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Who are the classes suitable for?

What do you teach?

What is each lesson like?

What if I have to miss a lesson?

What materials do I need to bring?

What is in the Beginners Pack?

Which days of the week are the classes held?

How much does the course cost?

Sounds great, where do I sign up?

Who are the classes suitable for?

The 10 week Art Course is tailored for adult beginners as well as for students who have already done some art and thus consider themselves an intermediate. The class is ‘in-person’ with a group of like-minded students, all ready to learn, make new friends, and have a great time.

If you aren’t sure whether to join as a beginner or intermediate, get in touch and we’ll discuss your needs. We are learner focused and will help you on your personal journey.

What do you teach?

Beginners will spend some time learning the basics such as mark making, perspective, creating form, shading and blending, introduction to portraiture. We have lots of students who keep on coming back as they enjoy it so much, so intermediate students will join the current students in their projects, which are a little more advanced.

Students get to explore and develop their skills using a wide range of media on every course, including pencil, charcoal, watercolour and acrylics. We help students use the tools, understand how they work and how to use different techniques to achieve different effects. We also use other media such as pastels, watercolour pencils, gouache, coloured pencils, ink, and more, each term varies.

Students find it very beneficial to learn from others. Every term we teach students how another artist may have created their painting. Students get to learn new techniques which helps them explore and adapt to find their own style rather than aspiring to replicate a photo, which is near impossible and can be quite disheartening.  Did you know that the masters copied other artists?  It’s one of the best ways to learn and is normal practice for all budding artists.

What is each lesson like?

Each 3 hour lesson commences with a live demonstration on how to do the project, this is followed by lots of 1 to 1 help from us (at least one tutor and one assistant) showing you how to adjust your drawings and paintings as we steer you through your projects. In addition, we give students documents in class, including step by step instructions, reminders, helpful tips and tricks sheets and a selection of references to use in class to support them with their project.  There are complementary refreshments; tea, coffee and biscuits available halfway through so that students can take a break from their painting, chat to their new friends and come back with fresh eyes.

What if I have to miss a lesson?

We also record the demonstration and email a copy of the video to all students, which is extremely helpful when students miss lessons due to holidays or appointments etc. Students find this very valuable as they can revisit the documents and videos at home whenever they want to, thus helping with their learning. The course fee is for their space on the course, we’re unable to offer drop in sessions or refunds for missed lessons.

What materials do I need to bring?

All the paint, brushes and tools needed will be there waiting for you to use in class so you don’t have to bring your own. Students love that it’s all set out for them when they arrive. The only things we don’t supply are the paper and pencils. Students prefer to have the paper and pencils to take home and keep (we keep all the other materials in class) You may have these at home but if not, we do sell a Beginners Pack that contains all of that, so you don’t need to worry about getting it together before the start of the course.

What is in the Beginners Pack?

A pencil case containing 4 different pencils, sharpener, and an eraser. There is also a ruler, a hardbacked A4 sketchbook with 220gsm paper for all that practicing, a bundle of A3 specialist paper for each of the course projects, all in a transparent carrycase.

Which days of the week are the classes held?

There are 3 locations and on different days (each lesson is 3 hours):~

  • Basingstoke, Hampshire (RG22 2BJ) Mondays either morning (9.30am til 12.30pm) or afternoon (1.30pm til 4.30pm)
  • Horsham, West Sussex (RH12 5JF) Tuesdays either morning (10am til 1pm) or afternoon (2pm til 5pm)
  • Horsham, West Sussex (RH12 5JF) Wednesdays morning only (9.30am til 12.30pm)
  • Newbury, Berkshire (RG14 2DR) Thursdays either morning (10am til 1pm) or afternoon (2pm til 5pm)

How much does the course cost?

The whole 10 week course costs £275 (The beginners pack is £25 but is optional as you may have these things knocking around at home – see above for contents).

Sounds great, where do I sign up?

Head over to our ‘enrol’ page to find which courses are running and book your space.  If the classes are full, please do contact us to get added to a priority list where you’ll be given a ‘heads up’ when tickets go on sale for the following course.