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NEAC School of Drawing Curator:

Michael Kirkbride

NEAC Drawing School Scholarship 2016-17

Two scholarships will be awarded at the New English Art Club’s Annual Open Exhibition to emerging artists with the most promising portfolios. The Scholarships will enable the recipients to attend all classes and workshops run by the Drawing School free of charge. They will be encouraged to visit NEAC artists in their studio environments and develop an informal mentoring relationship with at least one member. 

Who can apply?

Artists aged 18 or over

When is the Deadline?

Receiving Day: Saturday 9 April 2016, 10am to 5pm

How do I apply?

The Receiving Day is Saturday 9 April 2016, 10am to 5pm at the Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD. Bring a portfolio, sketchbooks and photographs of work, but no paintings on canvas or framed pieces. Also include a CV and short statement to support your application (max. 100 words).

All portfolios must be collected on Thursday 14 April 2016, 10am to 5pm from the Mall Galleries.

The two successful applicants will be informed before the end of April and will be formally announced at the NEAC Open Private View on Wednesday 15 June.

Life Drawing Classes in London and Elsewhere

'Anyone can draw' is one of the principles of the Drawing School. You do not need to be a member or a Friend of the NEAC, and you do not need to sign up for a term or year or course. It is entirely possible to drop in to any of the courses without booking and draw in our classes, although probably best to email the day before to confirm that the class is running.

Bookmark this page and email the Drawing School Administrator, Jessica Miller, at to get on the mailing list!

The NEAC Drawing School Courses
at the Learning Centre, Mall Galleries

The NEAC Drawing School is at the Learning Centre at the Mall Galleries, where we hold our regular classes on Tuesdays.
Michael Kirkbride NEAC Curator Drawing School

Drawing School

Staffed entirely by members of the NEAC, many of whom have a wealth of teaching experience, the Drawing School offers a thorough and sound approach to drawing in its many forms, with small classes to ensure a personal and individual tutor/student relationship.

The Drawing School is at the heart of what the NEAC represents. We run courses at various venues, mainly in London, on drawing, sketching en plein air, and working from drawing to painting. Courses are constantly in development, so check back regularly to keep up-to-date.

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Weekly Life Drawing at Mall Galleries
Sept - Dec 2015

The sessions this term will be taught by Mick Kirkbride NEAC.
All levels of ability are welcome,with  some basic materials  provided. Poses vary from short to more sustained, with an emphasis on exploring the broad language of drawing through a flexible approach , and varied methodology.

Some basic materials are provided, but more information is given by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

Time and Date

Every Tuesday, 6pm to 8pm during Term Time.

Please enter via 17 Carlton House Terrace at the rear of the Mall Galleries. Please ring the 'Mall Out Of Hours' button to gain entry.

Spring Term 2016.

Tues 12th Jan [there will be no session on Tues 2nd Feb & Tues 16th Feb] the term ends on Tues 12th April [12 weeks in total.]

[There is a 10% discount for friends and students with an appropriate student number.]

£15.00 per drop in session
£75.00 for six sessions.

Mall Gallery Learning Centre

COST: £15/Session or £75/6 Sessions
Reserve a Place / Enquiry
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Staffage: "The Figure in Context"
March 5th 2016

Staffage: "The Figure in Context" with Charles Williams

A one day workshop which will include a series of exercises designed to explore the relationship of the figure to the space around it. Particularly appropriate for developing landscape and townscape work which includes figures. This day’s study focuses on the figure in context. 

There are no blank spaces in vision; there is no point at which we literally ‘see nothing’, unless we close our eyes, yet how many life drawings present the viewer with a nude form suspended in white space, a dark set of hatchings and shadings set against a blank whiteness? If life drawing has any function or anything to tell us at all, it is about how things are related.

Pencils; a range of soft and hard, putty rubber, charcoal; willow and compressed, ink and chalk, watercolour paints, paper and brushes.


Charles Williams RWS NEAC, author of Basic Drawing (2011) and Basic Watercolour (2014) and regular contributor to The Artist magazine, has a wealth of teaching experience and an extensive exhibiting profile both in the UK and abroad.

Time and Date

Sat. 5 March 2016

Meet at 10.00am outside Heatherley’s School of Art, 75, Lots Rd., London SW10 0RN
The day will finish at 4.00pm with a plenary session at the end.

£50.00 for the day.
There is a 10% discount for NEAC Friends and students with an appropriate student number.

