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Who we are

We are a group of artists – beginners, improvers, amateurs and professionals – who meet together to share our enthusiasm for drawing and painting.

What we do

Life and portrait drawing have long been the basic skills which most artists aim to refine, so it is not surprising that they provide the backbone of our Club’s activities. Live models are provided at all life and portrait sessions. Members draw or paint at their own pace using their own media. Both male and female models are employed by the Club. The Club does not provide tuition, but watching others draw and chatting to them during the break can be very helpful.

If you have never drawn from life or portrait models, remember we all had to begin sometime.

Still-life drawing and painting is another activity which artists down the ages have undertaken. On the Club’s still life evenings, varied objects are displayed from which members arrange their own compositions on the page or canvas. Still-life evenings tend to be relaxed and provide good opportunities for meeting other club members. On these occasions, some prefer to bring in and continue with their work in progress.

The Club’s committee organises an annual coach trip to the Royal Academy’s Summer Open Exhibition as well as various other artistically based outings during the year. Painting outdoors has been enjoyed recently, with venues such as Calke Abbey, Shardlow Marina, Markeaton Park and Elvaston Castle providing groups of members with interesting landscape material.

We are a group that have varied backgrounds and with a wide variety of experiences. New members and visitors say that we are a friendly group. If you are interested in art, bring your pad and pencil to one of our meetings. The first session is free of charge.

Membership & Session Fees

Our aim is to keep the costs to a minimum whilst providing the most suitable environment in which to practise your art.

Activity Fee
Annual membership fee paid in January £30.00
Wednesday a.m. portrait group £5.00
Friday a.m. life drawing group £5.00
Friday evening life or portrait group £5.00
Friday evening demos £5.00
Friday evening still life £5.00
Web gallery (members only) £FREE
First session for visitors £FREE
Following session for visitors £5.00
Students to all groups £2.00


Published 12th April 2019