Connected Colour  To create mood and atmosphere you must apply colours consistently and ask where else does that colour appear?  Before returning a pastel to the box interrogate the scene for other instances of its appearance.   Demonstration



Double Images  More than one figure on the page either by design, or for study and correction.  Place the first figure off-centre so there is space for more later on.  This style of drawing is surprisingly interesting and calls upon the viewer to work out what is going on.



Standing Up or Lying Down - Longer pose  Spend most of the time on one drawing, making corrections rather than starting again.  With these types of poses you must give extra time to assessing proportion and correcting any problems of foreshortening.



Half term—no class



Portrait   Construct the face beginning with the eyes and carefully use this as a reference point for all the other features.  When drawing a profile a long pencil held in front of one eye helps you to observe a vertical cutting through the bridge of the nose.    Demonstration



Composition and More   Not another life drawing as the model is posed with props and placed in a setting.  



Extraordinary Exaggeration   Use the blind contour technique to push your work into expressionist line, or caricature.  Broad shoulders, large hands and feet, extreme thinness, small heads and long legs work particularly well.  Demonstration.



Transparent Clothing   At the end of each pose our models put on one or two items of clothing. 



Pen and Pencil Sketching in your Sketchbook  We study the use of materials especially suited to small scale:  dip and cartridge pens, types of ink, graphite and colour pencils, and more.  Crowd your drawings together and work across pages.  Demonstration.



Longer Pose  Develop a drawing over a longer time with reference to what has worked well over recent weeks.


08 Apr-19

15 Apr-19

22 Apr-19

Easter Break – no classes  



First class of Summer Term

Spring Term Payment

Choose a method to suit your circumstances:

*  On the day for maximum flexibility:  £18.00 per class.

*  Five Class Vouchers:    £78   No need to worry about when you can attend.  Each voucher is good for one class.  Valid for 12 class weeks across terms.  A popular choice, interchangeable across all of my classes.

*  Spring Term 2019 (12 weeks) £148  Reward your commitment!   You can pay by instalments - write two cheques (£74 / £74) one post-dated 1st March 2019.  Cheques should be made payable to Derek Batty.  Make up missed classes at other times during the term.


Special offer: attend twice in one week and get the second class at half-price, for example, half a voucher.


Internet Banking:  You can make a payment over the internet using the details in the printed programme.  Alternatively you could pay via Paypal using my email as account locator.

Materials List for Spring Term classes
Charcoal, putty eraser, pen, ink. Brown or blue paper.  Sketchbook (A4 or A5),  pencils, clear 30 cm ruler, bag for everything. Pastel set (eg 24 Conté crayons £20 in class). No fixative please.  Some basic materials are available for you to buy in the class including those specified in the programme.  Other materials are provided for you to try out. So no need to worry about bringing in the right things! 


Models tip:  voluntary donation at the end of the class - suggested amount 80p.  


Facebook Group  Link up with others connected with the classes.  Search for the Facebook group Cambridge Life Drawing and send a request to join.