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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

A great clip of a life class in Spain where models pose together:

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.



Please bring a chair and a hot drink for the class on Monday 16th July: outside by the river in Great Shelford.

Monday's class will be outside with two models in Great Shelford - more below.

Summer  Term 2018

Monday 16th July 2018
  9.30am - 12.15pm
Today's class is at Willow End, Kings Mill Lane, Great Shelford, CB22 5EN.  Please bring a chair and a hot drink. Also for the sun: sun cream, a hat and insect repellent etc.  Toilets available.  Boards, paper and clips from my car.  Two models. Drawing outside. Start time is 10am.

Tuesday 17th July 2018 1.00 - 3.30pm
Longer Pose.
. Drop in  
Friday 20th July 2018 7.00-9.30pm
Longer Pose. 
Just turn up.
Spaces £18. 

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 14th July  2018