Art Courses

 

Adult Art Courses – Winter Term (January 2019 onward)


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 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.

 

  • 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
7th January – 11th February 2019 (6 weeks)
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
£78
BOOK HERE!

Mondays
25th February – 25th March 2019 (5 weeks)
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
£65
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FISH AND 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. This course is suitable for absolute beginners and intermediate levels.

 

Mondays 
25th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
£88
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Fridays 
1st March – 29th March (5 weeks)
10:00 am  – 12:30 pm
£88
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LEARNING TO DRAW With Colette Cameron
Anyone can learn to draw.  Once we begin to learn to draw the essential nature of the object, and our natural personal style also appears, like magic.

This course will cover the 5 basic skills needed to draw successfully:

  • 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)

Mondays
25th February – 25th March 2019 (5 weeks)
6:30 – 8:30 pm
£70
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ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS: WATERCOLOUR PAINTING
with Flora Menager
This fun introductory course is perfect for those who want to take their first exciting steps into the wonderful world of watercolour! Participants will be gently and expertly guided through the fundamentals of watercolour painting, learning the following techniques over 5 weekly sessions:

  • Setting out
  • Composition
  • Colour theory
  • Colour washes
  • Textures

Mondays
14th January – 11th February 2019 (5 weeks)
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
£88
FULLY BOOKED


PORTRAITURE: DRAWING & PAINTING TECHNIQUES with Flora Menager 

Using mixed media (charcoal, pastel, acrylic,) participants will learn portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better draw and paint people through the practice of self-portraiture. This course is suitable for beginners, please click the booking link to see the course curriculum.

Mondays 
1st April – 3rd April
10:00 am – 3:30 pm
£90
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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
4th March – 20th May 2019 (8 weeks, with breaks on bank holidays and Easter school holidays)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
£112
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ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS: ACRYLIC PAINTING ‘WINTER 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
15th January – 12th February (5 weeks)
6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
£70
FULLY BOOKED

SPRING LANDSCAPES with Mark Beachell
This course is the same structure as the Winter Landscapes course, but using spring landscapes as inspiration.
Suitable for all abilities, including absolute beginners and participants wanting to continue on from the Winter Landscapes course.

Tuesdays
26th February – 26th March (5 weeks)
6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
£70
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BEGINNERS DRAWING TECHNIQUES
with Flora Menager
This new and expanded 10 week course, for absolute beginners to intermediate students, offers a complete introduction to the fundamentals of art.  During the course, we will use charcoal, pencil, pastels and coloured pencils to learn the following five key techniques with plenty of guided  practice from life and from pictures:

 

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

With 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.

Tuesdays
15th January – 26th March 2019 (10 weeks, break for half term 17th-21st February)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£140
FULLY BOOKED

“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”


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!

Tuesdays
26th February – 26th March 2019 (5 weeks)
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
£65
FULLY BOOKED


LIFE DRAWING with Flora Menager
This life drawing course aims to help beginner and intermediate participants build confidence by providing tips and techniques to help represent the figure on paper.  Structured course with exercises, tips and tailored guidance.

 

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

Wednesdays NEW TIME
27th February – 27th March 2019 (5 weeks)
4:00 pm  – 6:00 pm
£75
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LIFE DRAWING with John Kerr and 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
9th January – 27th March 2019 (11 weeks, break for half term)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
£193
FULLY BOOKED


BEGINNERS OIL PAINTING:  STILL LIFE with Marcin Szuba
You will learn the fundamentals of handling paint and composition and you will observe tonal values and colour relationships. You will explore different surfaces, lines, patterns and space.

A still life will be set up in the space for you to work from and these sessions will be taught largely on one to one basis to help you build confidence.

This course is suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to those with more experience.  All materials are provided.


Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
16th January – 13th February (5 weeks)
£88
FULLY BOOKED

24th April – 22nd May (5 weeks)
£88
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INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMAN FIGURE IN OILS with Marcin Szuba
Working directly from life models you will create sketches focusing on composition and proportions then use these to inspire your oil paintings. During 3 sessions you will develop various painting skills and create two paintings.

You will be introduced to the exercises and we will be looking at the work of historical and contemporary painters followed by plenty of one to one guidance.

All materials are provided.  Please bring old clothes to paint in. Suitable for all abilities.

Wednesdays
6:00 – 8:30 pm
27th February – 27th March 2019 (5 weeks)
£90
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ART CLUB with Flora Menager
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 the sessions or choose your dates!
(Image: Student Work)

Wednesdays 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
27th February- 27th March (5 weeks)
£70
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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
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
17th January –  14th February 2019
£70
FULLY BOOKED


EVENING LIFE DRAWING with Mark Beachell
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.


Thursdays

6:30 pm -8:30 pm
28th February – 28th March (5 weeks)
£70
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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 who has just won first prize in the ‘People’s Choice Award’ of the Great Sheffield Art Show!

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.

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

Thursdays (Off-Peak)
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
10th January – 14th February 2019 (6 weeks)
£72
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Thursdays 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
10th January – 14th February 2019 (6 weeks)
£84
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AN INTRODUCTION TO MOSAICS with Diana Storey
Diana Storey is a mosaic artist with over 20 years experience of making colourful, textural mosaics.  In this relaxed, therapeutic class you can create a beautiful mosaic of your own design – working on a 10″ x 10″ or on a 3D shape, 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.

Fridays
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
25th January – 15th February (4 weeks)
£70
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ACRYLICS FOR THE TERRIFIED with Anna Massey 
This 5 week introduction to acrylics is suitable for complete beginners or those who would like to learn from scratch. We will start with basic techniques in the form of a sample sheet and move on to creating several step by step pieces including a landscape and still life.
Over the 5 weeks you will
• Create a sample sheet of techniques
• Learn to mix colours and vary paint consistency
• Build up light and shade on objects to create modelling
• Learn how to add glazes and texture mediums into acrylic paints
• Create finished acrylic landscapes and still life
All materials provided. You will be required to bring in various simple items to paint such as fruit and crockery. You may wish to work on a small canvas for the final session which will be an additional small cost but is optional.

Fridays 
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
8th March – 5th April
£70
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DRAWING TECHNIQUES: PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS with 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.

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

Saturdays
2nd March – 16th March (3 weeks)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: £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
2nd March – 16th March (3 weeks)
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: £54
BOOK HERE!


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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