Art Workshops


Art Workshops for Adults

How to book your course:   To book and pay please click on the preferred course link below – if you have a gift voucher please see bottom of page for further instructions. By booking on a course you are confirming that you have read and agree to our payment terms and conditions, cancellation, refunds and privacy policy set out at the bottom of the page.

Autumn term (September 2017 onwards)

BATIK ART FOR BEGINNERS with Joanna Mathewson

Would you like to learn how to create a Batik textile?  Come along to these workshops every second Friday to play with colour and fabric, making marks, patterns and designs using the ancient textile art of Batik. Apply hot wax onto cotton fabric with a “tjanting” or brush then add a rainbow of colour with cold water fibre reactive dyes. These classes are designed for absolute beginners and those with some experience.


6.00 – 8.00 p.m.
Cost: £15
13th October – BOOK HERE 
27th October – BOOK HERE 
10th November – BOOK HERE 
24 November – BOOK HERE 
8th December – BOOK HERE 

Gesture drawing from reference

Tim is running a five week course on drawing but these sessions can also be booked as individual sessions.  Please book early!

Wednesdays 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Cost:  £13 per session

Gesture Drawing from Reference
A fun and freeing way to understand the human figure through the art of sketching.  
Wednesday 20th September 2017


Drawing animalsDrawing Animals

Using reference explore ways to not only draw animals, but to capture their character!
Wednesday 27th September


Gesture drawing from lifeGesture Drawing from Life
Make studies from a clothed live model, practicing capturing movement through the use of quick studies.
Wednesday 4th October


Creating a sceneCreating a Scene
Looking at using a combination of reference and imagination to draw an environment.
Wednesday 11th October

Character Design

Character Design
Create your own unique and humorous characters using time tested and proven methods!
Wednesday 18th October


PORTRAITURE with Catherine Hutchinson

This workshop will have a live model.  Further details and booking information to follow soon.

10.00 am – 3.00 pm

11th November 2017
Cost:  £30


LIFE DRAWING DAY with Catherine Hutchinson
The workshop comprises shorter warm-up poses, followed by one long pose which will enable you to produce a considered drawing or painting.  Basic skills covered e.g. measuring and proportion, tone, composition etc.  Catherine will provide significant input to ensure you find the day both rewarding and enjoyable!

10.00 am – 3.00 pm

14th October 2017
Cost: £30

9th December 2017
Cost: £30


On this one day workshop we will explore using a mix of water based media including brusho, inks, neo-colours and pens to create experimental still life pieces. There will be short demonstrations, studio based exercises and time to explore how to bring your own expression to your own work.
The day will be an enjoyable way to experiment with colour and mixed media and will be a condensed version of Anna’s recently ran summer school.

All materials are provided, although you may want to bring your own sketchbook to make notes etc.

Friday 3rd November 2017
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: £45

This is a one off workshop, suitable for beginners and improvers, is based around a still life subject and encourages observation of line, shape and colour.

We will be looking at the work of painters including Eduard Vuillard, Henri Matisse, and Beatriz Milhazes. You will be given lots of one to one guidance from Marcin to create your own interpretation of the subject.

All materials are provided.  Please bring old clothes to paint in.

Saturday 4th November 2017
10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
Cost:  £35

Payments: All courses or workshops must be fully paid in advance and all major cheques, cash and credit/debit cards are acceptable methods of payment. To pay by cheque please click here to download a booking form and send back with a cheque made payable to “St Matthews House Ltd”.  You can also drop in Monday – Friday from 11am – 3pm to pay in person.

If you have an Art House gift voucher please follow the instructions below:
• Pay the full price of the course online.
• Email us prior to the course date to tell us you have used a voucher.
• Bring the voucher with you on the day to receive your cash back.

Cancellation and refunds: If you wish to cancel your place on a course or workshop you must do so at least 14 days before the course or workshop starts in order to receive a full refund. Cancellation must be made in writing or email. If you require a refund we will charge £15 administrative fee.  Alternatively you may transfer your booking to another course free of charge.

If you cancel your place within 14 days of commencement of the course or workshop you will only receive a refund of 50% course fee (or 50% of the fee value to transfer to an alternative course).  If we are forced to cancel a course then you will receive a full refund with no administrative fee deducted.

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