Art Courses

 

Adult Art Courses – starting in June 2019


Details of our regular classes are shown below.  Please note we also offer we offer a developing programme of weekend and one-off workshops – follow this link to go to our “Art Workshops” page – click here.

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.


START YOUR OWN SKETCHBOOK ADVENTURE
with Colette Cameron
Fun, fast and quirky sketching and doodling, and more detailed sketching exercises.
– inspirational creative activities which help you explore materials, techniques and different styles
– discover how sketchbook work can free you up to approach creative activity with ease and playfulness
– make mini-sketchbooks
– develop a love of drawing and sketching that continues beyond the course
– free sketchbook
– suitable for all abilities

Mondays
3rd June – 15th July 2019 (6 weeks – with a break on 17th June)
3.30 pm – 5.30 pm
£78
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WATERCOLOURS FOR THE TERRIFIED with Anna Massey
This introduction to watercolours is suitable for complete beginners or those who would like to learn from scratch. We will start with basic techniques in the form of sample sheets and move on to creating several step by step pieces including a watercolour landscape:

  • Create samples of washes, glazes and other techniques
  • Learn colour mixing and create a colour wheel
  • Use household items to create textures and highlights
  • Create finished watercolour pieces

 

All materials provided but higher quality watercolour paper is available to purchase from the tutor for £5 for the whole course (recommended)

Mondays
3rd June – 8th July 2019 (6 weeks)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
£90
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LEARNING TO DRAW With Colette Cameron
Anyone can learn to draw! By the end of this course you will have learnt to draw, and what’s more you will be able to draw with confidence, and be inspired to have a go at any subject including portraits.

 

“I can draw now! An excellent course that really works”
“I have achieved so much more than I ever expected from this course. Colette’s an excellent teacher bringing the best out of all the class”
“Wonderful, solid teaching”

Mondays
3rd June – 22nd July 2019 (7 weeks, break on 17th June)
6:30 – 8:30 pm
£98
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EXPLORING THEMES AND TECHNIQUES – WATERCOLOUR
with Flora Menager
This course teaches watercolour techniques through four classic themes: Fruits and Vegetables, Insects and Flowers, People in Landscapes, and Birds. Each theme is spread over two sessions, at the end of which you will have completed a series of drawn and painted studies and a single painting all in a relaxed setting with guidance along the way.

All the paintings will be inspired from photographs provided for you. If you have specific images related to the themes that you’d like to paint from bring them along to the sessions.

Suitable from beginners.

Mondays
3rd June – 22nd July 2019 (8 weeks)
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (longer 2.5 hour classes)
£140
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Fridays
7th June – 19th July (7 weeks)
10.00 am – 12.30 pm  (longer 2.5 hour classes)
£123
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ART FOR LUNCH with Mark Beachell
A series of informal and engaging talks around art. Starting with an illustrated talk, each session will open out into a discussion around the topic. Whether you are a curious newcomer to the art world, an experienced gallery goer or a creative person looking for a stimulating environment these sessions will be for you.

We will not be taking a dry art history approach to the art world, but rather taking a theme which opens a window into not just painting and sculpture but architecture, the decorative arts and a wider take on creative thinking.  Some of the sessions have a quirky angle on art so even if you know where you stand on art, you might just find yourself nudged somewhere else.

A perfectly placed class to work up an appetite for lunch in our café the Tea Studio!

(Image: Botticelli’s Primavera)

Tuesdays
11th June – 16th July (6 weeks)
10.00 am – 12.30 pm
£85
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BEGINNERS DRAWING TECHNIQUES with Flora Menager
In this course, you will gain the knowledge and confidence to be a better artist in a fun and relaxing environment.  Suitable from beginners to intermediate students looking to improve or refresh their drawing skills

“This course was so relaxing, it was nice to carry out an activity with no pressure. I really enjoyed working with different materials, which were all explained in a clear and fun way. I learned a lot”

This course will cover:

  • Setting out techniques and composition
  • Exploring quality of line and mark making
  • Perspective
  • Adding value: light and dark
  • Using colour

Tuesdays
4th June – 23rd July (8 weeks)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£104    
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ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS: ACRYLIC PAINTING ‘SEASONAL LANDSCAPES’ with Mark Beachell
Mark will lead you through the techniques of artists such as Turner, David Hockney, the Impressionists and lesser known but local artists such as Stanley Royle.

