14 Jun

Our New Poole Weekly Art Lessons

The New Poole Classroom

The New Poole Classroom

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Poole art classes, held in the village of Lytchett Minster only few miles to the west of Poole town centre in Dorset.

We are teaching our tried and tested format of part-time 14 week long adult-only drawing and painting courses, covering tuition in a variety of different artistic mediums including watercolours, painting with acrylics using a range of specialist artist’s equipment such as palette knives as well as paint brushes, oil pastel and pencil drawing and sketching. In each beginner’s course, the tutor also covers in-depth the subject of what’s known as the colour wheel and the techniques used to mix your secondary and tertiary hues from your three primary paint colours of red, blue and yellow. We also demonstate the importance of tonal balance within your paintings and show you how this can be easily achieved.

In week 13 of every term we will then show you how to use a pastel coloured craft paper called sugar paper to temporarily mount your favourite pictures ready for a sociable and informal exhibition of the pupil’s work in week 14.

Our Poole classroom is a lovely bright space with plenty of free on-site parking for students, and has been recently modernised and re-decorated to include a new kitchen, ideal for course attendees to help themselves to coffee, tea and biscuits during their lesson.

… And it’s easily accessible by car and close to public transport for those who wish to come by bus too.

 

24 Nov

Our Salisbury Art Classes

The Seasons Art Class Salisbury, Wiltshire has recently amalgamated with us in Bournemouth and Christchurch to create one of the largest independent drawing and painting schools in central southern England.

Providing consistent, high quality art education to both beginners and more advanced students, our part-time Salisbury art courses are taught by Amanda, the same tutor who teaches our Christchurch lessons. This gives pupils a broader choice of venue and increased flexibilty as we are now providing 2 lessons a day for 3 days a week, with the opportunity to change from one classroom venue to another if you are unable to commit to a specific day for the full duration of the term.

All of our lessons offer the same curriculum and cover a range of painting and drawing mediums including watercolours, oil pastels, and acrylics, giving students the chance to be taught in media that they might not otherwise have tried at home… and without the expense of buying their own paints, brushes, pastels, drawing boards and other equipment first.

We hold 3 part-time beginner’s art classes in Salisbury a year with each one lasting 14 weeks and offering the chance to come back on future courses if you wish and progress to more advanced levels having been taught the techniques you need on the beginner’s foundation course.

Each lesson is capped at a maximum of about 20 students, split between the tutor and an additional classroom assistant which we have found provides more than enough cover to cater for any students requiring extra help.

If you would like more information, please feel free to call us on 01202-580909 and we’ll do all we can to answer your questions.

21 Jun

BBC Radio Solent Art Interview

BBC-Radio-SolentWe have been approached by BBC Radio Solent to conduct a live interview concerning the relationship between an art student’s age and the benefits of learning how to paint and draw.

This follows a discussion with the internationally acclaimed artist David Hockney. The Principal Tutor for our Bournemouth and Christchurch art classes, Amanda, talked live on air earlier today about the many positive benefits associated with art, particularly during retirement.

These include more than just meeting up with other like-minded students once a week who want to learn how to draw and paint and enjoy the social side of things. There are also positive links between taking up a new hobby such as painting and keeping the brain and memory active.

In fact we’ve had a number of pupils on our part-time Christchurch and Bournemouth art courses who have been recommended to attend art classes by their doctor following anything from depression to a stroke, and we frequently hear comments about how learning art has hugely improved their mental wellbeing.

A hobby such as watercolour painting, vibrant acrylics, or just sketching with a pencil can keep the mind active and help link up neurological pathways, and many pupils report switching off completely from other things going on in their lives while they are painting or drawing.

This can be a very effective way of relaxing while you concentrate on something other than the more mundane things that are inevitably part of everyday life.

So Amanda’s radio discussion provided a real insight into some of the unlikely but nevertheless positive aspects of joining a well-structured art class and learning how to draw or paint for the first time.

10 May

Christchurch Regatta Weekend

For the second year running, The Seasons Art Class in Christchurch and Bournemouth are sponsoring the summerChristchurch Regatta weekend rowing regatta that takes place on the River Stour, Dorset and is organised by the riverside venue in which we hold our weekly Christchurch art classes for beginners and more experienced artists.

This takes place on Saturday 4th June and attracts teams from throughout the region, with a barbeque, drinks bar and a range of entertainment catering for the whole family. Of course, the riverside setting provides a great backdrop for watercolour painting and sketching too, with some of our art students attending and capturing the days events with their pencils, paint brushes and palette knives!

Last year, the event proved a great success and we are proud to be able to associate our name with another prominent Christchurch attraction.

 

13 Feb

Bournemouth Venue Refurbished

Our Bournemouth Classroom

Our Bournemouth Classroom

The venue for our Bournemouth art courses has recently been fully refurbished, providing a first class, high specification setting for all of our painting and drawing classes.

The Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa (formerly the Cliffeside Hotel) is part of the Oceana Bournemouth Resort, a group of similarly modernised hotels, and is located right on the clifftop overlooking the bay and enjoying sea views from the Isle of Wight in the east to Old Harry Rocks and The Purbeck Hills in the west.

With a smart new reception foyer and bar area, the venue also includes a recently updated air conditioned function room in which we hold our Bournemouth painting classes. This double-aspect classroom enjoys plenty of natural light, an important consideration for an art course, and overlooks the sea.

