Art Courses


Art Courses – Summer Term

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.


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This 6 week follow on to ‘Watercolours for the Terrified part I’ is suitable for those who have completed the first 5 week course with Anna.

Over the 6 weeks we will create step by step pieces to take home each week covering a variety of subjects including a landscape, a seascape, birds and animals, and even an introduction to a face. You will practice and refine the techniques learnt on the first course and learn some exciting new ones too.

All materials provided but good quality watercolour paper is available to purchase from the tutor for £3 for whole course.(recommended)

10.00 am – 12.00 pm
4th June – 9th July 2018 (6 weeks)

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.
Free sketchbook for each participant. Suitable for all abilities.
Mondays 11th June – 9th July (5 weeks)
3.30pm – 5.30pm
Cost: £50


PAINTING WITH GOLD with Colette Cameron

Learn how to use sheets of real gold leaf within your painting to create shimmering magical effects.  We will explore the use of symbols and how to weave meaningful text or images into your work.  From an inspirational quote to an expression of the cosmos, when we bring gold to the table we can make something magnificent!

Suitable for all abilities including beginners.

Tuesdays 12th June – 10th July (5 weeks)
10am – 12noon
Cost: £75


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 forcus on 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

This class can serve as a continuation for participants who have taken a previous watercolour course or have dabbled in the past.  Some experience is essential.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
4th June – 9th July (6 weeks)

10.00am – 12.30pM
8th June – 20th July (7 weeks)


Anyone can learn to draw, the skills needed are straightforward and universal. Once we begin to learn to draw our natural personal style also appears. It’s like magic, and this encouraging and rewarding course will inspire you to pick up the pencil again and again.

14th and 21st May (2 weeks)
6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: £26

4th June – 16th July (7 weeks)
6.30 pm – 8.30 pm


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

“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.”

6.30 – 8.30pm
5th June – 3rd July (5 weeks)
Cost: £65
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see remaining places)

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.

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
5th June – 10th July (6 weeks)
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of remaining places)

life catherineLIFE DRAWING with Catherine Hutchinson
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.

(Image: Students work)




10:00 am – 12:00 pm
6th June – 18th July 2018 (6 weeks, no session on the 20th of June)

4pm – 6pm
19th June – 17th July (5 weeks)

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.

6.30 – 8.30 pm
18th April – 23rd May 2018 (6 weeks)
Book Individual Sessions Here.

6.30 – 8.30 pm
6th June – 18th July 2018 (7 weeks)
BOOK HERE!  (Or book individual sessions by clicking the link below)

Book Individual Sessions Here.

Working directly from life models you will create sketches focusing on composition and proportions then use these to inspire your oil 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.  This course is ideal for those, who 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.

6:30 – 9:00 pm
6th June – 4th July 2018 (5 weeks)
Cost:  £90
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining) 

We have late afternoon 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’

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
7th June – 12th July 2018 (6 weeks)

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
7th June – 12th July 2018 (6 weeks)

interior design mark bTHE ART OF 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. Most sessions will start with a short talk followed by a practical session where you will put theory into practice.
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

‘I’m so glad I took this course, Mark has a really thorough knowledge of design which we all benefited from. I now feel confident in my own skills, that I will use practically for my career and in my own time too’ 

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Dates to be confirmed.

Botticelli's Primavera

ART TALKS with Mark Beachell
A series of completely down to earth illustrated talks inspiring appreciation of and helping to demystify the art world.  Whether you are a curious newcomer to the art world, an experienced gallery go-er 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.

Click booking link below for further details.  Image shown is Botticelli’s Primavera.


6.30 – 8.30pm
7th June – 12th July 2018 ( 6 weeks)

If you cannot make the advertised dates please register your interest here for any future dates

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

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

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!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
5th November – 10th December (6 weeks)

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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