Art Courses

 

Adult Art Courses – July 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 CLUB: WATERCOLOUR AND MIXED MEDIA 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.  Book onto the full course (6 weeks) or for individual two-week blocks.

Wednesday July 17th & 24th Watercolour & Acrylic

Wednesdays
19th June – 24th July 2019 (6 weeks) Or alternatively book below for specific 2 week blocks:

Watercolour & Acrylic – Wednesday July 17th & 24th (2 weeks) – BOOK HERE £35


PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS:  FISH & 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 glazing. (Image from previous student’s work)

This course is suitable for absolute beginners and intermediate levels and will cover:

  • Setting out; Composition; Using acrylics as ground colour
  • Drawing techniques; Using line and value
  • Acrylic and oil glazing painting techniques: how and when to use them
  • Blending, texture, direct painting and glazing
  • Colour theory

Tuesdays
30th July – 27th August 2019 (5 sessions)
6:00 – 8.30 pm
£105
BOOK HERE!


FINDING YOUR VOICE: EXPRESSIVE FIGURE DRAWING & PAINTING with Flora Menager
Participants will be taught a variety of drawing and painting techniques with the aim to represent the figure in an expressive and individualistic manner. This class is ideal for students who are interested in improving these skills and who want to get a taste in using colour, texture and value in a variety of drawing and painting media. All skill levels are welcome to this class and guidance will be given at all stages.

Media used throughout the course: Charcoal and Charcoal Powder, Coloured Pastels, Acrylic Washes, Black Ink and White Acrylic, Coloured Inks

Wednesdays
6:00 – 8.30 pm
31st July –  28th August 2019 (5 weeks)
£105
BOOK HERE!


ART SUMMER SCHOOLS (FOR ADULTS) – JULY/AUGUST 2019


FIGURATIVE SUMMER SCHOOL with John Kerr
A three day summer school with John that will allow you an opportunity to explore the use of different media (including pencil, charcoal, watercolours, oils and acrylics) and capturing the human form.  Bring your own materials or use what we provide. Suitable for the beginner or more advanced students:

Day 1 – Self-portraiture – Discover the thrill of drawing and painting the one person who has the time and patience to pose for as long as you want them to.  Delve beneath the surface of your skin and find out just who you are.

Day 2 – Draw or paint from a selection of willing sitters. Discover the joy of capturing a likeness using a variety of different media.  A full day in which to create paintings / drawings in this captivating genre.

Day 3 – A full day with a life model. Long enough to finish a painting, help and guidance given from initial drawing to final high lights.

Monday 29th July – Wednesday 31st July 2019 (3 days)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
£120
BOOK HERE!


 

EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING SUMMER SCHOOL with Colette Cameron
Four whole days to immerse yourself in a range of experimental drawing techniques and approaches. The emphasis will be on finding ways to loosen up and try new ideas, which can lead to more time in creative play, which inspires your natural curiosity, and develops new ways to draw.

Materials include charcoal, ink, paint and graphite.
Suitable for anyone who wants to explore and learn including beginners and those with more experience.

‘Love Colette’s style of teaching; encouraging and inspiring’

Tuesday 30th July – Friday 2nd August 2019 (4 days)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
£145
BOOK HERE!


SKETCHBOOK SUMMER SCHOOL with Colette Cameron
(Including outdoor sketching in The Botanical Gardens)
Learn the art of keeping a sketchbook and see the world with new eyes during this exciting 4 day summer school. Day 1 included exploring materials and approaches. Days 2 and 3 will be based in the Botanical Gardens with inspiring activities to help you get the most from your sketchbook. Day 4 will be back at the Art House taking the sketches further and exploring ways to progress.

The focus is on creating lively, expressive sketches, exploring different subjects (rather than precise botanical illustrations) from capturing a moment in time to exploring a fascinating detail. Make your sketchbook your own.

Suitable for beginners and the more advanced students.

Tuesday 13th August – Friday 16th August 2019 (4 days)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
£145
BOOK HERE!


MOSAICS SUMMER SCHOOL with Diana Storey
Join Mosaic Artist Diana Storey for an uplifting 3-day mosaic summer school/workshop in August to explore your creativity through the art of mosaic.  A selection of bases for mosaic projects in various shapes and sizes will be provided.  A wide variety of colourful mosaic materials will be available

You will learn:

  • Colour combining and design direction
  • Use of mosaic tools including tile nippers and glass cutters
  • Mosaic setting with glass, ceramic, and mirror
  • Grouting with tinted grout.

Each student will work on their own project with one to one guidance, and take home a mosaic masterpiece!

Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th August 2019 (3 days)
10:00 – 3:30 pm
£135
FULLY BOOKED


PORTRAITURE:  DRAWING & PAINTING TECHNIQUES with Flora Menager  
Using mixed media (charcoal, pastel, acrylic,) participants will learn experimental portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better draw and paint people through the practice of self-portraiture.

This course is suitable for absolute beginners.  You will learn:

  • Proportions of the head
  • Using line and value to create form
  • Methods and techniques – learning to see
  • Charcoal, pastel & acrylic painting techniques 

Syllabus: Drawing Techniques (Day 1), Colour Pastel Techniques (Day 2), Acrylic Painting Techniques (Day 3).

Monday 19th August – Wednesday 21st August 2019 (3 days)
10:00 – 3.30 pm
£120
BOOK HERE!


ACRYLIC TECHNIQUES FOR BEGINNERS:  PAINTING FROM A PHOTOGRAPH with Flora Menager
Participants will learn acrylic techniques by painting from a photograph of their choosing or from a variety of inspiration images available on the day. This is the perfect opportunity to capture in paint your favourite photograph and learn some the basics of acrylic painting! This class is suitable for all levels, including beginners.

If you would like to paint from your own inspiration image please bring the image with you on the day (the image above is a student’s work from a previous course).  The syllabus:

  • Setting out; Composition and transcribing your image
  • Mapping light and dark values
  • Acrylic characteristics and how to use them
  • Brushwork and blending
  • Colour theory

Thursday 22nd – Friday 23rd August 2019 (2 days)
10:00 – 3.30 pm
£80
BOOK HERE!


Art Courses – September 2019


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
2nd September – 21st October (8 weeks)
3.30pm – 5.30pm
£99 (early bird offer, price increases to £120 from 1st August)
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’

Mondays
2nd September – 21st October (8 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£120

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!


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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