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

 


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.

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

You can also book this class as individual sessions here:
3rd February BOOK HERE
10th February 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 
24th February – 23rd March (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£75
BOOK HERE

Wednesdays
26th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
FULLY BOOKED

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 
26th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£95
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
25th February – 24th March (5 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£95
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 

 


DRAWING 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 


ACRYLIC TECHNIQUES: 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

Saturdays 
29th February – 14th March (3 weeks)
1.30am – 4.00pm
£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 
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 
26th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
1.00pm – 3.00pm
£75
BOOK HERE


THE ART OF WATERCOLOUR with 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
27th February – 26th March (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£75
BOOK HERE


WATERCOLOURS FOR BEGINNERS with John Kerr

Learn how to paint using watercolour. Explore the properties of this fascinating medium and create your own pictures in a series of easy to follow step by step instruction.

Participants will learn basic watercolour techniques and create a number of experiments as well as finished pieces.  The course will include techniques and experiments to build your confidence in watercolour painting, including:

  • Wet on wet techniques
  • Wet on dry techniques
  • Masking techniques
  • Colour palette
  • Shading and light
  • Layering

Thursdays
27th February – 26th March (5 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
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

Using mixed media (inks and  acrylic) participants will learn experimental portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better draw and paint people through the practice of self-portraiture and a life model.

* This course is suitable for absolute beginners.

Syllabus:
–    Mapping light and dark values
–     Acrylic and inks painting techniques: how and when to use them
–    Blending, direct painting and glazing
–    Colour theory

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


 


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