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Wendy Barratt set up Drawing Room in April 2016 for purely selfish reasons! Regular, weekly untutored Life Drawing in the evenings in Worthing were non-existent which meant trips to Brighton where you could draw from a life model almost any time of the day or night, and day of the week. 


Since Drawing Room started, she has been running life draw sessions as well as special life drawing events... Worthing wants to draw!!! HOORAY!!!!

Wendy has been working as a drawing and painting tutor in her spare time since 1997. Her first teaching jobs were adult and teenager evening courses in Montpellier, France. Returning to the UK in 2000, she taught at Evolution Arts and Draw Brighton and more recently has run special life drawing events at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. 

After over 35 years working as a Graphic Designer, Wendy is now a full-time artist and portrait painter. She has had work accepted into the Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition as well as becoming the winner of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year in 2023.

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In Spring 2023 we were really pleased to welcome Martina Ziewe to Drawing Room to facilitate a regular UNTUTORED life drawing session in Worthing. She is also planning several experimental drawing events throughout the year including being integral in the production of the Drawing Room special events.

Martina has been a regular attendee of the LIFE DRAW sessions at Drawing Room and also regularly stepped into the other side of the easel as a life model.


Martina graduated with a Fine Art degree (Kingston University) in 2005. Ever since, she has been a practising Artist and life model and holds community yoga & meditation classes locally. 

As well as running untutored life drawing sessions in Worthing, she also set up Shoreham Draw with Artist Cath Whiteoak.  

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Cecilia Lewis is a qualified teacher and since retiring from the classroom has been a regular attendee and facilitator at The Drawing Room developing her skills and techniques for drawing and painting the life model.

She is a local artist and has taken part in local competitions and exhibitions (including being a finalist in Worthings own Portrait Artist of the Year in 2022) spending much of her time supporting other artists, local galleries and getting involved in the ever evolving art community here in Worthing.


She fundamentally believes that learning is a lifelong activity and that learning to draw improves not only ability but also contributes to a person's well being.

Cecilia now runs a tutored LIFE DRAW course aimed at all abilities

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