This summer I treated myself to a weekly painting class with Damian Callan and to a week's summer school of 'drawing and painting the working model'. If anyone is looking for a great teacher, I can only recommend Damian, whose work I have loved for a long time. (http://damiancallan.weebly.com/)
Damian took us to a port, a farm and a coal mine where we had a chance to draw and paint models in these archetypal settings and poses. Not being one for working outside much, drawing in the drizzle was a bit of a new experience, but all in all a great week!
Here are some photos and sketches. (The oil paintings were left in the studio to dry and I have not picked them up yet.)