Heatherley’s School of Art

COST: £50/1 Day
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Watercolour and mixed media workshop
March 11th & 12th 2016

Watercolour and mixed media workshop with Paul Newland NEAC

Day 1 of this 2 day workshop will focus on “Plein Air” painting and drawing using the surrounding area of Heatherley’s School of Art as a starting point. This could include the river/harbour with the array of architectural styles and developments that characterise the area. The aim is to build up ideas and observations using spaces great and small which will inform more resolved works completed on day 2 in the studio at Heatherley’s. You may enrol for 1 day only if you wish. If you attend day 2 only, you will need to bring some preparatory sketches that can be developed further.

Although watercolour is the base medium you may add others. Over the 2 days you should consider bringing the following materials:

  • Watercolour paper or pad
  • Watercolour paints and brushes
  • Ink, chalk, charcoal, pastel and any other preferred drawing media
  • A view finder (card aperture), masking tape and drawing board if required
  • Sketching stool or light portable easel
  • Packed lunch for both days
  • Warm clothing, waterproofs and umbrella

There are further suggestions for materials by scrolling to the bottom of this page.


Paul Newland NEAC is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, and also a member of the Royal Watercolour Society. He adopts a flexible and experimental approach to watercolour using interiors, landscape, and cityscapes as subjects, combining recollection and imagination with observation.

Time and Date

Day 1 Friday 11 March
Meet outside Heatherley’s School of Art, 75 Lots Rd., London SW10 0RN at 10.00am.

Day 2 Saturday 12 March
Meet outside Heatherley’s School of Art at 10.00am.

Each day will end at 4.00pm and will finish with a plenary session.

[There is a 10% discount for friends and students with an appropriate student number.]

£50.00 for 1 day.
£90.00 for 2 days

Heatherley’s School of Art

COST: £50/1 Day or £90/2 Days
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Egg Tempera Workshop
March 19th 2016

Egg Tempera Workshop with Ruth Stage NEAC

After introductions this intensive day will begin with a talk and demonstration on the preparation of handmade Gesso panels.This will be followed by a further demonstration of creating the egg binder,then the mixing and application of the paint.In the afternoon session you will be given a  prepared Gesso  board to experiment with and practice the technique.You could work either from a still life group in the studio,  from a photo you have provided, or make a version [ Transcription ]
of an egg tempera painting from history eg - Piero Della Francesca .There are many examples of egg tempera painting in The Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery to give you inspiration.Ruth will show you examples of her work and work by other artists from history who have used the medium.


You will be provided with - 
A prepared Gesso board
Distilled Water
Some raw pigments

Students should bring -
A smallish brush- synthetic or sable are best
A small mixing palette
Any raw pigments you have
Any source material.


Ruth Stage NEAC works almost exclusively in Egg Tempera, she has won many major prizes and her work is widely collected both at home and abroad.More recently Ruth won the Lyn Painter Stainer's Prize, and also has an extensive exhibiting profile.

Time /Date

Sat 19th March 10.00 - 4.00 pm
Meet outside Heatherley's School of Art, 75 Lots Rd, London SW10 ORN at 10.00am. the day will end with a plenary session.

£50.00 for the Day.

There is a 10% discount for Friends of the NEAC and students with an appropriate student number.

Heatherley’s School of Art

COST: £50/1 Day
Book Your Place

NEAC Drawing School at Heatherley School Of Art

The NEAC Drawing School is delighted to announce a newly formed alliance with Heatherley's School of Art. Over the next academic year we will holding a series of classes and workshops there, taking advantage of their superbly equipped studio spaces. Founded in 1845 Heatherley's is the oldest independent art school in London , and is among the few art colleges in Britain to focus purely on portraiture, figurative painting and sculpture, offering vocational and part time courses for all age ranges over 17.

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Materials List for Drawing Classes

Recommended materials: Items in bold type are most necessary!

A variety of smooth and rough papers, different types of weight and colour, cut to same size as sketch book unless bringing a drawing board
Sketchbooks –preferably at least one large one and one small one
Black paper cut to same size as sketch book unless bringing a drawing board
Pencils: B – 4B
Graphite sticks
Black ink and drawing pen or gel pen/ sketching pen
White ink and drawing pen or white gel pen/ sketching pen
Watercolour brush
Water pot
Brown ink
Rags or tissues
Craft or Stanley knife
Pencil sharpener
Bag for rubbish
Putty rubber
Hard rubber
Some wet colour medium: Watercolours and brushes, watercolour paper or other painting medium- oils or acrylics as desired with board or canvas paper support
Drawing board and larger sheets of paper if desired
Warm clothes and snacks
Packed lunch
Bottles of water for brushes
Something to sit on: stool or gardening kneeling cushion or a cushion in a carrier bag
Viewfinder – card or otherwise