Art Courses

 

Adult Art Courses


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.

Scroll down to view our January – March 2020 listings. 

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 Courses – October – December 2019


TRAVELS WITH A SKETCHBOOK
with Colette Cameron

From taking new creative journeys to taking your sketchbook on holiday – this course will show you how to make a success of it!

An ongoing course which helps you develop your observational drawing skills and discover ways to create new and unexpected images.
Learn exercises to help you warm up and loosen up so that your sketches can become more lively and expressive. Explore new materials and mixed-media techniques through different themes each week.
Additional guidance for those who want to develop their own personal sketchbook practice outside of sessions.
Suitable for all abilities. Sketchbook provided.

Mondays
11th November – 16th December (7 weeks)
3.30pm – 5.30pm
£105
BOOK HERE!


WATERCOLOUR THEMES AND TECHNIQUES 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 from beginners.

Mondays
18th November – 16th December (5 weeks)
6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
£95
BOOK HERE!

This course can be booked as themed short sessions:

INSECTS & FLOWERS 18th & 25th November BOOK HERE
PEOPLE IN LANDSCAPES
2nd & 9th December BOOK HERE
BIRDS
16th December BOOK HERE

Fridays
8th November – 20th December (7 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£132
BOOK HERE!

This course can be booked as themed short sessions:

INSECTS & FLOWERS 22nd & 29th November BOOK HERE
PEOPLE IN LANDSCAPES
6th & 13th December BOOK HERE
BIRDS
20th December BOOK HERE


ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT
with John Kerr and Mark Beachell

A practical approach to developing all aspects of artistic development in a wide range media. Using the experience of two tutors this course is aimed at expanding your artistic abilities to their full potential.

Level: Intermediate – advanced

Wednesdays
13th November – 18th December (7 weeks)
1.00pm – 3.00pm
£90
BOOK HERE

You can book these classes individually £16 per class:
20th November BOOK HERE 
27th November BOOK HERE
4th December BOOK HERE
11th December BOOK HERE
18th December BOOK HERE


ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS PORTRAITURE
with Flora Menager

Using mixed media acrylic and oil paint participants will learn experimental portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better paint people through the practice of looking at a model and self-portraiture.

Syllabus:
Proportions of the head / Using line and value to create form / Methods and techniques – learning to see / Pastel & Acrylic Techniques / Mixing skin tones

Wednesdays
6th November – 11th December (6 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
£95
BOOK HERE!

This course can be booked as individual sessions:
20th November BOOK HERE
27th November BOOK HERE
4th December BOOK HERE
11th December BOOK HERE


LIFE DRAWING: EXPERIMENTAL FIGURE DRAWING
with Flora Menager

Participants will learn a variety of drawing techniques related to representing the figure. This fun life drawing course aims to help beginner and intermediate participants build confidence by providing tips and techniques to help in representing the figure on paper.

Tips and tailored guidance will be provided by your tutor Flora

  • Setting out techniques; composition
  • Proportions of the body
  • Mixed media techniques
  • Exploring quality of line and mark making

Wednesdays
6th November – 18th December (7 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£105
BOOK HERE!

This can be booked as individual sessions: 
20th November BOOK HERE
27th November BOOK HERE
4th December BOOK HERE
11th December BOOK HERE
18th December BOOK HERE


THE ART OF WATERCOLOUR with John Kerr

We have late afternoon or an early evening sessions for this popular course, taught by John Kerr.

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 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
7th November – 19th December (7)
4.00 – 6.00pm
£105
BOOK HERE!

You can book these classes individually £16 per class:
21st November BOOK HERE
28th November BOOK HERE
5th December BOOK HERE
12th December BOOK HERE
19th December BOOK HERE

Thursdays
7th November – 12th December (6)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£105
BOOK HERE!

