Art Workshops


Adult Art Workshops (short courses)

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

Art Workshops – January – March 2020


SKETCHBOOK WEEKEND with Colette Cameron

Including outdoor sketching in Weston Park

Two whole days learning the art of keeping a sketchbook! Saturday activities are based at The Art House and include exploring materials, approaches, and preparation. Sunday will be based in the Weston Park with inspiring activities to help you respond to the environment around you.

The focus is on creating lively, expressive sketches on a range of subject matter including trees, historic buildings and people so that you get the most from your sketchbook.

Sketchbook included. Suitable for beginners and the more advanced. This is an all-weather course, with shelter available in the event of poor conditions. Please dress appropriately.

“Looking at my sketches I’m amazed. I didn’t know I could draw like that –  it’s all down to Colette’s great teaching”

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February 
10.00am – 4.00pm

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd March
10.00am – 4.00pm

ABSTRACT ACRYLICS with Flora Menager

Is abstract painting an abstract concept that you’ve always wanted to learn but didn’t know where to begin? This workshop will teach you how.  As a starting point we will work from life then progress to working from imagination based on a concept and inspiration images.

  • The basics of abstraction – abstraction from life
  • Tapping into the sub-conscious
  • Composition – creating a unified picture
  •  Colour theory

‘An interesting and enjoyable experience.  Accessible to all abilities and with great support.’ (student)

Saturday 1st February
10.00am – 3.30pm


Learn to spin sheep fleece and other fibres to create unique, colourful and textured yarns that can then be used in your own knitting, crochet or craft projects.
In this workshop you will learn the basics of this ancient craft, including how to:
– spin using both a drop spindle and a spinning wheel
– sort a fleece
– card fleece into rolags ready for spinning

This workshop is suitable for beginners.

All materials and equipment are provided

Saturday 8th February
10.00am – 3.00pm

with Colette Cameron

During the day 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. Source material will be provided however you may wish to bring your own ideas and images: a photograph, drawing, or a picture from a magazine or book.

Demonstrations will be given for all stages. The emphasis is on learning basic techniques and creative self-discovery.  You will go home with your prints and lino printing plates.

Saturday 15th February
10.00am – 4.00pm

GELLI PRINTING with Vicky Platt

Gelli printing is a very enjoyable, easy and creative method of printmaking. Using stencils, found materials, stamps and small tools; we will create unique patterns on the Gelli plates which we will then transfer to a variety of papers. The colourful and expressive results can be printed over again, drawn into or used for collage to make complex and beautiful images.

Monday 17th February
10am – 1pm


Procreate is a fantastic app with many powerful features and can be confusing at first so this course is designed to give you a set of skills on which you can then build and use the more advanced features over time as you develop your personal artworks.

In this beginner’s course we will explore how to set up a “canvas”; what size images are required for use on the internet and for printing, how to organise artworks and export them to other media such as jpegs. We will delve into using layers, cut, copy and paste, how to navigate menus and use different brushes and the options for picking colours. We will also learn how to import and incorporate images from elsewhere. Each participant will make at least one image using these and other techniques which will be fully explained and demonstrated in the workshop. In this practical and hands on way, the exciting language of Procreate begins to become second nature, allowing more possibilities to be absorbed as you progress.

This class requires attendees to bring their own iPad with the Procreate app installed

Tuesday 18th February
10.30am – 12.30pm


In this workshop, watercolour and acrylic paint will be provided, but please feel free to bring your preferred media.
One long pose will give you the opportunity to complete a finished painting.

Suitable for those with previous experience.

Wednesday 19th February 2020
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Life Drawing, Art House SheffieldLIFE DRAWING DAY with John Kerr

One long pose, to enable a carefully observed and rendered drawing.
Aspects covered include basic anatomy, measuring/proportion, composition and tonal values (light and shade).

All basic drawing materials included and much individual support and guidance offered by an experienced tutor

This workshop will have a live model.  Suitable for all abilities.

Thursday 20th February
10am – 3pm


This intensive workshop offers complete beginners an introduction to oil painting and working from observation. You will be given practical advice such as choosing the right brushes, oil paints and setting out your palette.

Marcin begins by showing how to make meaningful sketches for paintings. You will be encouraged to observe the still life and experiment. Participants will focus on colour mixing, composition, form, tonal values, colour relationships and identification. This workshop is taught mostly on one to one basis with tutor coming around to each person helping them to overcome obstacles.

All materials are provided.

Saturday 22nd February 
10.00am – 3.30pm

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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