Focusing on using acrylics you will be shown how the masters worked and how to interpret these techniques into a style all of your own.  All materials are supplied and you will be given stage by stage painting instruction each session. This course is repeatable as each term will cover different artists, subject matter and media.  Suitable for beginners and onwards.

“Mark is very informative on both a “how to” level and an “art history” level. The sessions were very productive and I hope they’ll be a springboard to doing more stuff at home.”

Tuesdays
4th June – 16th July 2019 (7 weeks)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£98
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LIFE DRAWING with Flora Menager and John Kerr
Our life drawing class gives participants an ideal opportunity to practice drawing from a model in a friendly an supportive environment. All materials are provided.  Suitable for all abilities

Wednesdays
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
5th June – 24th July (8 weeks)
£140
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DIGITAL CAMERA CLUB with Paula Kirby
Want to get the best out of your camera but don’t know how? Then this course is for you. This six-week course is a fun mixture of theory and practice resulting in a better understanding of your camera. It will be taught through a combination of video, PowerPoint, text, discussion and lots of practical activities. By the end of the course you will be producing stunning images.

Students will need to bring a digital camera along of any kind. There will be practical suggestions for practice between sessions.  Suitable for beginners.

Wednesdays
5th June – 10th July 2019 (6 weeks)
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
£75
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LIFE DRAWING with Flora Menager
Our life drawing class gives participants an ideal opportunity to practice drawing from a model in a friendly an supportive environment. All materials are provided.  Suitable for all abilities

Wednesdays
4.00 pm – 6.00 pm
19th June – 24th July (6 weeks)
£90

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CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION with Carl Flint
This fun and accessible course is suitable for beginners and intermediate levels. The areas covered include:
– Character design
– Ideas development through roughs and sketches
– Illustrating a short text
– Free sketchbook
– Students will be encouraged to work in their own style

Wednesdays
5th June – July 10th (6 weeks)
6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
£105
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ART CLUB: WATERCOLOUR AND MIXED MEDIA with Flora Menager
Art Club is a great balance between structured learning and the freedom to work on personal art projects.  The Club serves as the perfect next step for students of Flora’s beginner watercolour courses, but anyone with previous watercolour experience is welcome!

Techniques and important concepts in art are discussed and demonstrated at the beginning of each session, with a focus on the inclusion of mixed media techniques with watercolour.  This is followed by time to paint in a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere.  Inspiration images will be available, and Flora will provide guidance as you paint.

Wednesdays
5th June – 24th July 2019 (8 weeks)
6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
£130
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Fridays
7th June – 12th July 2019 (6 weeks)
1.30 pm – 3.30 pm
£95
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THE ART OF WATERCOLOUR with John Kerr
We have late afternoon (‘off-peak’) or an early evening sessions for this popular course, taught by John Kerr and Colette Cameron.

The Art of Watercolour is a course for all abilities, for the beginner or those with some experience who are looking to develop their skills and technique further.  Over the course John and Colette will introduce you to the fascinating world of watercolours, including: an introduction to the materials, techniques, colour, drawing and perspective, whilst each week there will be range of  different subject matter including still life and landscape.

‘Thoroughly enjoyed the course and have improved in ability and confidence. Will definitely be continuing’

Thursdays (Off-Peak)
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
6th June – 18th July (8 weeks)
£96
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Thursdays 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
6th June – 18th July (8 weeks)
£112
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INTERIOR DESIGN with Mark Beachell
This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to approach any interior design project with confidence.

You will understand approaches to design including a knowledge of:

  • Period styles and how and when to use them.
  • How to make colour work in any situation.
  • How to make the most of a space.
  • How to get your designs across to others.

Most sessions will start with a short talk followed by a practical session where you will put theory into practice. In short, this course will teach you to be an interior designer.

