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


We’re back...

Yes, we start back on January 6th (the first Tuesday in the New Year) and we'll keep running right through to next Christmas without a break unless they decide to put a bank holiday on a Tuesday.

...and Happy New Year

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).


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our regulars, the artist Frances Townley. Frances had been fighting cancer for some years, but at the same time made the most of her time left on earth.

drawing by FranThe Funeral will be at the Robin Hood Cemetary, Streetsbrook Road, Solihull B90 3NL at 2pm on Friday 4th December, with the wake at the Arden Club, Sharmans Cross Rd, Solihull B91 1RG afterwards.

Frances made this wonderful sketch of another of our regulars, Peter Wooley, at the drawing group.

Our thoughts go out to husband John and all her family. Frances will be truly missed as she was a big part of the arts scene in both Solihull and Birmingham. Any donations should go to the Marie Curie Trust. There will be an auction of her paintings, but there will be more news on that as and when it happens.

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:

  • Tuesdays 10-12.15am; Life Drawing and Painting
    £70 per 10 week term or £7.50 per session
    St Anne's Church Hall, Park Hill, Moseley
  • Wednesdays 10-12am; Pastel, Acrylic & Watercolour
    £50 per 10 week term or £5.50 per session
    St Anne's Church Hall, Park Hill, Moseley
  • Wednesdays 7-9.30pm; Creative Printmaking
    £65 per 6 week term or £15 per session
    Birmingham Printmakers, 90 Floodgate St. B5 5SR
  • Thursdays 10.30-12.30am; Portrait
    £70 per 10 week term or £7.50 per session
    St Anne's Church Hall, Park Hill, Moseley

To download details of his life and portrait courses 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