Art Courses

 

Adult Art Courses – Winter Term (February 2019 onwards)


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.


 

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.

With plenty of one to one guidance.  All materials are provided.  Please bring old clothes to paint in. Suitable for all abilities.

Wednesdays
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
20th – 27th March 2019 (2 weeks)
£36
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Adult Art Courses – Spring Term (April 2019 onwards)


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 3-day course is suitable for beginners, please click the booking link to see the course curriculum.

Mondays 
1st April – 3rd April 2019 (3 days)
10:00 am – 3:30 pm
£90
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THE SENTENCE BEGINS HERE, A COURSE IN CREATIVE WRITING with Rob Smith
Taking inspiration from everything and anything, this friendly, and relaxed course makes creative writing accessible to everyone.

So, if you want to dip your toe in the water, want to develop your interest in creative writing, need help with work in progress, or  just looking for like minded people  then this is the course for you.

Join us, before you know it, you’ll be a poet!!

Mondays
13th May – 22nd July (10 weeks)
10.30 am – 12.00 pm
£75
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START YOUR OWN SKETCHBOOK ADVENTURE
with Colette Cameron
Fun, fast and quirky sketching and doodling, and more detailed sketching exercises.
– inspirational creative activities which help you explore materials, techniques and different styles
– discover how sketchbook work can free you up to approach creative activity with ease and playfulness
– make mini-sketchbooks
– develop a love of drawing and sketching that continues beyond the course
– free sketchbook
– suitable for all abilities

Mondays
3rd June – 15th July 2019 (6 weeks – with a break on 17th June)
3.30 pm – 5.30 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
3rd June – 8th July 2019 (6 weeks)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
£90
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LEARNING TO DRAW With Colette Cameron
Anyone can learn to draw! This course will enable you to draw with confidence, giving you a life-long skill to enjoy and develop.

We 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
3rd June – 22nd July 2019 (7 weeks, break on 17th June)
6:30 – 8:30 pm
£98
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EXPLORING THEMES AND TECHNIQUES – WATERCOLOUR
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 for beginners with some watercolour or drawing experience.

Mondays (8 weeks)

Mondays
3rd June – 22nd July 2019 (8 weeks)
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (longer 2.5 hour classes)
£140
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Fridays
7th June – 19th July (7 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£98
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ART TALKS:  HOW TO ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND THINGS
MADE TO BE LOOKED AT!  With Mark Beachell
A series of informal and engaging talks around art. Starting with an illustrated talk, each session will open out into a discussion around the topic. Whether you are a curious newcomer to the art world, an experienced gallery goer 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.  Some of the sessions have a quirky angle on art so even if you know where you stand on art, you might just find yourself nudged somewhere else.  (Image:  Botticelli’s Primavera).

Tuesdays
23rd April – 21st May 2019 (5 weeks)
4:00 – 6:00 pm
£70
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BEGINNERS DRAWING TECHNIQUES
with Flora Menager
This course, for absolute beginners to intermediate students, offers an 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.

“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”

Tuesdays
30th April – 28th May 2019 (5 weeks)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£70
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ABSOLUTE 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.”

Tuesdays
23rd April – 21st May 2019 (5 weeks)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£70
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Tuesdays
4th June – 23rd July 2019 (8 weeks)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£112
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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
1st – 22nd May 2019 (4 weeks)
4:00 pm  – 6:00 pm
£60
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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
24th April – 22nd May 2019 (5 weeks)
£88
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CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION 
with Carl Flint
This fun and accessible course is suitable for beginners and intermediate levels. The areas covered include:
– Character design
– Ideas development through roughs and sketches
– Illustrating a short text
– Free sketchbook
– Students will be encouraged to work in their own style

Wednesdays
17th April – 22nd May 2019 (6 sessions)
6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
£105 
FULLY BOOKED


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

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 and Colette 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
18th April – 23rd May (6 weeks)
£72
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Thursdays 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
18th April – 23rd May (6 weeks)
£84
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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
18th April – 23rd May 2019 (6 weeks)
£84
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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
13th June – 17th July
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£84
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AN INTRODUCTION TO ARRAIOLOS with Sonia Santos
(Long arm cross stitch tapestry)

Arraiolos is a traditional tapestry wool made in the small town of Arraiolos, Portugal since the middle ages.  In this 3 week course, you will be working on a 40cm x 40cm tapestry with patterns and colours of your choice.

All materials are included. The course will cover:

  • Counted thread haision technique
  • Basic horizontal stitch
  • Basic vertical stitch
  • Basic diagonal stitch
  • Finished border

Saturdays
11th, 18th and 25th May 2019 (3 sessions)
10.00 am – 1.00 pm
£75
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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
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
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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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