Thursdays
13th June – 17th July
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£84
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MOSAICS with Diana Storey
This is a relaxed, therapeutic class where you can create a beautiful mosaic of your own design.
Working on a 10″ x 10″ board, we will use a wide range of materials including tiles, glass, mirrors, ceramics and jewellery.

You will be shown how to work with mosaic cutting tools, tile nippers and glass cutters and when finished, you will then grout your mosaic with a choice of coloured grouts.

Diana Storey is a mosaic artist with over 20 years experience of making colourful, textural mosaics.

Fridays
21st June – 19th July (5 weeks)
4.00 – 6.00 pm
£80     
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DRAWING TECHNIQUES: PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS . Flora Menager
Drawing is a fundamental skill in art, whether you are an absolute beginner or looking to refresh your skills and improve your painting this course works as a crash course, covering a variety of techniques to help you see and depict all types of subject matter.
• Setting out techniques and composition
• Exploring quality of line and mark making;
• Proportions and perspective
• Adding value, lights and darks
• Using colour

 

Saturdays 22nd June – 6th July (3 weeks)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
£54
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ACRYLIC TECHNIQUES:  PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS with Flora Menager
Students will learn a variety of acrylic painting techniques to represent things, people and places. The class is divided into taught elements and guided supervision to allow you to complete paintings using these techniques:

  • Setting out and choosing your composition
  • Mapping light and dark values
  • Mark making
  • Colour theory
  • Wet-in-wet technique
  • Texture and layering

Saturdays 22nd June – 6th July (3 weeks)
1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
£65
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CREATIVE WRITING with Rob Smith
Taking inspiration from everything and anything, this friendly, and relaxed course makes creative writing accessible to everyone.  So, if you want to dip your toe in the water, want to develop your interest in creative writing, need help with work in progress, or  just looking for like minded people  then this is the course for you.

Join us, before you know it, you’ll be a poet!!

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Adult Art Courses – starting in July 2019


PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS:  FISH & NAUTICAL THINGS with Flora Menager
This introductory painting course is suitable for anyone looking to take their first steps in acrylic and oil painting. Using seascapes, fish and marine life as inspiration participants will explore drawing and painting techniques in acrylic and oil glazing. (Image from previous student’s work)

This course is suitable for absolute beginners and intermediate levels and will cover:

  • Setting out; Composition; Using acrylics as ground colour
  • Drawing techniques; Using line and value
  • Acrylic and oil glazing painting techniques: how and when to use them
  • Blending, texture, direct painting and glazing
  • Colour theory

Tuesdays
30th July – 27th August 2019 (6 sessions)
6:00 – 8.30 pm
£105
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FINDING YOUR VOICE: EXPRESSIVE FIGURE DRAWING & PAINTING with Flora Menager
Participants will be taught a variety of drawing and painting techniques with the aim to represent the figure in an expressive and individualistic manner. This class is ideal for students who are interested in improving these skills and who want to get a taste in using colour, texture and value in a variety of drawing and painting media. All skill levels are welcome to this class and guidance will be given at all stages.

Media used throughout the course: Charcoal and Charcoal Powder, Coloured Pastels, Acrylic Washes, Black Ink and White Acrylic, Coloured Inks

Wednesdays
6:00 – 8.30 pm
31st July –  28th August 2019 (6 weeks)
£105
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SUMMER SCHOOLS FOR ADULTS (JULY/AUGUST 2019)


FIGURATIVE WATERCOLOURS with John Kerr
A three day summer school with John that will allow you an opportunity to explore the use of watercolours and capturing the human form.  Bring your own materials or use what we provide. Suitable for the beginner or more advanced students:

Day 1 – Self-portraiture – Discover the thrill of drawing and painting the one person who has the time and patience to pose for as long as you want them to.  Delve beneath the surface of your skin and find out just who you are.

Day 2 – Draw or paint from a selection of willing sitters. Discover the joy of capturing a likeness using a variety of different media.  A full day in which to create paintings / drawings in this captivating genre.

