Summer schools 2019


Adult Summer Schools (July and August 2019)

How to book your summer school:   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.




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

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


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THREE DAY POTTERY SUMMER SCHOOL with Charlotte Berry, Mary Else and Mike Scown
Experience a range of pottery skills in this exciting three day pottery course introducing you to the joys of working in clay. The course is suitable for all levels of ability from the complete beginner to the more experienced potter. Run by experienced tutors who will help you succeed with your projects, the course will involve wheel throwing and turning, a variety of hand building techniques and a day of exploring different glaze effects in the raku kiln.

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 of the raku kiln.

Raku fired pots can be taken away on the day and your other pieces will be fired and glazed ready for collection in three weeks.

Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st August 2019
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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 am – 3 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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