Life drawing. Where should I go?

Yesterday, for the first time, I went to the Arthouse Hotel , and very much enjoyed having a go, again, at drawing, in a life drawing situation.

It was quite different from my previous experiences.
That had been in 1969-1971, at the Art Teachers Conversion Course, run by the Department of Education, in the old East Sydney Technical College.

Being able to have a drink and listening to the kind of music that I tend to have on when I’m painting, was quite different from painting in the buildings which now have the name: The National Art School. (I have not been there,again, since, end of 1971)

Turns out that there are many short poses. (I guess they were three minutes each?)
I have often done that excercise with my pupils but then they kept their clothes on! I.e., the quick one-minute sketch to practise getting the basics.
However, yesterday I would have liked it if there had been say, quick sketches the first hour and then full-time poses (Say two.) the second hour.
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Nevertheless it was a very pleasant way to get back into drawing. Great atmosphere. Truly very relaxed.
As I bought the paper and pencils in my favourite art shop, I was warned that you’d have to be quick to MAKE sure that you have a good view.
Mine wasn’t always ideal.
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I also like to feel my way around the shape on the paper and find the right lines more slowly.
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So!!!!!!!!!!
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Can you advise?
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I’d like to do more drawing. Somewhere where I get the time to build up the drawing.
I have spent 2.5 years doing oil painting at Hazelhurst. I’ve only stopped because the teacher left and I’d had my first exhibition and that felt like a climax.
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I like the atmosphere, at Hazelhurst. It’s also convenient to drive to.
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My exhibition was at the Tap Gallery. I know there’s life drawing there too and would not mind taking the train there.
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I know there are other classes in the shire and / or closer to where I live, in south-western Sydney.
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Can anyone advise?

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