Drop-in Life Sessions at the Friends Institute

220 Moseley Road, Highgate, Birmingham B12 0DG
Untutored Life Drawing/Painting sessions. Ideal for the Artist or Student or Enthusiast wishing to keep in practice.
Contact Richard on 0121455 9454 or 07905 559 167


FacebookWe now have a Facebook page where you can upload photos of drawins and paintings you made at the Friends as well as interacting with other people who come along and draw. If you click Follow then Facebook should notify you when new posts go up.

Don't forget that we stay open when other groups close which means we'll be running on the Tuesdays following Mayday and Spring Bank Holidays as well as Half Term and right throughout the long Summer holiday period.

6.30 to 9.30 pm every Tuesday
Group Leader, Richard Jones

We are a friendly informal drawing group. Although the group is untutored there is the opportunity to interact with other members, who include practising Artists and Art Lecturers.


The Friends Life Group stays open during holidays when schools and colleges are closed. Last year the Tuesday group only closed between Christmas and New Year while the Friday group closed on Good Friday as well.

Drawings by Paul Bartlett RAS (top right) and Pete Woolley, Lecturer in Fine Art (bottom left)

Help publicise the Tuesday group by downloading our Flyer (360k PDF) and Poster (424k PDF - A4 scales up to A3 well).

Harris Moore

Harris Moore Canvasses specialise in building canvasses to suit your needs, but also supply Fine Art materials and a picture framing service. You can find them at 12 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham, B5 5RT, call them on 0121 633 3687 orvisit their webpage at https://www.harrismoorecanvases.co.uk

Tuesday Group FLICKR

All attenders of the Tuesday group, we want to get your work up on Flickr to help promote you and promote the group. Please email your work to friendslifestudy@gmail.com or bring it in on a Tuesday evening during the Summer so it can be photographed while there's good light.

Emailed pictures should preferably be at least 1024 pixels in the longer direction so it can be viewed at it's best in Flickr's large size. You can send emails (with attachments) of up to 20 megabytes.

We would like to include some of your life studies from the Tuesday group along with some of your other Art, so surfers can get a good idea of what you as an Artist as well do as what we do as a group. Pictures will go up "all rights reserved" by default, though we can change the copyright settings at your request.

...and now Picasa

Unfortunately we have a problem with permissions on Flickr regarding nudity as they have strict guidlines which don't differentiate between pgotography and other media such as drawing or between what is and isn't Art. We got pulled up and I had to recategorise all the images according to their guidelines which means that you have to be logged in as a Flicr member to view a lot of the work.

To get round this for the slideshow I've taken out a Picasa account and uploaded a more selective range of pictures to it. The Flickr remains for now, but I'm investigating the best options and unfortunately I can't see us taking out a Flickr Pro account now, which in an ideal world would have been the best option. WATCH THIS SPACE...

Meanwhile you can view the Picasa slideshow below:

(bookable by the term or by the session)

Paul Bartlett is a regular attender of our Tuesday group. Paul runs the following independant courses, elsewhere:

  • Mondays 1.30 - 4pm ‘Creative Printmaking’
    £66 per 6 week term
    Birmingham Printmakers, Unit 312, The Jubilee Centre, 130 Pershore Street. B56ND
  • Tuesdays 10am - 12.15pm ‘Life Drawing & Painting’
    £8 per drop-in
    St Anne's Church Hall, Park Hill, Moseley. B13 8DU
  • Wednesdays 10am - 12noon ‘Art for All’
    £6.50 per drop-in
    St Anne's Church Hall, Park Hill, Moseley. B13 8DU.
  • Thursdays 10.15am - 12.15pm ‘Portrait Drawing & Painting’
    £8 per drop-in
    St Anne's Church Hall, Park Hill, Moseley. B13 8DU.

To download details of his life and portrait courses at St Anne's click here,

or here for a list of all his classes

For further information contact Paul on 0121 444 8976 or email paulbartlettrbsa@btinternet.com