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  • Bristol | Drop-in Life Drawing | 2 hour pose - Spaces available on first-come, first-served basis

    Bristol | Drop-in Life Drawing | 2 hour pose

    Spaces available on first-come, first-served basis

    Thursday evenings | 18:30-20:30


    Looking for a relaxed weekly life-drawing session with great models and in a professional studio? Visit LARA and get a taste of life at the atelier.

    12th April 2018 £10
    19th April 2018 £10
    26th April 2018 £10
    3rd May 2018 £10
    10th May 2018 £10
    17th May 2018 £10
    24th May 2018 £10
    31st May 2018 £10

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    about Bristol | Drop-in Life Drawing | 2 hour pose

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    These sessions are fun, informal, untutored and open to anyone. While there is always at least one tutor present to supervise, the model will sustain the same pose for the duration of the session. There will be a different model each week.

    Drawing a 2 hour pose is a great way to practise capturing gesture, body type and anatomy, as well as an opportunity to develop understanding of what makes a successful composition.

    At these sessions artists bring their own materials and can experiment with different media. Some artists will experiment with softer charcoals, coloured pencils, even chunky marker pens or paints at the drop-in.



    While the student's work is self-led at the drop-in session, it is a great opportunity to practise the following:

    Learning to make quick but accurate proportional judgements, using comparative measurement as opposed to sight-size

    Using big, simplified shapes to represent gesture and form

    Two value, block-in mass drawing to represent simplified forms under lighting

    Using contour and edges to describe more specific forms in a narrow value range


    The drop-in sessions take place in the same figure room as the full-time course and therefore benefit from the excellent studio facilities. We have a range of different lighting options, all the way from natural light (only in the summer for evening sessions), soft artificial light and harder spot-light artificial lights of different colour temperatures, all at studio quality specifications.

    We provide chairs and drawing boards for all and, additionally, there are easels available on a first-come, first-served basis.


    Anything goes at these sessions, however you can buy pencils, putty rubbers, charcoal and painting materials from the LARA Bristol shop, within the studio.


    We hope you leave the session not only with drawings to be proud of but also having met and chatted with lots of fellow artists with similar interests. These sessions are intended to be relaxed and sociable.

    Beginners welcome.

    booking and payment

    There are 25 spots available for the session. These are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. It is completely fine to pay by cash or card on the door but please bear in mind that as advanced booking is possible through this webpage the session could be sold out on the day.