Frequently Asked Questions

What are the aims of the life drawing group?

The life drawing group aims to enable you to :

  • Practice the techniques of drawing and painting the human figure.
  • Develop your drawing and painting skills, dexterity, and concentration.
  • Study the human figure as a central theme in western art.
  • Fit your drawing activities in around work, family, and other commitments.

How are we different from other life drawing groups?

The group was started by a couple of keen life drawers to overcome the shortcomings of life drawing groups that were running at the time.

  • We try tomeet 48 to 50 times a year in a private studio. We do not close for school holidays, unlike groups that use local authority venues. In recent years, we’ve even met on the Wednesday between Christmas and the New Year.
  • We meet on a weekday afternoon, which leaves evenings and weekends free for other activities.
  • We have a 3-hour drawing session, longer than the 2-hour sessions provided by many of the evening groups.
  • We have a large pool of models to draw upon, so we’re not sketching the same model, week in, week out.
  • We aim to keep the size of the group small.
  • We work on a pay-as-you-go basis. Members only pay for the sessions they book or attend on a drop-in basis.
  • We are a not-for-profit group and plough any surplus made back into the group.

Do I need to be an experienced artist to join?

No, you don’t. We have members at all levels of attainment and ability, all wanting  to practice and develop their skills in life drawing.

We’re also suitable for those with some painting and drawing experience who are new to life drawing.

While the drawing classes are untutored, we have a friendly and informal atmosphere that encourages our members to exchange advice and help each other. Some of our members have been to art school, others have had no advanced art education and some are complete beginners. All make a contribution in various ways.

How do I join?

Email  We will email you back within 48 hours and give you details of the venue and the date of our next meeting.

We will send you a regular email updating you on upcoming meetings and other events.

When do we meet?

We meet on Wednesday afternoons, holding between 48 and 50 meetings each year. The meetings start when the doors of the studio open at 1:00 PM and run until around 5:00 PM, with drawing starting at 1:30 PM and finishing at 4:30 PM.

There’s a 15 to 20 minute break roughly half way through the drawing session for leg stretching and refreshments.

Occasionally, we hold an extended meeting with both morning and afternoon drawing sessions. We encourage our members to bring a packed lunch to these extended sessions.

It’s unlikely that we will hold regular meetings on other days. One of the original reasons for the group’s formation was to allow our members to keep evenings and weekends for other activities.

Can I attend occasionally?

Certainly. Several of our members work shifts that change at short notice or have other unpredictable demands on their time.

Please use the bookings page to check that spaces are available for the sessions you plan to attend.

Where do we meet?

We meet in a private studio, not far from Exit 5 on the M40, just off the A40 and near the centre of Stokenchurch village.

Can I park at the studio?

Only a very limited amount of on-site parking is available since the group meets in a private studio. However, a large amount of free, unmetered, on-street parking is available within a short walking distance.

Can I get to the studio using public transport?

Using the number 40 bus, we are an 18-minute bus ride from the centre of High Wycombe and a 30-minute bus ride from Thame Town Hall, both with a 5-minute walk at the end.

Find the bus stop nearest to you:

Download the timetable for the No 40 bus:

How much does a session cost?

Each session costs £15 for 3 hours drawing, with payment being due at the drawing session.

Do I have to book a number of sessions in advance?

No, you are only committed for the sessions that you make a booking for or that you attend as a drop-in.

There are no membership fees, and you do not have to pay in advance.

What about materials and equipment?

Each person brings their own. Artists usually bring their own drawing boards or use drawing pads. Some artists like to paint.

To start, bring a drawing pad or separate sheets of paper, pencils, chalk, or any materials you care to try.

We have 5 good quality easels and drawing boards available for your use. Members can reserve these when making a booking.