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Cardiff Life Drawing

Cardiff Life Drawing classes are run by Turnip Starfish. This taught life drawing class is for individuals at any level who want to push their drawing skills. 

This taught life drawing class in Cardiff will start with a small drawing demonstration exploring drawing structure and anatomy by respected drawing lecturer Nick Price. In this class you will be drawing a nude model. You will do a mixture of quick, mid length and long drawing poses. There will be a mixture of basic drawing materials and paper available, though you are encouraged to bring your own materials.

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Who is this class for?

•    Level 3 and A level art students
•    University students that plan to enter the Creative Industries
•    Professional artists and animators
•    Adult art enthusiasts


Teacher biog:

Director of animation at Turnip Starfish Nick Price has been a guest speaker and lecturer at numerous colleges and universities across the UK. He has also taught drawing and animation at several animation companies across Wales. Nick is a specialist in drawing for animation and has taught numerous young people that have gone on to work as illustrators and animators in the Creative Industries including Disney, Aardman Animations, Tiger Aspect and Ubisoft Entertainment to name but a few. 


These workshops successfully exhibit the ability to engage, communicate, educate and inspire young people.
Peter Hodges, Head of Division, Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales.

Once again your drawing lesson was a huge success and its effect on the students learning was quite clear. 
Ian Burgum. Course leader. L3 BTEC Art & Design Extended Diploma. Coleg y Cymoedd

Life Drawing is a must! Nick was super brilliant.
Katherine Keeble-Buckle. Lecturer in Art & Design. Cardiff and Vale College

The feedback that we had from the students was fantastic. They also commented on the teaching and said that they enjoyed your energetic approach to working. The work that they have produced will not only be valuable for the portfolio but for improving their drawing skills.
Jessica Roberts. Lecturer in Art & Design. Coleg y Cymoedd

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Published: 2020-04-03

Cardiff Life Drawing goes live on YouTube!

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Published: 2020-03-27

Cancelled all workshops

First of all, we hope you are all safe and well.

Today we have removed all of the workshops from our website.


Published: 2020-03-25

FREE Live YouTube Manga Drawing Class Monday 23rd March 2020

A FREE live stream manga drawing class!

Date: Monday 23rd March 2020 Time: 11am – 12noon Where: Turnip Starfish YouTube channel


Published: 2020-03-22

FREE Live YouTube Manga Drawing Class 21st March 2020

We need you to join us for our very first live stream manga drawing class!

Date: Saturday 21st March 2020

Time: 11am – 12noon

Where: Turnip Starfish YouTube channel

What you need: Pencils & paper

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Published: 2020-03-20

Cancelling all workshops on the 21st March.

Following the current guidance from the Government, we are cancelling all workshops on the 21st March. We will keep you informed of any future cancellations. We will try to inform everyone that has booked to see what they would like to do with their booking:

Since WE are cancelling you have three options:

  1. You can move your workshop booking to the next/another date.
  2. You can have a full refund.
  3. You can donate some or all of the fee paid toward Turnip Starfish. As a small company we are going to feel the financial impact over the next difficult few months. Any donation would be massively appreciated.

Thank you for booking with us and being a part of our adventure.

Kind regards and stay safe.

Team Turnip


Published: 2020-03-17

Coronavirus update

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Published: 2020-03-16

Cardiff Life Drawing has partnered with the Cardiff Animation Festival!

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Published: 2020-03-10

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Published: 2020-03-09

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Published: 2020-02-14

Easter holiday workshops 2020 - Now Live!

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Published: 2020-02-05

Studio Ghibli on Netflix

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Published: 2020-01-24

Anime on All4

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Published: 2020-01-17

Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2020

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Published: 2020-01-14

Neo Awards 2019

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It’s that time of year again guys! It’s Award time! First of all is the NEO Magazine Awards. For those who don’t know NEO Magazine is a monthly magazine published in the United Kingdom and Ireland by Uncooked Media since 2009. The magazine focuses on a variety of East Asian entertainment such as Japanese anime and manga; Hong Kong, Korean and Japanese films... MORE

Published: 2019-12-09

Lexemons anime and manga blog - Yōkai

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Published: 2019-10-25

Spooktacular workshops

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Published: 2019-10-17

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival

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Published: 2019-10-03

Cardiff Film and Comic Con is here!

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Published: 2019-09-02

It's our Birthday!

We are so proud to share the news that Turnip Starfish is officially 10 years old!

Nick Price, director and founder of Turnip Starfish said "I am so proud of the whole team that have worked so hard over the last 10 years to deliver amazing workshops, we could not have done this without you and I know that the team are even more proud of the young people that have flourished and achieved so much with our guidance over the last few years!"

To celebrate you will see some of our workshops have a discount! See it as our birthday gift to you!

It keeps getting better... we have also moved all of our Saturday classes to our exciting NEW VENUE!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY turnips everywhere!

Published: 2019-08-14

NEW weekly Life Drawing class in Cardiff!

We are really excited to announce that we are running a NEW weekly Life Drawing session in Cardiff on Tuesday evenings 7pm to 9pm. We will be looking at all aspects of figure drawing including drawing structures, anatomy, hands, feet and faces, plus explore tone, form, rhythm and markmaking. You can now book for the term or individual sessions that suit your needs... MORE

Hope to see you there!

Published: 2019-07-18

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Published: 2019-07-09

London film and comic-con July 2019!

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Published: 2019-07-08

Cardiff Life Drawing is on YouTube!

We are really excited to let you all know that we are launching our new YouTube channel for Cardiff Life Drawing.

Nick will be working on regular drawing videos to help all you avid artists! Remember to subscribe and let us know what you think of the first video on YouTube!

Watch now - HERE

Published: 2019-07-02

Are you joining us this summer?

Have you seen our amazing summer academies?

We are running animation and manga drawing during the summer holidays.

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Published: 2019-07-01

Hyper Japan Festival 2019

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Published: 2019-06-17