Creative Life drawing Manchester

Weekly peer-group sessions


The group for everyone who loves life drawing.

Creative Life drawing Manchester is a Manchester based life drawing group. Join if you are looking for a life drawing class that is welcoming, friendly, inclusive and supports everyone in their chosen style of life drawing, mixed media, or painting.

We are based in Ancoats, Manchester M4 a short walk from New Islington Metrolink.
Creative Life drawing Manchester is a small peer-supported life drawing group and is a great place to improve and learn from each other, while enjoying the support and encouragement from other group members. If you love the challenges and rewards of life drawing then come along and join us.

Suitable for: Absolute-beginners, Beginners, Improvers, Intermediate, Experienced artists.

Short Poses

1st week of each month
Bring your own materials

Tuesday (2020)

6.30 – 8.30pm

All drawers welcome

More dates soon

Mixed poses

2nd week of each month
Bring your own materials

Tuesday (2020)

6.30 – 8.30pm

All drawers welcome

More dates soon

Long poses

3rd week of each month
Bring your own materials

Tuesday (2020)

6.30 – 8.30pm

All drawers welcome

More dates soon


4th week of each month
Bring your own materials

Tuesday (2020)

6.30 – 8.30pm

All drawers welcome

More dates soon

Creative Life drawing Manchester 
Ancoats, Manchester M4 7JA, within easy reach of Manchester city centre
The art studio is 3 min walk from New Islington Metrolink station
Hope Mill has its own car park


 A great way to socialise and share idea/tips with other life drawers. Always enjoy this event! 

 A very good meet -up for anyone interested in improving their drawing skills 
Caroline J

 Lovely welcoming informal group. Nice studio space. So happy I found you and have a chance to do life drawing again! 
Julia G

Creative Life drawing Manchester

Enjoy a warm Manchester welcome and make the most of the inclusive, creative atmosphere where you can feel confident in trying whatever you like – draw for the first time, experiment with new techniques, and simply be your artistic self. 

Drawing sessions
We meet on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 6.30 – 8.30pm.

  • 1st Tuesday: Short poses: movement, short studies up to 15 mins.
  • 2nd Tuesday: Mixed-length poses; quick poses to start, varied poses 15-45 mins.
  • 3rd Tuesday: Long pose; usually a single pose all evening, or 2 per session.
  • 4th Tuesday: Portrait session (clothed): same pose all session, or over 2 sessions.

We do our best to offer a variety of life models, male/female of differing body types.

Sessions usually start with some quick drawings to help you loosen up before the poses begin for the evening. We aim to offer a variety of poses and welcome ideas and suggestions from members.

Drawing sessions are untutored although I or other members will be happy to give you a helping hand, offer advice and some direction if you need it.
Your talent will always be nurtured and you’ll be encouraged to be creative.

• We need a minimum of 5 members for a session to run.
• Please check our Facebook page for any last minute changes after 12pm on the day of the session.
• Full refunds will be offered for any sessions I have to cancel, otherwise you need to give me 5 days notice

Please bring your own favourite drawing or painting materials.
Newsprint, willow and compressed charcoal are available to buy.
Easels and drawing boards are available to use.

Relax and enjoy
Tea, coffee and biscuits are available during break time.
Relax after drawing! I tend not to chase you out after, and you’re free to stay awhile, chat, share experiences, review your work and generally chill out.

Find us
Creative Art Courses
516 The Gallery Studio
AWOL Studios, Hope Mill
113 Pollard Street, M4 7JA.

CLICK HERE for full directions and studio access details

Taught life drawing courses
CLICK HERE if you’re interested in a fully taught life drawing course

Join us for life drawing full of creative joy and creativity within a fully inclusive, relaxed, informal and social atmosphere. 

  • Essential items to bring

    Your own choice of drawing or painting materials
    My suggestions are some (not all) of the following;

    1. Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    2. Compressed charcoal
    3. Willow charcoal
    4. Soft pastels
    5. Plastic erasor
    6. Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    7. Acrylic paint + brushes
    8. Water colour paint + brushes
    9. Drawing paper
      choose either;
    • Newsprint paper: A1 size
    • Daler Rowney: A2 size
      Fine Grain heavy weight drawing pad
    • Winsor + Newton: A2 size
      Medium Surface cartridge pad

    Optional items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron

    Available in the Studio
    Drawing Boards
    Stools + chairs
    Water tubs

  • Days: Tuesdays
    Times: 6.30-8.30pm

    Venue: AWOL Studios, Hope Mill, Ancoats

    Group Size
    Min 4 – Max 12

    Sessions include tea, coffee & biscuits. 

  • Brian has a background as a fine artist, community artist and adult tutor. 
    Brian is passionate about life drawing and supporting others in developing their own approach and style of drawing.  His aims for Creative Life drawing Manchester is to create a friendly, supportive and creative environment that encourages everyone to continue in their pursuit of drawing from life and to reach their creative potential.  He is Lead tutor at Creative Art Courses.

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What can I expect

Supportive environment
Draw in an inclusive, supportive, relaxed and encouraging environment, with peer support from a friendly group of artists. Watch as your enjoyment and confidence grows.

1st Tuesday: Short poses
2nd Tuesday: Mixed-length poses
3rd Tuesday: Long pose
4th Tuesday: Portrait

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 Best life drawing meet up in Manchester 

 A great bunch of people-friendly,informal atmosphere. Lovely studio space. I can only reiterate this comment! 
Helen J


  1. Rachel Van Den Bergen
    4 March 2019 @ 4:39 pm

    I am a writer and artist in Levenshulme and I’m good at ceramics and I draw internal organs. I’m an abstract artist. Is there a workshop or class nearby suitable for me to meet other artists.


    • artfulantics
      4 March 2019 @ 7:23 pm

      Hi Rachel. Your works fascinating. I host a community arts group on a Wednesday afternoon in my studio called Ancoats Visual Arts. They are a small informal group of artists who meet each week for leisure, chat and encouragement in their drawing and painting. HERE is a LINK for more information.
      Hope this helps. Best regards


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