A full day workshop where you will experience first-hand the art of Life Drawing with the assistance of one of its masters, Royal Academy of Arts graduate Michael Kirkbride.

Join Michael (scroll to the bottom of this page for his bio), a senior lecturer and graduate of one of the country’s most prestigious art schools, to experience Life Drawing as a beginner or even as an experienced artist. Michael will guide you through the skills needed for both long and short poses with a live model, whist offering his insights and tips.

Michael Kirkbride is a British painter living in London. He earned a degree in Fine Art from Sunderland Polytechnic, followed by a postgraduate course at the Royal Academy Schools London. The human figure is the dominant structural motif within his work.

This workshop includes a 2-course lunch in the Dining Room, made with local and fresh ingredients. The day will conclude with an opportunity to review both your own, and fellow attendees work with your teacher.

A brand new Special Event which is part of ‘The Happiness Series’, a series of one-off events curated to help you learn a skill that will make you happier.

If you would like to book a table for dinner that evening, see below. Places are on a first come first served basis due to limited capacity to enable physical distancing.

£145 per person

If you would like to book a table for dinner that evening please email emma@thegallivant.co.uk

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9:30-10:00am Arrive at the Gallivant and join Michael in the summer house for tea and coffee and an introduction to the day and the materials you will be using.

This workshop will help your understanding of drawing the human form, using a flexible approach to media and mark making. You will be introduced to our model and Michael will guide you through starting your drawing.

10:15-12:00pm You will begin by working on short poses with a live model. These will give you the opportunity to start to loosen up and start to see the model as a whole. Michael will help you to understand how to use short poses to inform your drawings.
12:00-1:30pm Lunch will be served in our dining room. A two-course menu will be served, all fresh ingredients from the surrounding sea and land and celebrating where our beautiful location. Michael will also be on hand to answer any questions that have arisen from the morning class.
1:30-3:30pm Once back at the summer house, you’ll begin work on longer sustained poses with the same model. The short poses that you worked on in the morning will help to inform your drawing and Michael will guide you through the process of keeping these longer poses energetic and alive.


You will have opportunity to review both your own and your fellow attendees work and discuss the outcomes of your drawings. It is always a joy to see the different interpretations of one model and discuss how these arise.

Your workshop concludes.

In our Summer House.

– All of the materials you will need are provided. You are more than welcome to bring your own equipment, if you’d prefer.
– A 2-course lunch in our Dining Room.
– Tea and coffee.

This is an exciting event for both experienced artists to complete novices who want to try something new, under the watchful eye and guidance of one of London’s most celebrated artists.

This is a one-off Experience.


Meet your teacher

Micheal Kirkbride is a graduate of the Royal Academy Schools, in his unique career as a painter and teacher Michael has been a senior lecturer in Visual studies at the London College of Fashion, and has taught a range of drawing classes at both The Mall Galleries Learning Centre and Heatherley’s School of Fine Art.

In 2004 he became an elected member of The New English Art Club, through which he has also sold his art work. In 2014 he was given the honour of becoming the Curator of the New English Education Programme.

Teaching art has always been a passion of Michael’s, he has taught all levels of drawing and painting, from beginners to post-graduate artists. Currently, Michael is leading a series of life drawing classes and specialist workshops for the Royal Academy of Arts Academic Programme in London. He also teaches at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Insight School of Art alongside his own artistic enquiries.

Michael’s art is curated and sold through several galleries in London including, The Mall Galleries and The New English Art Club. His work can also be found online at Singulart, who showcase a small collection of unique artists from around the world in an online gallery.


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