You can book these classes individually £16 per class:
21st November BOOK HERE
28th November BOOK HERE
5th December BOOK HERE
12th December BOOK HERE


INTRODUCTION TO OIL PAINTING with Marcin Szuba

This course is suitable for all levels, including beginners. The subject will be a still life set-up and we will pay attention to objects and fabrics with a rich pattern and texture. You will make two sketches as warm-ups then use these to inspire your painting. These sessions will be taught largely on one to one basis with Marcin coming around to each person and helping them overcome any obstacles that arise.

All materials supplied. Please bring old clothes to paint in.

Wednesdays
20th November – 18th December (5 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.00pm
£85

BOOK HERE


LINO CUTTING FOR BEGINNERS with Colette Cameron

In this course you will learn the techniques to design and carve your own lino prints

You will learn techniques to hand burnish and hand print your image.  It is helpful to bring ideas and images: a photograph, drawing, or a picture from a magazine or book.

Over the course short demonstrations will be given. The emphasis is on learning basic techniques and creative self-discovery.  You will go home with your prints and lino printing plates.

As we are in the run up to the festive period, as well as making individual prints for your wall, you will also get the opportunity to print your own greetings cards, gift tags and wrapping paper.

Tuesdays
10.00am – 12.00pm
26th November – 17th December (4 weeks)
£65
FULLY BOOKED


Art Courses – January – March 2020


DRAWING FOR THE TERRIFIED PART 2 with Anna Massey

This course is for complete beginners and those who feel unconfident in their drawing skills. We will start with the very basics and work step by step to gradually build up skills using a variety of media and techniques, including:

– Techniques to see and draw accurately
– Rules of perspective
– Expressive mark making
– Use of tone to convey light and form
– Techniques in pencil, ink and charcoal

Mondays
6th January – 10th February (6 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£90
BOOK HERE


TRAVELS WITH A SKETCHBOOK with Colette Cameron

From taking new creative journeys to taking your sketchbook on holiday – this course will show you how to make a success of it!

An ongoing course which helps you develop your observational drawing skills and discover ways to create new and unexpected images.
Learn exercises to help you warm up and loosen up so that your sketches can become more lively and expressive. Explore new materials and mixed-media techniques through different themes each week.
Additional guidance for those who want to develop their own personal sketchbook practice outside of sessions.
Suitable for all abilities. Sketchbook provided.

Mondays
6th January – 10th February (6 weeks)
3.30pm – 5.30pm
£90
BOOK HERE

Mondays
24th February – 23rd March (5 weeks)
3.30pm – 5.30pm
£75
BOOK HERE


LEARNING TO DRAW with Colette Cameron

Learn the fundamental techniques needed to create realistic drawings which capture the illusion of 3D objects on the page. Using pencil only you will gain skills in  perspective, awareness of space and edges, light logic and using a basic unit. This course is designed to access the creative right side of the brain and is for complete beginners. You are encouraged to practice between sessions to make real progress.

“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
6th January – 10th February (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£90
BOOK HERE

Fridays
10th January – 14th February (6 weeks)
5.00pm – 7.00pm
£90
BOOK HERE

Mondays 
24th February – 23rd March (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£75
BOOK HERE

Wednesdays
26th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£75
BOOK HERE

Fridays
28th February – 27th March (5 weeks)
5.00pm – 7.00pm
£75
BOOK HERE


LIFE DRAWING with John Kerr & Mark Beachell

A life drawing class suitable for both beginners and experienced students alike.

Each session will alternate between tutors who will bring a different  but complementary emphasis to each session. The sessions will be set up with particular exercises and materials designed to develop and stretch your observation and drawing skills. models will vary each session helping to bring  a fresh challenge each week.

Our life drawing class gives participants an ideal opportunity to practice drawing from a model in a friendly an supportive environment.  All materials are provided.

