Art Workshops


Adult Art Workshops (short 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.

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


Click here to find more information and to register your interest in workshops in letterpress printing.

with Colette Cameron

Including outdoor sketching in Weston Park

Two whole days to delve into a sketchbook! Saturday is spent exploring sketchbook approaches and materials indoors, Sunday is spent outside exploring subject matter including, historic buildings, nature, people, what ever you are interested in – The focus is on creating lively, expressive sketches, and there is cover and indoor options so this weekend is excellent whatever the weather

“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”

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.

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

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.

Wednesday 8th April POSTPONED
10.00am – 4.00pm

TROPICAL BIRDS with Anna Massey

On this one day workshop you will learn how to use oil pastels to draw tropical birds in rich saturated colours. Parrots, toucans, macaws and other brightly coloured birds (and animals) are well suited to this intensely coloured medium. You will be taught tips and tricks of how to use oil pastels to build up blended effects and feathery textures and will complete a finished piece to take home.
Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Saturday 28th March POSTPONED
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

STAR DRAWS with Carl Flint

Are you a fan of science fiction and fantasy? The Art House presents its first SF-themed life drawing class suitable for both beginners and experienced students alike.
This your chance to draw a Star Wars storm trooper from life. Poses will be of varying lengths to give you chance to familiarise yourself with the subject.
Hosted by Carl-Gon Flint, this class gives participants an ideal opportunity to practice drawing from a costumed model in a friendly and supportive environment. Basic materials are provided but students are very welcome to bring their own equipment.
“We would be honoured if you would join us.”

Saturday 28th March POSTPONED

2.00pm – 4.00pm


Learn how to make your own rag rug using traditional hooking and prodding techniques.

We will explore how to make rag rugs with a variety of recycled materials and how to create different effects using rag rugging tools. During the workshop you will design and start creating your own small rag rug or cushion, you will need to complete your project at home.

All materials and equipment will be supplied. Bring your own pieces of fabric or other re-used and recycled materials to use, if desired.

Suitable for all abilities.

Monday 30th March POSTPONED
10am – 4pm

LIFE DRAWING DAY with Colette Cameron

Explore Life Drawing using tone, line and shape to create form. We will use side lighting to bring more dramatic tonal variation to the poses, and work with charcoal and paint.

Thursday 2nd April POSTPONED
10am – 3pm

FAIR ISLE KNITTING with Tracey Doxey

This is a design, skills-based workshop where you will learn the skills and gain experience to enable you to blend colours and design your own samples of Shetland traditional tree and star yoke pattern.

Experience level: Anyone who can knit and wants to learn more.

All materials are included

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Saturday 4th April POSTPONED
10.30am – 3.00pm

Tapestry Weaving with Dee Sayce

Learn the craft of tapestry weaving to create your own sampler, wall hanging or small purse/bag. In this workshop you will learn the basics of tapestry weaving including, how to:
weave using a tapestry frame/loom
learn tapestry stitches and techniques
use a variety of colours, textures and materials to design your own project
This workshop aims to teach you the basics of weaving in the hope that you will gain the basic knowledge and confidence to continue to weave at home.
This workshop is suitable for beginners, materials and equipment are provided

Thursday 2nd April POSTPONED
10am – 4pm


Screen printing does not have to involve lots of technical equipment and expense!  On this workshop you will learn how to screen print using your own homemade embroidery hoop silkscreen. Sam will teach you two different screen printing techniques – screen-printing using a screen block and screen printing using stencils – to produce a range of simple one-colour prints onto paper and fabric.
At the end of the workshop you will have a fabulous range of colourful screen printed designs to take home and frame.

Saturday 11th April POSTPONED
10am – 4pm

with Sam Groom

On this creative workshop you will carve a design into into an ‘easy carve’ block using lino cutting tools and then create some simple stamps to compliment your block. You can try a range of colourful fabric printing inks to print your blocks and stamps onto a section of fabric before you produce your design onto either a t-towel or tote bag.

Saturday 18th July  POSTPONED
10am – 4pm


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 6th June POSTPONED
10.00am – 3.30pm

NATURAL DYEING with Dee Sayce 

Learn how to use tried and tested techniques to dye fabric and yarn using natural dyes. The dye colours are created using leaves, flowers, roots, tree bark and kitchen waste.  During the dyeing process we will make use of mordants to extend the variety of colours.  The dyes will be used to produce samples of which you can take home. Bring small amounts of your own yarn or fabric which you can add to the dye pots, (optional). Learn the basics of natural dyeing and go home with the knowledge and confidence to make your own dyes to use in the future.

This workshop is suitable for beginners.

All materials and equipment supplied.

Saturday 13th June POSTPONED
10.00am – 4.00pm


This one day workshop aims to help beginner and intermediate participants build confidence by providing tips and techniques to help in representing not one, but two figures! We’ll have the pleasure of working with lovely models Ruth and Richard.

Structured course with exercises, tips and tailored guidance.

Setting out techniques; composition
Proportions of the body
Charcoal techniques
Exploring quality of line and mark making
Lights and darks – creating 3 dimensional value

Saturday 20th June POSTPONED
10.00am – 4.00pm


“No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone.” – Oscar Wilde

Join me and unleash your creativity on this fun exploratory one day workshop where you’ll learn watercolour and mixed media techniques to better represent birds and insects. Birds are a great source of inspiration, they have fascinated us for centuries, what better way to pay homage to them then to paint them! I will provide a variety of inspiration photographs but you are welcome to bring along your own to the sessions.

All abilities are welcome – course is suitable for absolute beginners. No need to have ever picked up a brush before.


  • Tips on how to draw birds and insects
  • Using colour to create three dimensional forms
  • Capturing movement & stillness
  • Watercolour, oil pastel and ink painting techniques

Image Credit: Participant Artwork, Ellie I.

Saturday 4th July POSTPONED
10.00am – 3.30pm


Participants will be taught a variety of drawing and coloured pastel techniques to represent the figure.  This class is ideal for students who are interested in improving these skills and who want to practice using colour. All skill levels are welcome to this class and guidance will be given at all stages.


  • Setting out techniques
  • Pastel techniques
  • Colour theory
  • Exploring quality of line and tonal value

Saturday 11th July POSTPONED
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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