Art Courses

 

 

Adult Art Courses – Autumn and Winter Terms


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.


Art Classes – August Onwards

LIFE DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS with Flora Menager

Participants will learn a variety of drawing techniques related to the figure. This life drawing course aims to help beginner participants build confidence by providing the tools to understanding how to draw the figure.
Structured course with exercises, tips and tailored guidance.

• Setting out techniques: composition
• Proportions of the body
• Charcoal techniques
• Exploring quality of line and mark making
• Lights and darks – creating 3 dimensional value

Saturdays
10th November – 24th November (3 weeks)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: £66
BOOK HERE!


DRAWING TECHNIQUES: PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS with Flora Menager

In this class, students will learn drawing techniques to represent things, places and people (in this order). This in-studio course is ideally suited for beginners looking to improve their drawing skills. 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.

The course covers:
• Setting out techniques and composition
• Exploring quality of line and mark making;
• Proportions
• Perspective
• Adding value, lights and darks
• Using colour

Saturdays
10th November – 24th November (3 weeks)
1.30pm – 4.00pm
Cost: £54
BOOK HERE!


 

START YOUR OWN SKETCHBOOK ADVENTURE
with Colette Cameron 
Fun, fast and quirky sketching and doodling exercises to get you started on your own sketchbook.
Join tutor Colette Cameron for an enjoyable relaxed course bursting with ideas and inspiration to spark your imagination and let you catch the sketching bug.

Learning freeing-up activities such as doodling and quick draw exercises
Looking at observational drawing and how to improve these skills
How to use sketchbooks for exploring ideas
Explore the wide range of uses for a sketchbook, and finding your own approach
Making your own mini sketchbooks

Free sketchbook for each participant. Suitable for all abilities.

Mondays
12th November – 17th December
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
£78
BOOK HERE!


ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS: WATERCOLOUR PAINTING
PART 1 with Flora Menager
This fun introductory is suitable for anyone looking to take their first steps in painting. No need to have picked up a brush before! Participants will have the opportunity to experiment in this step by step course, covering:

 

-Setting out
-Composition
-Colour theory
-Colour washes
-Textures

Mondays
17th September – 22nd October (6 weeks)
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: £105
BOOK HERE

Fridays
5th October – 9th November (5 weeks, no class on 2nd November)
10:00am – 12.30pm
Cost: £88
BOOK HERE


ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS: WATERCOLOUR PAINTING
PART 2 with Flora Menager
Participants will complete one painting per class using a variety of inspiration sources while learning strategies to creating visually stimulating watercolour paintings.  Each class will focus 2on an aspect of watercolour technique:

  • Creating a unified painting
  • Developing your focal point
  • Using colour to create depth
  • Transitions and layering of colour
  • Creating interesting value patterns and shapes

Mondays
5th November – 17th December (7 weeks)
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: £123
BOOK HERE

Fridays
16th November – 14th December (5 Weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
Cost £88
BOOK HERE


WATERCOLOUR AND MIXED MEDIA: ART CLUB 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.

Fridays
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
21st September – 26th October
Cost: £84
BOOK HERE!


 

LEARNING TO DRAW With Colette Cameron
Anyone can learn to draw. This course will cover the 5 basic skills needed to draw successfully.
They are;
– seeing and drawing edges
– seeing and drawing spaces
– seeing and drawing perspective and proportion
– seeing and drawing lights and shadows
– seeing and drawing the whole (gestalt)
Once we begin to learn to draw the essential nature of the object, and our natural personal style also appears, like magic.
This encouraging and rewarding course is so successful that Colette offers a money back guarantee to anyone who doesn’t feel that they have learnt to draw by the end of the course – so why not give it a go?
(Image: Self portraits by a participant, before and after the course)

New dates coming soon.


 

HOW TO PAINT LANDSCAPES With Mark Beachell
This course will teach you new ways of making art. 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.

A particular emphasis will be placed on how the techniques of these great painters can be used to evoke the stunning landscapes around Sheffield.

Focusing on using acrylics, but also introducing pastel, gouache, watercolour and tempera 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 from beginners level – repeatable course 

“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
25th September – 23rd October (5 sessions)
6.30 – 8.30pm
£65
BOOK HERE


drawing techniques floraDRAWING TECHNIQUES  with Flora Menager
Join us for this 5-week course covering the most basic element of any artwork, drawing techniques.  We will use our environment to discover the many tips and tricks you can use to develop a unique and accomplished drawing style.

