Northlight Arts Centre: A Life Drawing Class

We welcome another new writer to our team – Ghazal Felan – who was delighted to be asked to review Boris Cruse’s Life Drawing Class on Tuesday evening.

In the world of art, drawing serves as a gateway to boundless creativity and self-expression. It’s a timeless practice that transcends language barriers, allowing individuals to communicate their thoughts, emotions, and perspectives through the stroke of a pencil or the sweep of a charcoal stick. But drawing is more than just putting lines on paper; it’s a transformative experience that can have a profound effect on those who engage in it.

There’s something inherently therapeutic about the act of drawing. As the mind focuses on capturing the world around us in its simplest form, the stresses and worries of everyday life seem to fade into the background, replaced by a sense of calm and clarity. It’s a form of meditation in motion, a way to quiet the noise of the world and reconnect with oneself on a deeper level.

Nestled within the vibrant community of North Leeds lies the Northlight Arts Centre, a haven for artists and enthusiasts alike.

Stepping into its welcoming embrace, one is immediately struck by the cozy yet lively atmosphere that permeates the space. It’s a place where creativity knows no bounds and where individuals of all backgrounds come together to embark on a shared artistic journey.

One of the Centre’s standout features is its charming coffee space, where visitors can sip on a warm beverage and take a moment to relax before diving into their artistic endeavours. It sets the perfect tone for what promises to be an inspiring experience.

The accessibility of materials at the Northlight Arts Centre is truly impressive. With a wide range of options available, from textured paper to graphite and charcoal, learners are afforded the freedom and opportunity to explore new techniques and mediums. It’s a testament to the Centre’s commitment to providing a nurturing environment where creativity can thrive.

At the heart of the Northlight Arts Centre’s offerings is the exceptional quality of teaching, exemplified by expert instructor, Boris Cruse. Throughout the class, Boris’s unwavering focus and dedication to his students’ progress are evident. His method of reviewing past sessions by showcasing drawings on screen before delving into new lessons demonstrates his commitment to continuous improvement and growth.

What truly sets Boris apart is his approach to teaching. Rather than editing or altering his students’ work, he takes the time to create separate drawings to address questions and provide guidance. It’s a testament to his dedication to fostering independent thinking and artistic expression. Also, The interactive nature of the class, with frequent opportunities for questions and feedback, ensures active engagement and support throughout the session.

The class’s mid-session break serves as a welcomed opportunity to recharge and reflect on the progress made. As participants gather to enjoy a refreshing drink and take in the surroundings, there’s a palpable sense of camaraderie and support that permeates the room. It’s a reminder that the journey of artistic exploration is as much about the connections we forge as it is about the creations we produce.

Furthermore, Northlight Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of art classes, workshops and exhibitions, all accessible through their website at

By subscribing to their newsletter, you can stay informed about upcoming events and workshops, as well as receive special offers. It’s a fantastic way to stay connected with this vibrant artistic community and continue your creative exploration.

The life drawing class at Northlight Arts Centre, under the guidance of Boris Cruse, offers a truly enriching experience for artists of all levels. As both an art teacher and a participant, I found the drawing class very useful. Whether you’re a curious beginner or someone seeking to refine your skills, this class provides the perfect opportunity to unleash your creativity and embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Main image by Boris Cruse.
Unless otherwise captioned, photography is by Ghazal Felan.

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