From Catwalk to Canvas by Ellie Quiney

From Catwalk To Canvas By Ellie Quiney


“If you are looking to explore new illustrative styles and techniques, this fashion life drawing class is for you!”

Having only attended life drawing classes in the more traditional sense (charcoal, pencil and silent concentration) I came along to this fashion life drawing class as a novice and uncertain what to expect.

Held at Gainsborough Artworks in Stafford the relaxed teaching style of the tutor, freelance local illustrator Clare Corfield-Carr, immediately set the laid-back and creative tone for the 1 and a half hour session.

Following a few examples of Clare’s work the class and I launched into drawing. I was feeling adventurous and donned the rarely used paint, ink and brushes. Surrounded by people of all skills and abilities with Prince and Fleetwood Mac playing in the background all 10 students were relaxed yet concentrating on developing their techniques, using different materials and enjoying experimenting.

With quick 5 minute warm up sessions followed by more detailed and themed 20-minute sessions the class was well structured allowing people to try something different and practise as many skills as possible for example drawing the figure using only arcs and straight lines.

I would recommend this weekly class to anyone looking to develop their illustrative skills and style and those who are looking to try something a bit different.

The class is £10 per session running from 7:00pm – 8:30pm with a break in the middle for a cup of tea and biscuits.

The next session will be running on Monday 18th May , for more information and to book your place visit Gainsborough Artworks also host a range of workshops which are available to view via their website.

For more information about Clare’s work you can visit or follow her on twitter:

Review by Ellie Quiney
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