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I saw an ad on Gumtree for free 'Art' classes recently and decided I would give it a try. So I duly rang the the contact number and booked myself on the course.
When I approached for my first class, I was told to look for a bungalow-type building...they weren't wrong.
I was met with this building in the middle of nowhere and wondered what I had let myself in for. The building was shuttered and locked up and there was no-one to be seen apart from some beautiful trees which I started to photograph...never one to miss an opportunity!
Eventually I was greeted by a very friendly Rose, who I later found out was the Centre Manager. Once the centre was opened up you were hit by the lovely warmth of the heat and the colourful efforts of the children's art work on the walls.
Needless to say, I felt very welcome and at home in the centre. A few minutes later I was introduced to the artist, John. A great down to earth kind of guy running the free art classes. He provided all the materials to use and started me off with a bit of line drawing.....nothing detailed, just loose outlines....wow, this felt great I thought! I was allowed to use as much material as I wanted and experiment with the guidance of John looking over my shoulder....
Here's the ad I read and I highly recommend it to everyone!
Hi, I am John Coyne, I am a local artist ( I have attached a couple of my paintings ) living in Monsall, North Manchester. Since Tuesday 5th February 2013 I have been heading an art class/community group for local people at the TLM Community Centre, Monsall. I am looking for more people to join the group every Tuesday from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, all welcome, any artistic ability, it's free and fun, have a coffee and chat with fellow artists in the group, I am relaxed as are the the group members.
This Tuesday 26th March the group are bringing in an object that has a personal meaning to them and drawing/painting the object, could be a photograph.
You can bring your own art materials if you want but I can supply paper, charcoal, watercolours, brushes.
Every Tuesday 4.30 pm to 6.30pm
At the TLM Community Centre, 1 Jocelyn Street, Monsall, Manchester, M40 8PR. Tel 0161 205 8608. Not far from Oldham Road. Monsall is next to the Harpurhey/Collyhurst areas of North Manchester.
If you come along this Tuesday 26th March, don't forget to bring in an object or photograph of something that has a personal meaning to you.
Just turn up on the day or if you require further details reply to me via email or contact the TLM Centre on 0161 205 8608.