Art Courses

 

Adult Art Courses – Autumn 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 Courses – October – December 2019


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
INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS
23rd October 4.00pm – 6.00pm BOOK HERE


WATERCOLOURS FOR THE TERRIFIED (Part 2)
with Anna Massey

This 6 week course follows on from ‘Watercolours for the Terrified part I’ and is suitable for those who have completed a short beginners watercolours course or learnt the basics at home.

Over the 6 weeks we will create step by step pieces to take home each week covering a variety of subjects including a landscape, a seascape, flowers, animals, and even an introduction to a face. You will practice and refine the techniques learnt on the first course and learn some exciting new ones too.

All materials provided but good quality watercolour paper is available to purchase from the tutor for £3.50 for whole course. (recommended)

Mondays
10.00am – 12.00pm
4th November – 9th December (6 weeks)
FULLY BOOKED


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
4th November – 16th December (7 weeks)
3.30pm – 5.30pm
£105
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
4th November – 16th December (7 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£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
4th November – 16th December
6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
£132
BOOK HERE!

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


Mark Beachell, Art House SheffieldABSOLUTE BEGINNERS: ACRYLIC PAINTING
‘SEASONAL LANDSCAPES’ with Mark Beachell
Mark will lead you through the techniques of artists such as Turner, David Hockney, the Impressionists and lesser known but local artists such as Stanley Royle.

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 for beginners and onwards.

“Mark is very informative on both a “how to” level and an “art history” level. The sessions were very productive and I hope they’ll be a springboard to doing more stuff at home.”

Tuesdays
5th November – 17th December (7 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£105
BOOK HERE!


 

THE ART OF 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
10.00am – 12.00pm
6th November – 11th December (6 weeks)
£90
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.

Wednesdays
6th November – 18th December (7 weeks)
1.00pm – 3.00pm
£105
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:
6th November BOOK HERE
13th November BOOK HERE
20th November BOOK HERE
27th November BOOK HERE
4th December BOOK HERE
11th December BOOK HERE


LIFE DRAWING
with John Kerr and Mark Beachell

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.  Suitable for all abilities

 

Wednesdays
6th November – 18th December (7 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£126
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!


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!

Thursdays
7th November – 12th December (6)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£105
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
7th November – 12th December (6)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£90
BOOK HERE!


BEGINNERS DRAWING TECHNIQUES with Flora Menager
In 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

“This course was so relaxing, it was nice to carry out an activity with no pressure. I really enjoyed working with different materials, which were all explained in a clear and fun way. I learned a lot”

This course will cover:

  • Setting out techniques and composition
  • Exploring quality of line and mark making
  • Perspective
  • Adding value: light and dark
  • Using colour

Tuesdays
12th November – 17th December  (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£114
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


FESTIVE MOSAICS with Diana Storey

On this course you will learn how to design, create and grout a mosaic work of art!

We will use a variety of shapes and sizes as your base , and learn how to use tile nippers and glass cutters to cut ceramics , tiles and glass to piece together a beautiful festive mosaic to take home or give as a gift at Christmas !

 

 

Fridays
22nd November – 20th December (5 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
£90

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
29th November – 19th December (4 weeks)
£65
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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