With plenty of free car parking and a bus stop outside, access is easy from throughout the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area. And with the quality of both the venue and the high level of tuition from Amanda, our Principal Tutor, we draw in students from as far afield as Swanage, Blandford, Ferndown, Ringwood and even Salisbury, many of which join our classes as a result of a recommendation from family or close friends who have attended a previous course with us.

For more information on the venue or any other details of either our Bournemouth or Christchurch art classes, please feel free to call Adrian on 01202-580909 or Click Here to contact us by email if you prefer.

We look forward to hearing from you.

22 Sep

Tutor Amanda Cycles From London To Paris

Principal tutor of The Seasons Art Class in Christchurch and Bournemouth, Amanda, has taken a short break from her painting and sketching and cycled from London to Paris, raising money for the charity Bloodwise at the same time.

A keen cyclist, Amanda and her husband set off from London and finished in Paris just 4 days later, raising money for the charity set up in 1960 to fight blood cancer.

Many of our Bournemouth and Christchurch students sponsored her in her challenge and the short video below talks a little more about what they all got up to.

Well done Amanda!
 

 

25 May

Christchurch Rowing Club Regatta

Christchurch Rowing Club LogoWe are delighted to have sponsored one of the races in the Christchurch Rowing Regatta which took place on Saturday 23rd May.

We supported the Masters Ladies Fours in which teams from Christchurch, Poole and Southampton competed for the Mike Wall trophy. Others clubs taking place in the event included Lymington, Itchen, Westover, Coalporters, and crews from the Isle of Wight.

Christchurch Rowing Club was founded 67 years ago and has grown into a competitive and popular club for men and women of all ages and abilities. Their clubhouse is situated directly on the banks of the River Stour and enjoys fantastic views both up and downstream. In fact, this is the venue in which we hold our Christchurch painting and drawing classes and has proved to be very popular with our students, offering free parking and lots of natural light.

The host club won the event which was the first of the year, and further heats will be held throughout the summer season in the Dorset and Hampshire area.

The Clubhouse On The River Stour

 

 

20 Feb

New Seasons Art Class Van

Our New Van

The Seasons Art Class in Christchurch and Bournemouth have recently purchased another brand new van to help transport the increasingly large amount of equipment and painting materials that are needed for every lesson.

As you would expect, the van has been professionally signwritten with the logo, telephone number, email address and other relevent information clearly displayed, and we have already had a number of enquiries about our painting and drawing courses from students who have made contact with us as a result.

Adrian Kay from The Seasons Art Class comments “We do everything we can to present a professional image, not just within the classroom but in everything we do. The van is just another extension of this and makes it that little bit easier for potential pupils to make contact with us if they are interested in getting more information about our Bournemouth and Christchurch art courses“.

If you keep your eyes open you may well spot us on our travels. If you do, we’d love to hear from you!

 

15 Dec

Part-Time Christchurch Art Course

Our New Classroom

The Rowing Club Where We Hold Our New Courses

Following on from the considerable success our painting and drawing courses have enjoyed in Bournemouth, we have now decided to start offering our part-time art classes in Christchurch as well.

The new term started in November and runs through to March, and the curriculum is exactly the same as the tried and tested formula that has worked so well in Bournemouth, catering for both complete beginners who have never picked up a paint brush or pencil before and more experienced returning artists who have attended our foundation course too.

The venue for our new art courses is Christchurch Rowing Club, Wick Lane, BH23 1HU, a beautifully located building right on the banks of the River Stour and enjoying far-reaching views both up and downstream. A car park adjoins the classroom and is available for pupils to use while they are attending their lessons.

Amanda our Principal Tutor will also be teaching our Christchurch art classes and Adrian will continue to provide additional classroom support as well, meaning there’s an excellent pupil to teacher ratio.

The class size is limited to a maximum of about 20 people to ensure there is always plenty of time available to help those pupils that might need a bit of extra tuition, and there are a choice of either morning and afternoon sessions, each of which last 3 hours.

If you would like to find out more about what we get up to, please feel free to call Adrian on 01202-580909. We would love to hear from you!

 

14 Jul

Dorset Society Magazine Feature

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Dorset Society Magazine attended the recent art exhibition we held to mark the end of our Spring art course in Bournemouth, complete with a photographer who took pictures of some of the people in attendance.

They have uploaded some of these shots onto their website, before featuring the event in their printed magazine.

Oil Pastel Lion

An Oil Pastel Painting By One Of Our Beginner Students

The event was visited by about 200 students, visitors and guests from the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area, together with Rob Benepal, the Chairman of Bournemouth Round Table, a club which supports local worthy causes.

The feedback we received went way beyond what we could ever have expected and even resulted in some of the visitors booking onto future drawing and painting classes with us. We hold a similar gallery-style exhibition at the end of all of our Poole, Christchurch and Bournemouth art classes and it provides a relaxed and sociable conclusion to each course, allowing pupils and their friends and invited guests to mingle and talk about the lessons, what they were able to achieve in class, and what they wish to do with their new-found painting and drawing skills in the future.

The media on display included pencil drawings, oil pastel paintings covering a selection of different projects, watercolour landscapes, birds and delicate flower petals using wet-on-wet watercolour techniques and other effects, and everything from abstract art to landscapes and trees in acrylic paint too.

The variety was tremendous and the students excelled themselves, producing an exceptionaly high standard of work which got better and better as the course progressed. In fact one of the pupils in the beginners art class even sold two of her paintings during the exhibition — a real compliment I’m sure you’ll agree!