Art Courses

 

Adult Art Courses – August 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.


Art Courses – September – December 2019


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
10.00am – 12.00pm
16th September – 21st October (6 weeks)
FULLY BOOKED


WATERCOLOURS FOR THE TERRIFIED (Part 2)
with Anna Massey

This 6 week course follows on from ‘Watercolours for the Terrified part I’ and is suitable for those who have completed a short beginners watercolours course or learnt the basics at home.

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, flowers, 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 £3.50 for whole course. (recommended)

Mondays
10.00am – 12.00pm
4th November – 9th December (6 weeks)
£90
BOOK HERE!


BACK DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, CREATIVE WRITING FOR THE CURIOUS with Rob Smith

Do you have just too many words? Not enough words? Do your words not do just what you want them to?

Would you like to describe your world in a way that only you truly can?

This course is designed for anyone with a love or words and the desire to explore creative writing in all of its forms.

Perfect for new writers, writers with writers block, writers who may wish to discuss a work in progress or past students who want to refresh their memory, pick up where we left off last term and also continue to enjoy the benefits of being in a group of like minded people. In fact, this course is just perfect for everybody!!

Not only will learn how to write poetry, short stories, novels, in fact, any form of creative writing that interests you,  you will learn much more. Each lesson will be tailored to the needs of the class if possible.

Mondays
10.00am – 12.00pm
16th September – 25th November (10 week course with break on 28th October)
£120

FULLY BOOKED


START YOUR OWN SKETCHBOOK ADVENTURE
with Colette Cameron

An ongoing course which helps you develop your observational drawing skills and discover ways to create new and unexpected images.
Learn exercises to help you warm up and loosen up so that your sketches can become more lively and expressive. Explore new materials and mixed-media techniques through different themes each week.
Additional guidance for those who want to develop their own personal sketchbook practice outside of sessions.
Suitable for all abilities. Sketchbook provided.

Mondays
4th November – 16th December (7 weeks)
3.30pm – 5.30pm
£105
BOOK HERE!


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’

4th November – 16th December (7 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£105
BOOK HERE!


 

WATERCOLOUR FOR BEGINNERS 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 the weekly sessions:
-Setting out
-Composition
-Colour theory
-Colour washes
-Textures

Mondays
16th September – 21st October 2019 (6 weeks)
6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
£115
BOOK HERE

Fridays
20th September – 25th October (6 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£115
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WATERCOLOUR THEMES AND TECHNIQUES 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
4th November – 16th December
6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
£132
BOOK HERE!

Fridays
8th November – 20th December
10.00am – 12.30pm
£132
BOOK HERE!


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
17th September – 22nd October (6 weeks)
6pm – 8.30pm
£114

BOOK HERE


Mark Beachell, Art House SheffieldABSOLUTE 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.”

5th November – 17th December (7 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£105
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!

Tuesdays
24th September – 22nd October 2019 (5 weeks)
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
£67.50
BOOK HERE!


THE ART OF MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHY

THE ART OF MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHY with Don Murray

This is not your conventional photography course! Over six weeks we will explore how we can use photography as a mindful practice. We’ll do some mindfulness practices in class – short meditations you can do anytime and anywhere – as well as learning how to see the world in a slightly different way. By doing so, we add a bit of freshness and spontaneity to the act of creating a photograph. Each week we will explore a theme, learn about how to train our “good eye”, and we will have the chance to go out on to the streets to practice what we are learning. It will be fun, and the results might surprise you!

Please bring a digital camera of some sort. Phones are fine. You don’t require any prior experience of either mindfulness practices or photography. All participants in this course will have the chance to contribute to an exhibition of mindful photography early next year.

Wednesdays
10.00am – 12.00pm
6th November – 11th December (6 weeks)
£90
BOOK HERE!


ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT
with John Kerr and Mark Beachell

A practical approach to developing all aspects of artistic development in a wide range media. Using the experience of two tutors this course is aimed at expanding your artistic abilities to their full potential.

Wednesdays
18th September – 23rd October
1.00pm – 3.00pm
£90
BOOK HERE!

6th November – 18th December (7 weeks)
1.00pm – 3.00pm
£105
BOOK HERE!


LIVE PORTRAITURE: DRAWING TECHNIQUES
with Flora Menager

Using mixed media charcoal, pastel participants will learn experimental portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better draw people through the practice of looking at a model and self-portraiture.

Suitable for absolute beginners.

Syllabus:
Proportions of the head / Using line and value to create form / Methods and techniques – learning to see / charcoal, pastel techniques.

Wednesdays
18th September – 23rd October (6 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
£90
BOOK HERE!


LIVE PORTRAITURE: PAINTING TECHNIQUES
with Flora Menager

Using mixed media acrylic and oil paint participants will learn experimental portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better paint people through the practice of looking at a model and self-portraiture.

Syllabus:
Proportions of the head / Using line and value to create form / Methods and techniques – learning to see / Pastel & Acrylic Techniques / Mixing skin tones

Wednesdays
6th November – 11th December (6 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
£95
BOOK HERE!


CHILDRENS BOOK ILLUSTRATION with Carl Flint

This fun and accessible course is suitable for beginners and intermediate levels. We focus on ideas and development through roughs and sketches. Students will be encouraged to work in their own style.

Project 1: Character design (two weeks).
Project 2: Black & white illustration of a short text (two weeks).
Sessions will include informal group discussions.
Basic materials and sketchbook provided but you are more than welcome to bring your own equipment including smart phones and tablets for reference purposes.

Wednesdays
2nd – 23rd October (4 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm

£76

LIFE DRAWING with John Kerr and Mark Beachell

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
11th September – 23rd October (7 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£126
BOOK HERE!

Wednesdays
6th November – 18th December (7 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£126
BOOK HERE!


LIFE DRAWING: EXPERIMENTAL FIGURE DRAWING
with Flora Menager
NEW EVENING COURSE!

Participants will learn a variety of drawing techniques related to representing the figure. This fun life drawing course aims to help beginner and intermediate participants build confidence by providing tips and techniques to help in representing the figure on paper.

Tips and tailored guidance will be provided by your tutor Flora

  • Setting out techniques; composition
  • Proportions of the body
  • Mixed media techniques
  • Exploring quality of line and mark making
  • Creating 3 dimensional form

Wednesdays
18th September – 23rd October (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£90
FULLY BOOKED

6th November – 18th December (7 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£105
BOOK HERE!


THE ART OF WATERCOLOUR with John Kerr

We have late afternoon or an early evening sessions for this popular course, taught by John Kerr.

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
7th November – 19th December (7)
4.00 – 6.00pm
£105
BOOK HERE!

Thursdays
7th November – 19th December (7)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£105
BOOK HERE!


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
7th November – 12th December (6)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£90
BOOK HERE!

 


MOSAIC MANDALA with Diana Storey

This is a relaxed, therapeutic course where you can create a beautiful Mandala mosaic of your own design, using a wide range of materials including tiles, glass, mirror, ceramics and jewellery.  You are welcome to bring some of you own bits and pieces if you’d like to incorporate them into your Mandala.

You will learn to cut the pieces, arrange and install them and grout, so your piece/s will be complete and ready to take home.

Diana Storey is a mosaic artist with 20 years of mosaic experience.

Fridays
4.00pm – 6.00pm
27th September – 25th October (5 weeks)
£95
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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