I enjoyed a bit of 'me' time last night when I attended a life drawing class at the Jam Studio, run by fellow English immigrant Mike Albrow.
While working as a builder in Manchester Mike fell in love with a Swiss lady, moved to Switzerland with her around 25 years ago and never looked back. He has since brought up a family here and created an amazing niche for himself as a chef by day and an artist by night/afternoon.
I have never attended an art class in an artist's studio before and I found it very inspiring. It's only a five minute walk from Winterthur HB, although half of that is navigating the winding stairs and corridoors up to the studio loft space - it was all very exciting.
The model was amazingly professional and starts posing at 6.30pm sharp. There were sofas to recline on and easels available, as well as paper and artist materials that Mike will sell to you at cost price. There is no tuition, you just get on with it - which suited me (my efforts are pictured left and below) and you can paint/draw/sculpt to your heart's content for two hours solid. The classes are ad hoc, mainly on a Monday or Wednesday evening as well as the odd four hour session on a Saturday morning with the same pose when you can create a bigger/final piece of work. To find out dates drop Mike an email.
Cost per session is 25chf.