Art Courses

 

Adult Art Courses – Autumn Term (November – December 2018)


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.


 

ACRYLIC PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS 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.

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.”

Tuesdays
20th November – 11th December (4 weeks)
6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
£56
BOOK HERE!


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
7th November – 12th December (6 weeks)
£70   (Discounted cost for booking all 6 sessions)
BOOK HERE!

Book Individual Sessions Here.


FESTIVE MOSAICS with Diana Storey

Working on a 10 x 10 inch board, this freestyle mosaic class gives you the opportunity to make a beautiful festive gift of your own design.

We will work with a wide range of materials including tiles, glass, mirror, beads, ceramics and  will learn how to use mosaic cutting tools, and grout and polish your work of art.

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

Fridays
30th November – 14th December
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
£55
BOOK HERE!


Adult Art Courses – Winter Term (January 2019 onwwards)


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
7th January – 11th February 2019 (6 weeks)
£84
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
7th January – 11th February 2019 (6 weeks)
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
£78
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Mondays
25th February – 25th March 2019 (5 weeks)
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
£65
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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)

Mondays
7th January – 11th February (6 weeks)
6:30 – 8:30 pm
£84
BOOK HERE!

Mondays
25th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
6:30 – 8:30 pm
£70
BOOK HERE!


ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS: WATERCOLOUR PAINTING
with Flora Menager

Mondays
7th January – 25th March (11 weeks)
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: £193
BOOK HERE!

Fridays
11th January – 29th March (11 weeks)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
£193
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
11th January – 15th February (6 weeks)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
£70 (Off Peak)
Booking Link to follow


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.  Over the 8 weeks you will:

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

 

All materials provided but good quality watercolour paper is available to purchase from the tutor for £5 for 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
BOOK HERE!


drawing techniques floraDRAWING TECHNIQUES FOR BEGINNERS
with Flora Menager
Join us for this 6-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; light and dark
  • 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
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Details to follow soon


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
BOOK HERE!


life catherineLIFE 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. Paper and basic materials are provided.  Suitable for all abilities.

Wednesdays NEW TIME
9th January – 13th February (6 weeks)
4:00 pm  – 6:00 pm
£90
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Wednesdays NEW TIME
27th February – 27th March (5 weeks)
4:00 pm  – 6:00 pm
£75
BOOK HERE!

(Image: Students work)


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
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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.  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)
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
17th January – 14th February (5 weeks)
Booking link to follow soon

Thursdays 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
17th January – 14th February (5 weeks)
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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
2nd March – 16th March (3 weeks)
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: £54
Booking link to follow


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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