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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 and has her painting of Dame Jane Goodall in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery after winning Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year in 2023.


Martina has been a regular attendee of the LIFE DRAW sessions at Drawing Room since Wendy started the sessions in 2016. This coincided with her moving back to her hometown after living in London for 10 years. She explores all sides of the process also regularly stepping into the other side of the easel as a life model.


Martina facilitates a weekly UNTUTORED life drawing session in Worthing and hosts the occasional spontaneous alternative life drawing event or workshop.


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


As well as running life drawing sessions in Worthing, she also collaborated on setting up Shoreham Draw.

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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


We are delighted to welcome Helen Masacz to Drawing Room. She is a multi award-winning painter selling to collectors worldwide and has exhibited at both the National Portrait Gallery and the Mall Galleries.

Helen has a degree in Fine Art and is a post graduate in art eduction, finally completing her studies in a traditional atelier representational of art school.

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