Wednesdays 
8th January – 12th February (6 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£115
BOOK HERE

Wednesdays 
26th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£95
BOOK HERE


ILLUSTRATING CHILDREN’S BOOKS with Carl Flint

This fun and accessible course is suitable for beginners and intermediate levels. We focus on ideas and development through roughs and sketches. Students will be encouraged to work in their own style.

Project 1: Character design (two weeks).
Project 2: Black & white illustration of a short text (two weeks).
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.

Wednesdays
8th January – 12th February (6 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£115
BOOK HERE


BEGINNER’S 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:

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.

 

Tuesdays
14th January – 11th February (5 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£95
BOOK HERE

Tuesdays
25th February – 24th March (5 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£95
BOOK HERE


PORTRAITURE DRAWING TECHNIQUES with Flora Menager 

Using mixed media charcoal, pastel participants will learn experimental portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better draw people through the practice of looking at a model and self-portraiture.

Suitable for absolute beginners.

Syllabus:
Proportions of the head / Using line and value to create form / Methods and techniques – learning to see / charcoal, pastel techniques.

Please note: this course began on Wednesday 18th September but is an ongoing drop in and you can join any time.

Wednesdays 
15th January – 12th February (5 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
£80
BOOK HERE


EXPERIMENTAL LIFE DRAWING with Flora Menager

Participants will learn a variety of drawing techniques related to representing the figure. This fun life drawing course aims to help beginner and intermediate participants build confidence by providing tips and techniques to help in representing the figure on paper.

Tips and tailored guidance will be provided by your tutor Flora

  • Setting out techniques; composition
  • Proportions of the body
  • Mixed media techniques
  • Exploring quality of line and mark making

Wednesdays
15th January – 12th February (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£80
BOOK HERE

Wednesdays
26th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£80
BOOK HERE


FEET, HANDS AND FACES with Flora Menager

Learn to draw, or improve your drawings of, what are considered to be the most difficult parts of the body to portray competently. Much individual support and guidance offered by the tutor.

This workshop covers basic anatomy, proportion, form and gesture.

Wednesdays
26th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£80
BOOK HERE 

 


ACRYLIC TECHNIQUES: PEOPLE PLACES AND THINGS with Flora Menager

Drawing is a fundamental skill in art, whether you are an absolute beginner or looking to refresh your skills and improve your painting this course works as a crash course, covering a variety of techniques to help you see and depict all types of subject matter.

The course covers:
• Setting out techniques and composition
• Exploring quality of line and mark making;
• Proportions and perspective
• Adding value, lights and darks
• Using colour

Saturdays 
29th February – 14th March (3 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£55
BOOK HERE 


ABSOLUTE BEGINNER’S ACRYLICS with Mark Beachell

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 from beginners level onwards.

 

Tuesdays
7th January – 11th February (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£90
BOOK HERE

Tuesdays 
25th February – 24th March (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£75
BOOK HERE


ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT
with Mark Beachell and John Kerr

A practical approach to developing all aspects of artistic development in a wide range media. Using the experience of two tutors this course is aimed at expanding your artistic abilities to their full potential.

Level: Intermediate – advanced

 

 

Wednesdays 
8th January – 12th February (6 weeks)
1.00pm – 3.30pm
£90
BOOK HERE

Thursdays
9th January – 13th February (6 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
£90
BOOK HERE 

Wednesdays 
26th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
1.00pm – 3.00pm
£75
BOOK HERE

Thursdays
27th February – 26th March (5 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
£75
BOOK HERE


THE ART OF WATERCOLOUR with John Kerr

We have late afternoon or an early evening sessions for this popular course, taught by John Kerr.

