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Top 5 Alternative Drawing Classes in London

14 January 2016 | Lydia Cooper

If you like using art to unwind, but have already tried traditional drawing classes in London, here are some options to make it more exciting. Our top five alternative classes include vibrant costumes and themes, odd locations and the opportunity to draw animals.

Life Drawing: Movement

Already perfected your still life drawing technique? A more challenging option is to go to a movement life drawing class, and attempt to capture the models as they dance, pirouette and jump. Most big drawing schools offer a movement workshop at some point in their calendar, so keep an eye out.

If you can’t wait for that, a good option is London Drawing’s The Drawing Theatre, where you can sketch moving figures in beautiful architectural surroundings. The next session is Friday Late: Illuminate, which takes place at the London Transport Museum, but events run throughout the spring.

Tickets are £12 (concessions £10). View the event page here.

 

Metropolis: Futuristic Dystopia with Art Macabre

Most famous for their “Death Drawing” events, Art Macabre specialise in injecting theatricality and curiosity into the art of drawing. As well as the futuristic dystopia-themed event in Shoreditch, upcoming plans for the spring programme include “Blue Velvet” (all possible shades of blue and blue materials) and “Gothic Brides”. Art Macabre are also running a new series of classes - “Drawn at the Tower” - in the atmospheric setting of the Tower of London.

Tickets range from £10-£15 and include all materials and a drink.

Visit their main site here to browse all their themed events. For “Drawn at the Tower’, go here.

 

Drawing at the National Portrait Gallery

Far from a traditional salon drawing class, the National Portrait Gallery run Drop-In Drawing, a casual session which takes place in the space of the gallery itself.

They also offer a series called The Drawing Room. Intended for disabled visitors, the artist-led session is interactive and takes place on a drop-in basis too.

Drop-In Drawing and The Drawing Room are both free classes with materials provided.

For more information, view the event pages here and here.

 

The Exotique Drawing Salon

This salon attempts to offer a unique and unusual adult drawing experience. Models often pose in latex, bondage gear or exotic clothes, or pose according to a theme: past themes have included “Beardsley-esque”, “Otto-esque”, and “Gothic Swan”.

All sessions are £10 and basic materials are provided.

Check out their Facebook page or their website here.

 

Wild Life Drawing at The Proud Archivist

Life drawing with a twist: the subjects are animals. Popular classes tend to sell out quickly - the reptile session at Somerset House and the miniature pig drawing at The Proud Archivist are currently fully booked - but there are still tickets available for the “Ferrets & Polecats” session, and more sessions planned for the future. Wild Life Drawing work with animal sanctuaries, and money from ticket sales goes towards the conservation and protection of animals.

Tickets are £25 and include materials.

Browse their website here. You can watch a video of their “Large Lizard” session below:

Wild Life Drawing: Large Lizards from Wild Life Drawing on Vimeo.

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