Art Courses

 

Adult Art Courses

Please note, due to Covid-19 health crisis, the Art House is closed to the public, and some classes have been, or will be, postponed. Please continue to book your classes and purchase vouchers in the meantime! And join our Facebook group The Big Art Lock In to help stay connected and creative.


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.


ONLINE (ZOOM) ART COURSES


ART TALKS with Mark Beachell

Mark read art history at Cambridge prior to taking a masters in contemporary fine art practice. Now a lecturer in visual studies across a range of disciplines and institutions alongside a highly diverse multidisciplinary practice. This ranges from working in techniques that would be recognised in the renaissance through to creating sculpture from satellite data.

Course aim
Participants will gain a historical perspective on how movements in (western) art reflect the dominant ideas of the time.
Further you will gain critical perspectives about how we judge art. what makes good art? What is art for? How is it actually made? You will see beautiful things and you will see challenging things and be able to make an informed judgement about them.

Format
A presentation on a topic with a live commentary. participants are encouraged to participate just as you would in an informal discussion around a table or in a gallery space. The tone of the session is to make the topic as accessible, sociable and straightforward as can be.

Who’s it for?
Anyone with an interest in art or culture in general. If you enjoy looking at paintings, sculpture, buildings, furniture, films… This course gives you a straightforward, down to earth insight into a breadth of creative output and will change how you view the world.

Session 1
P
eriod style classical to postmodernism
The first session is about period style. It will actually focus on architecture. We take the idea that a building is an idea made concrete. This is so you can learn the styles that cut across all culture. at the end of the session you will know: Classicism, Romanesque, Gothic, renaissance, baroque, rococo, neoclassical, eclectic, arts and crafts, art nouveau, art deco, modernism, postmodern, and whatever nameless mess we are in today. I can show slides and you can heckle/ contribute/ ask awkward questions…

Session 2
Period style in western painting
The second session will look at how the arts follow the same pattern, It follows that all the things that you would find in a building would look like they belonged in it. So western painting broadly conforms to the same rules of period style that we see in architecture. The same goes for the decorative arts of course. All creative output reflects the predominant ideas and values of the time. We will see how painting reflects the same ideas as are embodied in the buildings it is situated in.

Session 3
Post impressionism to late modernity. (The isms )
The closer we get to our era the more complex and fragmented the art world gets. This is when the schools or isms predominate. ( post impressionism, expressionism, surrealism…)  we will discuss how responding to the modern world split artists into camps about what art is for. you may drink Absinth mid session.

Session 4
What is Modern art for?
Now on session 4 things get interesting, I expect heckling to flare up here. Another take on modernity focusing on the more challenging expressions of art and the debates around what art for the modern world should be for. You can smoke French cigarettes here.

Session 5
Contemporary art. Trying to make sense of now.
Continuing the theme of how 20th Century modernist perspectives have established practices which are now the mainstay of contemporary art. after this session you may wear a cravat.

Session 6
Artists researchers.
This session will look at intellectually driven ideas in art introducing the idea of the artist as a researcher. Turtle necks are recommended.

Thereafter, safe in the knowledge that we know the big picture and can confidently bring an informed understanding to anything we see. we can look at specific timeless themes in art like ideas of beauty or the representation of gardens, art and film, colour, physical landscape as art…

”It was excellent. Mark’s a great presenter…made the whole thing feel very relaxed and learnt loads. All the technology worked really well. Looking forward to next week” (participant comment)

Thursday evenings
14th May – 11th June (6 weeks)

£25 for all sessions, or £8 per individual session

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DRAWING


LEARNING TO DRAW with Colette Cameron
POSTPONED

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”

Mondays 
20th April – 18th May (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£75

1st June – 20th July (8 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£120

Wednesdays
15th April – 20th May (6 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£90


BEGINNER’S DRAWING TECHNIQUES
POSTPONED

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 April – 12th May (5 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£95

Wednesdays 
15th April – 20th May (6 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
£90

3rd June – 15th Jul (7 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
£105

3rd June – 12th July (7 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£105


LIFE DRAWING
POSTPONED

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 
15th April – 20th May (6 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£125

3rd June – 15th July (7 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£150


ILLUSTRATING CHILDREN’S BOOKS
POSTPONED

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
15th April – 20th May (6 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£115


EXPERIMENTAL FIGURE DRAWING
POSTPONED 

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 April – 20th May (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£105


DRAWING FOR THE TERRIFIED PART 1 with Anna Massey
POSTPONED

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 
1st June – 6th July (6 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£90


PAINTING


WATERCOLOUR FOR BEGINNERS
POSTPONED

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
20th April – 18th May (5 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£75

1st June – 20th July (8 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£120

Tuesdays
2nd June – 21st July (8 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£150



WATERCOLOURS FOR THE TERRIFIED PART 2 with Anna Massey
POSTPONED

This 5 week follow on to ‘Watercolours for the Terrified part I’ is suitable for those who have completed the first course or who have done a similar course or ‘dabbled’ at home.

