W H O A . W H O A . W H O A !!!


T h e r e . w e . g o !!!

Next week we start our D R A W I N G . M U S I C series til the end of the month.

What’s all about?

I’ve invited musicians and dancers to perform live at Studio Bee for us to capture their rhythms, colours and music. It’s a way to expand our approach to drawing and go with the rhythm’s tempo.

D O N ‘ T . P A N I C !

Dancers will dance small routins of 5 to 3 figures but will pose still for the 15 and 20min poses.

Here the programme:

D R A W I N G . B A L L E T
with Suzie Mitchell
Tuesday 12th Feb

D R A W I N G . F L A M E N C O
with Sarah Chambers
Tuesday 19th Feb

D R A W I N G . D O U B L E . B A S S . & . F L U T E
with Heather Elisabeth Bird
Tuesday 26th Feb

Hope you like the idea, come with a open mind, happy to experiment and get a new drawing technique in your palette.

Basic materials provided but feel free to bring inks, watercolours … think of Degas use of pastels for depicting ballet dancers’ movement or Toulouse Lautrec to capture the fast movement of can can dancers in the Moline Rouge.

B E G I N N E R S . W E L C O M E

Materials, wine and tapas provided.

£10 or £8 students an concessions.

Studio Bee
14 -16 Faraday St
top floor above The Peer Hat
M1 1BE

See you there

Life Drawing+




T H I S . Y E A R . W I L L . B E . T H E . Y E A R !

Expect the unexpected and getting involved.

Apart from our regular life drawing sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30pm-9.30om at Studio Bee, this year we’ll have a:

  1. Group Exhibition in October for all of our attendants
  2. Human Anatomy Life Drawing Course run by Master Rifat Ahamar aka Riff one Sunday a month. Contact him at ahamarr@gmail.com
  3. Long Poses Sunday Drawing : a dedicated Sunday to spread out our drawing’s and painting’s materials and enjoy model’s long poses. Last Sunday of the month.
  4. DRAWING EXPRESS : 1 hour of 1min to 5min of extreme poses for animators, illustrators, character designers, 3D and comic artists for learning to capture the human figure from any angle. To start in February every Wednesdays 6.30pm.
  5. Life Drawing Master Classes : professional artist’s led workshops who can teach us different techniques and materials.

and mouch more …

A reminder that our first Long Poses Life Drawing is this Sunday 27th of January 11am – 2pm.

The session aims to:

S T A R T – 11am

2 x 5 min poses
1 x 15 min pose
1 x 45 min pose

T E A . B R E A K – 12.15pm – 12.30pm

1 x 1.5h pose

E N D – 2pm

There will be some basic materials, tea and busicuits but attendants are welcome to bring their own favourite materials and lunch. There is a microwave in the kitchen and a kettle we can use.

The cost is £15 – all included

You can pay on the day or via Pay Pal using this link:



Hope you are as excited as I am

Àgata Alcañiz
Life Drawing+

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Christmas Life Drawing + Mulled Wine & 2 models

Hello everyone,

I hope you are enjoying spending time cosy at home with family and friends.

This Tuesday will be the last Tuesday Life Drawing session of the year and to celebrate the winter festivities we’ll have posing for us 2 models as a treat. they are our super Adam and Hope. Not a couple but some of our most professional models we have. Hop is into theatre so the poses will tell stories between a couple. Very expressive and dynamic.

To keep warm we’ll be serving mulled wine and xmas tapas, some hot some not but nice for xmas.

Hope you can make it.

I see you there.

If not, have a nice and peaceful winter vacation with friends and family



Strageways Prison: Painting Inside

Henry Martin, is one of the first artists who came to our Life Drawing+ sessions. That was back in 2012 when we were based in Islington Mill artist’s studios in Salford. Lots have happened since then but what I never expected is to see so many attendants developing as artists. Henry Martin is one of them and is on the rise.

He’s based in Manchester and he’s better know for his colourful watercolours of Manchester Parade’s gay people. They are just fantastic and worth having a look.

But now… But now Henry surprises us with very different material of work. I knew that he was painting the urban scape of Manchester… but what I didn’t know is that he’s had been given permission to paint inside the walls of the Strangeways prison. That’s such an institution in Manchester known by everyone yet no one has seen inside apart from its inhabitants and personnel.

W H A T . A G R E A T . O P P O R T U N I T Y !

I can’t wait to see Henry’s new watercolours sketches and oil paintings and see the inside of this emblematic building I’ve always looked from the outside. The exhibition is for two weeks at the new Art shop in Oldham Street CASS ART.

Who’s coming with me?


Henry Martin exhibition

You can follow Henry’s art on his:

website: www.henrymartinpaintings.com
instagram: @henrymartinpaintings

Let us know what you think of his art in this blog or in our social media

Àgata Alcañiz
facebook: @lifedrawingplus
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Warm Xmas treat

Xmas LD+Mulled Wine
This month we’ll be drawing the human figure with a cup of mulled wine in our hands. We’ll be very warm at Studio Bee, as we also got 2 gas bottles for our super gas heater to get us through the winter. We’ll have a new selection of hot and cold tapas to celebrate xmas with vegan option too.
The models will be dynamic and expressive and as a treat we’ll have a couple on the last session of the year on Tuesday 18th of December.
Materials, wine and tapas provided
£10 or £8 for students or concession – all included
Studio Bee
14-16 Faraday St
Top floor above the The Peer Hat entrance in the tiny alleyway at the back.
See you there

Alison Scott exhibiting with Dj Mr. Scruff!

Anyone is up for going to see Alison Scotts‘s artwork exhibited at Stretford Public Hall this weekend?

This is a group exhibition in which she’ll be exhibiting along other artists that have been coming to Life Drawing+ for years such as our beloved  Jayne Pellington.

Their work is just great and of incredible quality and if you have a space in your home or work premises where you’d like enjoying amazing prints and paintings, come and see what these and other artists are going to exhibit.

There is more! Mr. Scruff will be Dj’ng for the preview on Thursday evening so get your tickets now!  This is in this listed building, so it will be a great opportunity to visit this  mixture of gothic style piece of architecture with a great atmosphere created with great music and art.

Stretford Public Hall Exhibition

Marilyn posing for Life Drawing+

We are carrying on this month drawing XXL size models and this Tuesday we have the pleasure and honour to have our very much loved Marilyn Misandry, a performance artist working around issues of gender and fatness, incredible make up artist and a dj in the gay club scene in Manchester.

B E G I N N E R S . W E L C O M E

Materials, wine and tapas provided
£10 or £8 students and concessions .
7.30pm -9.30pm
Studio Bee
14-16 Faraday Street
Top floor above The Peer Hat bar, entrance at the back tiny alleyway.
See you there

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