Art Workshops


Adult Art Workshops (short courses)

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.

MACRAME WALL-HANGING with Joanna from Wrap in Wood
This workshop will take you through the basics of macrame, teaching you various knots and techniques so you can create your own masterpiece to hang.


‘Unleash your creative potential and relax your mind with this wonderful craft.’

Saturday 20th July 2019
10.00 am – 2.00 pm

SIP AND CREATE: MACRAME PLANT HOLDER with Joanna from Wrap in Wood
This workshop will take you through the basics of macrame, teaching you various knots and techniques so you can create your own plant pot hanger.
Bring your own wine, we’ll provide the glasses! Suitable for all abilities.


Friday 26th July 2019

6.00 pm – 8.30 pm

In celebration of summer, participants will learn painting techniques specifically suited to painting flowers in watercolour and gouache.

This class is suitable for both beginners and students who have previously taken a watercolour course and/or are looking to try new techniques.  We will be painting from beautiful inspiration images but feel free to bring in your own on the day!

Saturday 27th July 2019
10.00 am – 3.00 pm

with Marcin Szuba
This workshop offers the chance to learn the fundamentals of landscape Painting in oils. You will be shown how to extract and adopt images from photographs to create paintings. You will also learn the fundamentals of composition tone and colour.

Saturday 27th July 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm


For beginners who want to get creative with Living Walls where Art meets Gardens and Gardens meet Art. In an era where urban space is becoming ever more precious and the clamour for greening up, healing up, and cleaning up our environment grows ever louder, here is a chance to explore the potential for this as a new art form and create your own designed Living Wall!

This workshop will illustrate what creative architects and designers are doing around the world and introduce some basic husbandry for creative gardening. Then you get to design and make your own green wall cassette to take home.

The price includes an aluminium cassette with space for planting 12 different plants – retail price £45 – and 5-6 plug plants)

Saturday 27th July 2019
3.30 – 6.30 pm

MOSAIC MANDALA with Diana Storey 
This is a relaxed, therapeutic class 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 will be complete and ready to take home.

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

Saturday 3rd August 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

MACRAME DREAM CATCHER with Joanna from Wrap in Wood
This workshop will take you through the basics of macrame, teaching you various knots and techniques.  You will finish the day with a completed dream-catcher!

‘Unleash your creative potential and relax your mind with this wonderful craft.’


Saturday 10th August 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Enjoy the experience of sketching, exaggerating and graphically poking fun at an open-minded, non-judgemental sitter. We will examine basic drawing techniques, proportions, and mark-making. We will also ask how to add extra creativity and comment to the artwork.

Free sketchbook included. You may choose to bring an ipad, phone or camera but this is not essential. Suitable for all abilities

Saturday 10th August 2019
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Why not come along to this Sip and Fimo class and learn how to make this colourful house number plaque for your home. It is created with polymer clay which is a highly coloured, oven hardening clay.

  • Choose the colours you prefer.
  • You could have your family name instead of house number, or you could just do a floral design!
  • The plaque is for the outside of your home and will be backed onto a piece of plywood.
  • The design is primarily floral… you will have a choice of cutters and shapes to use. If you prefer your own design that’s good too.
  • Once it is made it will be taken back to the artists studio to finish off. You will then collect it from the Art House.

Suitable for all abilities (even complete beginners!). Bring your own wine, we’ll provide the glasses! (18+)

Friday 16th August 2019
6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Learn how to draw and design characters in this one-off workshop aimed at beginners with an interest in character creation for books, comics or just for fun. The morning period will be split into three one hour observational drawing sessions.  After lunch we will tackle a fun and random character design project for the remaining three hours.

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 – and of course please bring your imagination!

Saturday 17th August 2019
10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

THE ART OF MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHY with Don Murray & Heather Greenbank

Photography is a form of creativity that is open to everybody. Whether we use the a phone or a DSLR camera, we can all create beautiful, startling images. But frequently we are disappointed with the results. Mindfulness training teaches us to be really present with our experience and to look at the world through fresh eyes and, by doing so, produce images that are fresh and surprising. In this workshop we’ll do some very simple mindfulness practices followed by a photo assignment on the city streets. Suitable for everyone whether or nor you have previous experience of mindfulness or photography.

Saturday 17th August 2019
12 noon – 3.00 pm

Using Ruskin’s peacock down feather painting as our initial inspiration we will experiment with a range of techniques for creating prints, concentrating on the colour and texture of feathers and birds.

We will print using feathers, polystyrene tiles, textured papers and handmade printing blocks. Prints will be on fabric using permanent textile inks. Materials are provided but you may wish to bring additional fabrics (must be light coloured) if you have specific project work in mind for continuing after the session.

Saturday 24th August 2019
10.00 am – 3.30 pm

Coiled basketry is the traditional craft of making containers and mats with a variety of materials.  A coiled basket is made starting with a spiral shape which is then worked into the desired shape as it develops, using a binding thread around a core material.


In this workshop, suitable for beginners, you will learn how to make a small basket or mat, using your own choice of colours and materials, incl. cord, yarn, fabric, rushes, raffia etc.  Learn how to:

  • make a small basket or mat
  • use different techniques
  • make patterns
  • use a variety of materials
  • experiment with colour
  • make samples

Saturday 31st August 2019
10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.

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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