 

Participants will learn drawing techniques to better describe the world around them through a variety of media; charcoal, pencil, pastel, coloured pencil etc.  The course will cover:

  • Setting out techniques and composition
  • Exploring quality of line and mark making
  • Perspective
  • Adding value; lights and darks
  • Using colour

“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”

Suitable from beginners to intermediate students looking to improve or refresh their drawing skills.

Tuesdays
25th September – 23rd October (5 weeks)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£70
BOOK HERE


life catherineLIFE DRAWING
Our life drawing class gives participants an ideal opportunity to practice drawing from a model in a friendly an supportive environment. Paper and basic materials are provided.  Suitable for all abilities.

Wednesdays
7th November – 19th December 
10:00 am – 12.30 pm
£123
BOOK HERE!

(Image: Students work)


ART CLUB with Flora Menager
Art –  Inspiration –  Friends & Community – Guidance – Creation 
Art Club is a great opportunity to develop your artistry in a social, inclusive and relaxed environment. The sessions provide the perfect balance between taught learning and freedom to develop skills in any medium of your choice with guidance and support from Flora. A variety of drawing and painting materials will be available for use including: watercolour, gouache, pen and pencils, charcoal, pastels, acrylic, oils, inks.

Suitable for all levels of ability and experience from beginners, come to all or choose your dates!

Wednesday
6.30 – 8.30 pm
19th September – 24th October
£60 (discounted price for block booking)
BOOK HERE

Book Individual Sessions Here.


Copyright Marcin Szuba

BEGINNERS OIL PAINTING with Marcin Szuba
In this short course you will learn to create portrait paintings in oils.
Working directly from a model you will create sketches focusing on composition and proportions then use these to inspire your oil painting. During sessions, you will develop various painting skills and create a finished painting.
Plenty of one to one guidance.
This course is suitable for complete beginners, and also for those who have previously attended life drawing classes at The Art House or elsewhere and feel ready to develop their drawings into oil paintings.
All materials are provided.
Please bring old clothes to paint in.

Wednesdays
6:00 – 8.30 pm
3rd October – 24th October (4 weeks)
£70
BOOK HERE


THE ART OF WATERCOLOUR with John Kerr
We have late afternoon (‘off-peak’) or an early evening sessions for this popular course.  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 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.

‘John mixes encouragement and praise with enough constructive criticism to really encourage you to try to improve. ‘ 

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

Thursdays (Off-Peak)
4:00pm – 6:00 pm
20th September – 25th October 2018 (6 weeks)
£66
BOOK HERE

Thursdays 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
20th September – 25th October 2018 (6 weeks)
£84
BOOK HERE


DRAWING FOR THE TERRIFIED with Anna Massey  
This course is for complete beginners and those who feel unconfident in their drawing skills.
We will start with the very basics and work, step by step, to gradually build up skills using a variety of media and techniques, including:

• Techniques to see and draw accurately
• Rules of perspective
• Expressive mark making
• Use of tone to convey light and form
• Techniques in pencil, ink and charcoal

Mondays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
17th September – 22nd October (6 weeks)
£84
BOOK HERE!


DRAWING FOR THE TERRIFIED Part 2 with Anna Massey  

This is a part 2 drawing course for those who have done  Drawing for the Terrified Part 1.
We will continue to look at basic drawing techniques and improve on skills previously learnt such as accurate observational drawing, proportions and shading. Exciting new subject matter and materials will also be introduced including creating your own mark making tools, using charcoal and chalk on tinted paper and learning about drawing the human head!

Mondays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
5th November – 10th December (6 weeks)
£84
BOOK HERE!


BEYOND FIRST IMPRESSIONS with Janice Speddings 
If you want to know a Caravaggio from a Cassatt or a Rossetti from a Rubens; if you have ever felt out of your comfort zone when you visit an art gallery; if you would like to learn how to ‘read’ a painting; if you would like to know more about the lives and times of some famous artists… This is the course for you!

Click here to express interest in this course. 

 


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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