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Who we are?

We are a group of enthusiastic artists,  amateurs, improvers beginners and professional all believing in the common goal , the love of art and the willingness to share it!

What we do?

Life and portrait drawing have long been the basic skills which artists aim to refine, so it is not surprising that they provide the backbone of our club’s activities. Live models are provided at all life and portrait sessions. Members draw or paint at their own pace using their own media. Both male and female models are employed by the club . The club does not provide tuition, but watching others draw and chatting to them during the break can be very helpful. If you have never drawn from life or portrait models, remember, we all had to begin sometime.

Still life drawing and painting is another activity which artists down the ages have undertaken. On the club’s still life evenings, varied objects are displayed from which members arrange their own compositions on the page or canvas. Still life evenings tend to be relaxed and provide good opportunities to meet other club members. On these occasions some prefer to bring in and continue with their work in progress.

He amassed a fine collection of work by Derbyshire Artists which record the life and landscape of the area throughout those years. The collection is now kept in Derby City Art.

Membership steadily increased and accommodation became a problem. Premises in full Street, a studio above Adsott’s  taxidermist’s on London Road, the Castle Inn (all now demolished), and 31 Market Place have all provided home for the Sketching Club. In 1949 a film was made about the Art  which reveals how many members worked.

Times were changing and in 1966 the art club finally opened its doors to women members and moved into rooms in the Green Lane annexe  of the University. In recent years a unit in Markeaton Craft Village provided space for artists to work and exhibit. Derby Women's Art group was founded in 1922 and the two clubs ran quite separately untill the mid-60’s when the first suggestions about a merger were made. However nothing came of this until 1955 when talks took place again and the merger followed in January 1966.

The Derby Sketching Club met each Friday at 6.45 at the University Of Derby’s Mickleover Campus until  December 1997 when all meetings moved to Littleover. Grange Hall Community Centre, Park Lane, Littleover.Her the members (approximately 100 in 1999) can work in a much larger space

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