Day 3 – A full day with a life model. Long enough to finish a painting, help and guidance given from initial drawing to final high lights.

Monday 29th July – Wednesday 31st July 2019 (3 days)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
£120
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EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING SUMMER SCHOOL with Colette Cameron
Four whole days to immerse yourself in a range of experimental drawing techniques and approaches. The emphasis will be on finding ways to loosen up and try new ideas, which can lead to more time in creative play, which inspires your natural curiosity, and develops new ways to draw.

Materials include charcoal, ink, paint and graphite.
Suitable for anyone who wants to explore and learn including beginners and those with more experience.

‘Love Colette’s style of teaching; encouraging and inspiring’

Tuesday 30th July – Friday 2nd August 2019 (4 days)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
£145
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SKETCHBOOK SUMMER SCHOOL with Colette Cameron
(Including outdoor sketching in The Botanical Gardens)
Learn the art of keeping a sketchbook and see the world with new eyes during this exciting 4 day summer school. Day 1 included exploring materials and approaches. Days 2 and 3 will be based in the Botanical Gardens with inspiring activities to help you get the most from your sketchbook. Day 4 will be back at the Art House taking the sketches further and exploring ways to progress.

The focus is on creating lively, expressive sketches, exploring different subjects (rather than precise botanical illustrations) from capturing a moment in time to exploring a fascinating detail. Make your sketchbook your own.

Suitable for beginners and the more advanced students.

Tuesday 13th August – Friday 16th August 2019 (4 days)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
£145
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MOSAICS SUMMER SCHOOL with Diana Storey
Join Mosaic Artist Diana Storey for an uplifting 3-day mosaic summer school/workshop in August to explore your creativity through the art of mosaic.  A selection of bases for mosaic projects in various shapes and sizes will be provided.  A wide variety of colourful mosaic materials will be available

You will learn:

  • Colour combining and design direction
  • Use of mosaic tools including tile nippers and glass cutters
  • Mosaic setting with glass, ceramic, and mirror
  • Grouting with tinted grout.

Each student will work on their own project with one to one guidance, and take home a mosaic masterpiece!

Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th August 2019 (3 days)
10:00 – 3:30 pm
£135
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PORTRAITURE:  DRAWING & PAINTING TECHNIQUES with Flora Menager  
Using mixed media (charcoal, pastel, acrylic,) participants will learn experimental portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better draw and paint people through the practice of self-portraiture.

This course is suitable for absolute beginners.  You will learn:

  • Proportions of the head
  • Using line and value to create form
  • Methods and techniques – learning to see
  • Charcoal, pastel & acrylic painting techniques 

Syllabus: Drawing Techniques (Day 1), Colour Pastel Techniques (Day 2), Acrylic Painting Techniques (Day 3).

Monday 19th August – Wednesday 21st August 2019 (3 days)
10:00 – 3.30 pm
£120
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ACRYLIC TECHNIQUES FOR BEGINNERS:  PAINTING FROM A PHOTOGRAPH with Flora Menager
Participants will learn acrylic techniques by painting from a photograph of their choosing or from a variety of inspiration images available on the day. This is the perfect opportunity to capture in paint your favourite photograph and learn some the basics of acrylic painting! This class is suitable for all levels, including beginners.

If you would like to paint from your own inspiration image please bring the image with you on the day (the image above is a student’s work from a previous course).  The syllabus:

  • Setting out; Composition and transcribing your image
  • Mapping light and dark values
  • Acrylic characteristics and how to use them
  • Brushwork and blending
  • Colour theory

Thursday 22nd – Friday 23rd August 2019 (2 days)
10:00 – 3.30 pm
£80
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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 you must do so at least 14 days before the course 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 less than 14 days before your course starts, you will only receive a refund of 50% course fee (or 50% of the fee value to transfer to an alternative course).  If you require a refund we will charge £15 administrative fee or you can transfer your booking to another course free of charge.

After a course begins we do not offer any refund unless in exceptional circumstances. 

If we have to cancel a course for any reason, then you will receive a full refund with no administrative fee deducted.

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