Mushroom Works

Mushroom Works
St Lawrence Road
Ouseburn Valley
Tyne and Wear




0191 224 4011

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Building exterior

Mushroom Works is an artist-led gallery and studio space in Newcastle upon Tyne housing a diverse range of creative businesses. The converted warehouse has 12 individual studios and is located in the Ouseburn Valley, a hotspot for creative talent and industry in the city.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Please contact gallery for details on opening times and events

Admission charges

Free Entry

Additional info

Studios, gallery, parking, wheelchair accessible

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Tutored Life Drawing - Beginners

  • 23 February — 30 March 2015 *on now

Monday evenings from 23 February.

The course will be covering the approach to drawing rather than method or technique. Every artist has his/her own style and if left alone will usually approach drawing in the same 'safe' or default mode.

This course is about shaking that mode up - inspiring a new angle of attack. This 'back to foundation' approach can be both liberating and insightful. Breaking free of your normal style and experimenting leads to some interesting results which may inform your artistic development, but above all is extremely fun.

WEEK 1 - Breaking the mould, line work.
WEEK 2 - Tone studies, shadows and highligths
WEEK 3 - Blocks, Cones and Spheres, understanding form
WEEK 4 - NO Rubbers! working 'with' your mistakes
WEEK 5 - Bringing it all together
WEEK 6 - Grand Finale - Single drawing (2hour)

All life drawing classes are suitable for beginners and those with some experience. Maximum 10 people

What to bring - nothing! All materials and equipment are supplied, you even get free drawing paper!

To book a place or for more info email us at or telephone 0191 224 4011

Suitable for


6 weeks - £60 per course


Tutored Life Drawing - Intermediate

  • 24 February — 31 March 2015 *on now

Tuesday evenings from 24th February 2015.

This Intermediate class is ideal of keen beginngers or those who have atended the Introductory class with new exercises, new materials and a greater lean towards anatomical understanding.

The main focus is learning to understand what we are actually seeing when we observe the model and advancing the drawing process with that knowledge.

WEEK 1: LANDMARKS - Working with landmark points on the body.
WEEK 2: PERSPECTIVE - The figure in space. Handling foreshortening problems.
WEEK 3: PLANES - Surface planes and shadow edges
WEEK 4: DRAPERY - Folds and creases.
WEEK 5: BRUSH & INK - Line and Wash techniques
WEEK 6: FINAL DRAWING - Two Hour pose

All life drawing classes are suitable for those with some experience or have completed our Tutored Life Drawing Class. Maximum 8 people

What to bring - nothing! All materials and equipment are supplied, Just turn up!

Suitable for


6 weeks - £60 per course


An introduction to figurative sculpting

  • 25 February — 1 April 2015 *on now

Wednesday evenings from 25th February 2015

An introduction to figurative sculpting is a fully tutored weekly class, which will take you through the basics of sculpting from a life model. Starting right at the beginning this six week course is ideal for those with little or no experience of sculpting from life. The course is lead by a professional sculptor and each week you will receive a handout of notes to accompany the lesson.

Introduction to wax, tools & equipment required
Taster sculpt: Nose / Lips / Ear / Eye.

Armature construction. Setting up base and armature. Scale.

The model. Choosing a pose.
Blocking in the pose. Proportion and gesture. Balance. Gravity.

The sculpt - building up and refining.
Anatomy. Shape vs Form vs Detail. Landmarks. Muscles.

Finishing off/detailing. What next? Notes on Moulding & Casting.

All Equipment and materials provided.

Suitable for


6 weeks - £75 per course


Just Life Drawing

  • 26 February — 2 April 2015 *on now

Join us at the Mushroom Works for our weekly life drawing class. This is an untutored group where you just turn up and draw the model under your own steam and in your own way.

What to bring - everything! All of your own materials. Drawing boards and biscuits are provided.

Suitable for


6 weeks - £40 per course