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 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
9th January – 13 February (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£90
BOOK HERE

Thursdays
27th February – 26th March (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£75
BOOK HERE


WATERCOLOURS FOR BEGINNERS with Flora Menager

This fun introductory is suitable for anyone looking to take their first steps in painting. No need to have picked up a brush before! Participants will have the opportunity to experiment in this step by step course, covering:

-Setting out
-Composition
-Colour theory
-Colour washes
-Textures

Mondays
13th January – 10th February (5 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£95
BOOK HERE

Mondays
13th January – 10th February (5 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£95
BOOK HERE


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

 

 

Mondays
24th February – 30th March (6 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£90
BOOK HERE 


PAINTING WITH ACRYLICS: PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS with Flora Menager

Students will learn a variety of acrylic painting techniques to represent things, people and places. The class is divided into taught elements and guided supervision to allow you to complete paintings using these techniques:

  • Setting out and choosing your composition
  • Mapping light and dark values
  • Mark making
  • Colour theory
  • Wet-in-wet technique
  • Texture and layering

 

 

Mondays
24th February – 23rd March (5 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£95
BOOK HERE


WATERCOLOUR FOR BEGINNERS PART 2

with Flora Menager 

For those who wish to proceed further into the art of watercolour painting. This ongoing course continues from Watercolours for Beginners. It will allow you to develop your own style and concentrate on the subject matter of your choice.

Guidance and tuition tailored to suit your needs will expand your artistic abilities and allow you to create a body of work that will increase your knowledge of this media.

Mondays 
24th February – 23rd March (5 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£95
BOOK HERE


PORTRAITURE PAINTING TECHNIQUES with Flora Menager

Wednesdays
26th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
£80
BOOK HERE


ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS OIL PAINTING with Marcin Szuba

In this course 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.These sessions will be taught largely on one to one basis to help you build confidence.

This course is suitable for absolute beginners.  All materials are provided.

Wednesdays 
26th February – 25th March
6.00pm – 8.00pm
£80
BOOK HERE


BEGINNER’S LINO PRINTING with Colette Cameron

In this course you will learn the techniques to design and carve your own lino prints

You will learn techniques to hand burnish and hand print your image.  It is helpful to bring ideas and images: a photograph, drawing, or a picture from a magazine or book.

Over the course short demonstrations will be given. The emphasis is on learning basic techniques and creative self-discovery.  You will go home with your prints and lino printing plates.

Tuesdays
7th January – 11th February (6 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£90
BOOK HERE


 

 

 

 

MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHY with Don Murray

This is not your conventional photography course! Over six weeks we will explore how we can use photography as a mindful practice. We’ll do some mindfulness practices in class – short meditations you can do anytime and anywhere – as well as learning how to see the world in a slightly different way. By doing so, we add a bit of freshness and spontaneity to the act of creating a photograph. Each week we will explore a theme, learn about how to train our “good eye”, and we will have the chance to go out on to the streets to practice what we are learning. It will be fun, and the results might surprise you!

Please bring a digital camera of some sort. Phones are fine. You don’t require any prior experience of either mindfulness practices or photography. All participants in this course will have the chance to contribute to an exhibition of mindful photography early next year.

Wednesdays
8th January – 12th February (6 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£96
BOOK HERE


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
9th January – 13th February (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£90
BOOK HERE

Thursdays
27th February – 26th March (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£75
BOOK HERE


CREATIVE WRITING with Rob Smith

Do you have just too many words? Not enough words? Do your words not do just what you want them to?

Would you like to describe your world in a way that only you truly can?

This course is designed for anyone with a love or words and the desire to explore creative writing in all of its forms.

Perfect for new writers, writers with writers block, writers who may wish to discuss a work in progress or past students who want to refresh their memory, pick up where we left off last term and also continue to enjoy the benefits of being in a group of like minded people. In fact, this course is just perfect for everybody!!

Not only will learn how to write poetry, short stories, novels, in fact, any form of creative writing that interests you,  you will learn much more. Each lesson will be tailored to the needs of the class if possible.

Mondays
13th January – 23rd March (10 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£150
BOOK HERE

Saturdays
25th January – 28th March (10 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£150
BOOK HERE


BEYOND FIRST IMPRESSIONS: HISTORY OF ART 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
25th February – 24th March (5 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£75
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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