Art & Pottery Summer Schools


Art & Pottery Courses Summer Schools

We will be running a number of summer art and schools (during July and August) for adults.  These courses will run over 3, 4 or 5 consecutive days.  If you want to be kept up to date on new summer schools as finalise the details please register your interest below:


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.


Cat hutch summer schoolLIFE DRAWING SUMMER SCHOOL with Catherine Hutchinson
Working directly from a life model, this course will develop your observational skills and confidence in drawing the human figure. You will be encouraged to try out different materials and approaches to figure drawing, in a series of exercises that will comprise of both short and long poses.

Core elements covered include gesture, measurement, tone, space, perspective and use of materials. References to the work and drawing practices of both historical and contemporary artists will feature throughout the course.

A range of materials will be available, including graphite, charcoal, ink, pastels, coloured pencils and paper for collage.  There will be guidance and support from an experienced tutor. Suitable for all abilities, including beginners.

Monday 23rd July – Wednesday 25th July 
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Through the exploration of perspective and composition participants will be taught a variety of drawing, watercolour, acrylic and oil techniques to represent our environment, both landscape and cityscapes.  This course will be held in and out of the studio and is ideal for art lovers who would like to learn skills to gain the confidence to draw and paint from life. All materials will be provided but please bring your sketchbook if you have a one.

This class is suitable for beginners, all materials are provided.

Monday 6th August – Wednesday 8th August
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

This course will explore the nature of drawing, through experimentation with various approaches and materials.

Observational drawing will form the basis of a series of exercises that will expand your drawing skills and challenge your notion of drawing.  Different subjects will be explored including found and natural objects. Demonstrations by the tutor will explain materials and methods. Core aspects that will be covered are line, tone, texture, scale, composition. Throughout the course references will be made to the work and drawing practices of both contemporary and historical artists.

Materials used include dry media such as graphite, charcoal, pastels and crayons and wet media such as ink, with various applications including pens and brushes.

There will be guidance and support by an experienced tutor, Suitable for all abilities.

Please bring a sketchbook (size/type of your choosing) in which you may record your discoveries. All other materials provided, including various types of paper.

Monday 13th August – Wednesday 15th August
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Using mixed media (charcoal, pastel, acrylic, oil) participants will learn portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better draw and paint people through the practice of self-portraiture.


Day 1: Drawing Techniques
Day 2: Acrylic Painting Techniques
Day 3: Oil Painting Techniques

This course is suitable for absolute beginners, all materials are provided.

Click on the booking link below for a full course description.

Monday 20th August – Wednesday 22nd August
10:00 am – 4:00 pm


EARTH, FIRE, AIR & WATER – Creating the Elements        with Colette Cameron
Join this expertly crafted programme which balances structured creative exercises with the space for personal exploration. Discover how to use rhythm, colour, composition and scale with a range of materials including paint, collage, tissue paper, ink and clay, in this exciting and dynamic Summer School program.

Suitable for all abilities. Feedback from a recent participant at one of Colette’s workshops said – ‘Hugely enjoyable: very well paced and enough demonstration of techniques to make it highly creative’

Tuesday 28th August – Friday 31st August (4 days)
10.30 am – 3.30 pm


This introductory painting course is suiable for anyone looking to take their first steips in oil painting.  Using seascapes, fish and marine life as inspiration, participants will explore drawing and painting techniques in acrylc and oil.

This course is suitable for absolute beginners. Click on the booking link for more details.
(Image: Van Gogh – Boats at Sea, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer)

Tuesdays July 31st, August 7th, 14th, 21st (4 weeks)
6.30 pm – 9:00 pm

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 from beginners level.

Wednesdays 1st August – 29th August (5 weeks)
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


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Experience a range of pottery techniques in this exciting three day course introducing you to the joys of pottery.  A course for all levels of ability from the complete beginner to the experienced potter run by experienced tutors who will introduce you to a variety of making techniques that will help you succeed with your projects.

In the three days you will have the opportunity to;

•   Wheel throw your personal breakfast set of jug, mug and bowl.
•   Hand build items for the garden such as birdbaths, wall planters and sculptural pieces.
•   Explore different glazes and see the dramatic effects as your pot fired in the raku kiln all on the same day.

Skills: pinch pottery, coil and slab building, wheel thrown forms, creating spouts and attaching handles, decorative techniques to include impressing, incising and embellishing leather hard clay, use of coloured slip and raku glazes with different constituents and finally firing a piece in the raku kiln (this session will use pre-prepared bisque ware).

Day 1: Wheel and hand building
Day 2: Attaching handles and decorating pots
Day 3: Raku experience (this session will use pre-prepared bisque ware).

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 14th-16th August 2018
11.00 am – 4.00 pm each day with tutors

We will also be running a number of individual workshops over August – please see pottery workshops click 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 11.00 am – 3.00 pm 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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