Sample programme


Mondays 9.30am – 12.15pm

Tuesdays 1.00 – 3.30pm
The Meadows Community Centre,
1 St Catharine’s Road,
Cambridge CB4 3XJ

Life Drawing
with Derek Batty

Late Summer Term 2020


I am calling this programme the Late Summer Term.  We need to be cautious in starting back and gives us all a chance to assess whether we can get back to drawing together.

Not just a big interruption in our art but also a new venue.  We must look towards the essentials in our drawing class and try to adapt to the new building and a new way of interacting within the class.

Great models in a creative setting is what I have always promissed.  But we may have to reduce the scale on which we work, perhaps being completely self-contained with a sketchbook and pen. 

I have to restrict the numbers in the class and so just turning up unannounced is alas no longer an option. (Something which I know many of you really valued.)  For now it is only possible to book a block of classes on a particular day, or to book a single class in advance.  Swapping days is possible if space allows.

I will ensure that we have great models in fabulous lighting.




Looking forward to drawing again with you!


8th September 2020     



Mon 9.30 am

Tues 1.00 pm


Alas we are not meeting at the moment





Line and Tone Quick Sketch  Use the side of the charcoal to loosely swoosh around the figure to lay in some broad sweeps.  Then carefully pick out a few key lines to suggest detail.






Extreme poses  Capture dynamic action of figures frozen in motion.  Be flexible in your approach.  Perhaps return to a figure if you do not have time.  Perhaps put the body of one pose onto the legs of another.





Erased  Tone the paper with a light layer of charcoal.  Then work your drawing with the putty eraser and additional layers of charcoal.






Getting It All In  Make an effort to set the figure into the frame of the page.  Use a viewfinder and make corrections, rather than settle for cutting off.





Portrait  Get the faces right.  Work from a single point of reference, the eyes, and gradually construct the face. 



·         Late Summer Term 2020 starting the week of 14th September 2020  (5 classes) £78    Cheques should be made payable to Derek Batty.  Make up missed classes at other times in the week.  It is possible to change your day of attendance if space allows and booked beforehand.

·         A single class booked in advance space permitting:  £18.00 per class.

You can use your vouchers to set against the cost of the Five Weeks

(Those who paid for the 12 week Spring Term when we had to stop early are two weeks in credit.  This brings your Late Summer payment down to £53.)


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.