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 Meet your teacher Michael, and fellow attendees over some tea and coffee before you begin.


10:15-12:00pm The first half of your workshop will be focused on short poses with a live model. A 2-course lunch will be served in the Dining Room.


1:30-3:30pm You will work on longer sustained poses and learn how to get the best from both types of life drawing.



The workshop concludes, there is some time for any remaining questions.

If you would like to extend your Gallivant Experience, you could grab a taxi to neighbouring Dungeness, followed by a warming cocktail before dinner in our Dining Room (not included in price, please book your table and taxis ahead).

TBC, most likely 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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