When we started our Coffee Mornings two years ago, we never dreamt that they would become as popular as they now are. Thanks to everyone who has helped make them such a success!

This year we have already drawn: ladies in traditional Japanese Kimonos, a Jazz Band, Dutch still life, abstract shapes and forms and Ballet Dancers.

As always, we’ve taken August off Coffee Mornings to make space for the Summer Workshops, but we are back with them next month and have some really exciting ones planned for the rest of the year.

Bring along your sketchbook and drawing materials, or if you don’t have any you can use those generously provided by Winsor & Newton – who have been supporting our Coffee Mornings since they began.

Thursday 27 September, 10am to 12 noon

Coffee Morning with sketching Female Kickboxers

Taking inspiration from the Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition we sought for something that would emphasise the Society’s message of female empowerment, and what could be more empowering than kickboxing? Safari Kickboxing hold women-only martial arts classes promoting fitness and exercise as well as self-defence and self-confidence. A display team from the club will be demonstrating their skills while we draw along.

Sunday 7 October, 10am to 12 noon

Coffee Morning with Sketching for Silver Sunday

Inspired by the exhibition Lydia Corbett, Picasso’s Sylvette, we'll be drawing in the gallery while listening to the hits of 1953, the year that aged 19, Lydia Corbett, then called Sylvette David, became Picasso’s muse, sitting for some of his finest paintings.

Over 200 of Lydia’s works, oils and watercolours along with ceramics and other three-dimensional works will be in the exhibition and will inspire our drawing.

This event is part of Silver Sunday, a day of free events and activities for older people. Find other events near you: www.silversunday.org.uk

Thursday 25 October, 10am to 12 noon

Coffee Morning with sketching Birds of Prey

Willows Bird of Prey Centre are joining us with a few of their beautiful birds to act as life models for this Coffee Morning during the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition, The Natural Eye. There will be an Owl and a Hawk posing for your drawing.

In previous years we’d had snakes, lizards, toads and tortoises acting as live models during the SWLA Coffee Mornings, and they’ve been some of our most popular events, so make sure you arrive on time to avoid missing out.


Thursday 29 November, 10am to 12 noon

Coffee Morning with sketching Ballet Dancers

For the last Coffee Morning of the year, we are pleased to welcome back the Central School of Ballet.

Central School of Ballet’s renowned graduate performing company Ballet Central joins us again this November and their talented dancers will be posing in Nutcracker costumes for us at our Coffee Morning for Art Lovers, inspired by the festive season approaching. They will be surrounded by the paintings of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition. This is another event we anticipate being very popular, so make sure you arrive on time to avoid disappointment.

Do come and join us at any or all of these events. No need to book, just drop in on the day between 10am and 12 noon.