Over the 5 weeks we will create step by step pieces to take home each week covering a variety of subjects including a landscape, a seascape, flowers 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 £3.00 for whole course. (recommended)

Mondays
20th April – 18th May (5 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£75


BEGINNERS WATERCOLOUR TECHNIQUES with John Kerr
POSTPONED

This relaxed, introductory course is suitable for anyone looking to take their first steps in painting. No need to have picked up a brush before! The weekly techniques will include:

  • Setting out
  • Composition
  • Colour theory
  • Colour washes
  • Textures

Thursdays 
16th April – 21st May (6 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
£90

4th June – 16th July (7 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
£105


BEGINNERS ACRYLICS: SEASONAL LANDSCAPES with Mark Beachell
POSTPONED

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
14th April – 19th May (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£90

2nd June – 7th July (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£90


CREATIVE STEPS
POSTPONED

A Foundation in Art. Try something new each week: – find your strengths and discover your media of choice.

Two tutors will guide you through some of the diverse world of painting and drawing in a set series of one day courses over a six week period.

Week one. – OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING with John Kerr
Improve your observational drawing skills with a still life. How to use line. Shading to create volume.

Week two – CREATIVE COLLAGE with Mark Beachell
How to use collage techniques to create art works, or to use collage as part of your creative process in developing painting compositions. 

Week three – WATERCOLOR PAINTING with John Kerr
An introduction to the fascinating medium of watercolour. Discover the numerous techniques that will improve your painting.

Week four – PAINTING IN EGG TEMPERA with Mark Beachell
Using an ancient medium to explore how to use colour in vivid contemporary ways.

Week five – OIL PAINTING with John Kerr
Try your hand at oil painting and learn the traditional techniques associated with one of the oldest painting media.

Wednesdays
15th April – 20th May (6 weeks)
1.00pm – 3.00pm
£90


ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS OIL PAINTING with Marcin Szuba
POSTPONED

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.

A still life will be set up in the space for you to work from and these sessions will be taught largely on one to one basis to help you build confidence.

This course is suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to those with more experience.  All materials are provided.

Wednesdays
1st July – 15th July (3 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£65


THE ART OF WATERCOLOUR with John Kerr
POSTPONED

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
16th April – 21st May (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£90

4th June – 25th June (4 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£60


INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING WITH EGG TEMPERA with Mark Beachell
POSTPONED

An exciting and rare opportunity to learn how to paint with egg tempera.
This medium is best known in the luminous and other worldly renaissance paintings of Sandro Botticelli. Modern painters such as Andrew Wyeth have revived this ancient medium, being drawn to its unique qualities. This course will teach you about creating paints from pigments and egg mediums and how these intense colours can be applied to a gesso ground to create unique effects.
Subject matter can range from landscape, portraiture and still life.

One to one practical instruction will ensure that this course will suit absolute beginners or established artists alike.

We will only be using free range, high welfare eggs

Thursdays 
16th April – 21st May (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£90


MIXED & OTHER MEDIA


CREATIVE WRITING with Rob Smith
POSTPONED

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
20th April – 29th June* (10 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£150

*Please note there was a misprint in our term guide and the course runs until 29th June not 20th July, we apologise for this error.


TRAVELS WITH A SKETCHBOOK with Colette Cameron
POSTPONED

Mondays
20th April – 18th May (5 weeks)
3.30pm – 5.30pm
£75

1st June – 20th July (8 weeks)
3.30pm – 5.30pm
£120


ART HISTORY: IMPRESSIONISM & BEYOND with Janice Speddings
POSTPONED

In this 5-week course we will chart the progress of Western art and its history from Post-Impressionism to the mid-20th century, discovering intriguing facts about a number of artists along the way. Colour and pigment, new artistic techniques and theories of the early 20th century, Women Artists, and a variety of topics around a Hundred Years of British Art will also be covered.  As before, the course consists of a mixture of teaching, group work and time to work on your own.

As our journey spans more modern times, copyright issues restrict the copying of images while still allowing us to view them in books and online. There will be some reference books, articles, permitted images and a laptop available for use in sessions but please feel free to bring along your own Wi-fi device if you wish, so that you can access more art images online. Free Wi-fi is available.

Tuesdays
14th April – 12th May (5 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£75


THE ART OF INTERIOR DESIGN with Mark Beachell
POSTPONED

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
4th June – 9th July (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£90


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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