L A S T . C H A N C E

Cheff Richard is buying the ingredients for the Kerala curry tomorrow morning for our Life Drawing+ this Sunday. If you are thinking in coming, please, book and let us know if you want vegan or prawns curry.

11am start > 5min to 30min poses
1pm > lunch with wine or lassi
2pm – 4pm > long pose


What a great Sunday and Spanish paella!

What a special life drawing sessions we had this year already. It’s not often that you are served fantastic food by a chef in the break. Two paellas, one with prawns the other vegan, served with wine, organic salad and amazing bread in Catalan style.

Everyone was so happy that Richard and I have teamed up to run regular Sundays. Every fisrt Sunday of the month starting on the 1st of October. Book now!

Here some pics:


We hope to see you again to any of the programmed Sundays and please, do not forget to share the news with friends!

See you soon

Àgata and Richard



Sunday Life Drawing+ Kerala Curry for lunch (optional)

The first of our Sunday’s sessions this term, for those who love long poses, starts on the:

  • 1st of October  –  11am – 4pm  –  Studio Bee ( 14-16 Faraday Alleyway – M1 BE )

Everyone is welcome to attend, from those who want to have a nice day out, and come with some friends, to those who want to relax or want to develop their practice. Some materials are provided, like boards, large paper, pencils and charcoal, but attendants are welcome to bring their own.

You can choose to bring your own food or to be served by our master Chef Richard with Kerala Curry, rice, flat bread and mango lassi or wine. Richard will bring us the taste of southern India with fresh herbs and spices and will gives the option to choose between a prawn’s or a vegan’s curry. As usual, we’ll have a range of tea’s, coffee and a variety of milks and biscuits which everyone will be able to help themselves at any time.

The day and the poses aim to be as follows:

  • 11am – 3 x 5 min poses
  • 11.15am – 1 x 10 min pose
  • 11.30am – 1 x 15 min pose
  • 11.45pm – TEA BREAK
  • 12pm – 2 x 30min break
  • 1pm – LUNCH
  • 2PM – 1 X 2h pose (with a 20min tea break at 2.50pm

Booking in advance is essencial and you’ll need to email if you want Kerala Curry and, if so, if you choose the prawn or the vegan option. Places are limited and first comes first served applies.

You are welcome to pay via Pay Pal below or in cash in our Tuesday sessions.

Booking – including lunch – £30 :


Booking for students and concessions – £25 :


Booking with no lunch – £25 :



Studio Bee is tricky to find so, if it’s your first time, give yourself plenty time to find it. It’s at the top floor of the red brick mill in the tiny allyway between the HULA Tikki bar, in Stevenson Square, and Faraday Street. Here a map:

Studio Bee_map

We hope to see you there

Àgata & Richard

We are starting strong!

We haven’t stopped drawing in August and we’re starting this term really strong.

1- Our Tuesday sessions will carry on until the 12th of December.

2- We start monthly Sunday life drawing sessions and below is the programme so far! Not printed yet, so please, let me know your thoughts about times and dates on Tuesday or via text, email or blog.

3- Portrait Comission by Bolton Art Gallery – those interested, see more info below.

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Bolton Museum invites submissions for a painting commission for its new galleries of ancient Egypt. The Portraits Wall within the new galleries will commemorate four key figures from the establishment of Bolton Museum and its world class collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts: Annie Barlow, Samuel Taylor Chadwick, and William and Thomas Midgley.

The museum is seeking submissions in a variety of styles + media, though not 3D. The commissioned portraits could be realistic in style or could take a more stylised + even caricatural approach, using photographs from the museum collection as their starting point. The completed portraits will enter the museum’s permanent collections, to sit alongside works by such masters of the genre as William Orpen, Jacob Epstein, Laura Knight, Andy Warhol and Christian Hook.

The fee for the commission is £1,000 per portrait or £4,000 for the group of four portraits.

The finished pieces should be no more than 800 mm high and 600 mm wide. For the initial stage of the process we ask you to provide us with a brief statement outlining how you would approach the portrait commission and examples of past work. We can provide a PDF document with more information about the commission including photographs of the four subjects. Please contact Matthew Watson if you would like a copy of the PDF document:

Phone 01204 338808 or email: matthew.watson@bolton.gov.uk


Good luck if you go for it!

All the best



O P E N . A L L . S U M M E R !

Last year we had days in August that were the best attended days in the year. So we’ll keep open every Tuesday in August. So turn up at any time. Come alone or with a friend. Beginners are welcome. We’ll serve wine and tapas, with vegetarian and vegan options , and who knows, if it’s very sunny I might bring fruit to the studio to do a smoothies!

There are no themes this summer but you’ll find the most incredibly different models you ever had. Big, small, rancid, plenish, cheekey, angels, grey, urban, classic characters and many more..

Studio Bee
14-16 Faraday Street (for directions and a map click here)
M1 1BE
7.30pm – 9.30pm
cost £10 materials and light refreshments included


Young people are beautiful but old people too. This june we’ll have a series of some of our eldest models we have.

  • Tuesday 13th we’ll start with Stuart, who’s in his 60’s and he’s preserved very fit.
  • Tuesday 20th we’ll have gorgeous Malinka who’s 70 years old, skinny and has incredible boobs! She still parties. What kind of parties? Psychedelic trans music parties. aw!
  • Tuesday 27th we’ll have our eldest model Geoff, who, though he doen’t admits it, he’s is his 80’s!

post collageBooking it’s not necessary. Just pay on arrival at Studio Bee, Manchester
14-16 Faraday Street M1 1BE
Top flor of the red brick mill in the aleyway between Stevenson Square and Faraday Street.

Beginners welcome. Materials, wine and snacks provided.

Drawing a naked bike ride

In the run up to the World Naked Bike Ride, we have invited one of the Manchester Naked Bike Ride’s organisers to model for us with her beautiful bike. So be prepared for the challenge of drawing Becca and her bike and also to ask the question:






Why people gathers to cycle nude across cities around the world?

Manchester Nude Bike Ride is this Friday 9th of June 6-8pm starting at all saints park with a body painting starter. Join this movement! And bare as you dare!

See some pictures of this event below.