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.

 

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.

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!

 

04 Jun

New Course Starting Soon

Floral Watercolour

Learn How To Paint Delicate Watercolours

Great news for local residents in the Bournemouth area looking for something fun to do over the next few months — There is a 14 week part-time art class (3 hours a week, mornings or afternoons) starting soon, close to the centre of Bournemouth.

There’s easy access by bus (Yellow Buses Route 33), or free parking available if you come by car. The course is designed for absolute beginners who have never picked up a paint brush or pencil before, through to ‘improvers’ who have some experience of learning how to paint and draw but want to improve on what they have already been taught.

 

Step-By-Step Guidance

We adapt to each student’s needs and give them all the guidance and help they require to develop their artistic skills. The curriculum is fun, comprehensive and interesting with practical demonstrations, detailed tuition, and full colour printed notes available at the end of each lesson for pupils to take home with them.

Over the 14 weeks of each term, we will explore 4 different media including:

•   Pencil drawing and sketching
•   Oil pastel painting and blending techniques
•   Watercolour painting
•   Abstract and traditional art using acrylic paints

You’ll receive step-by-step teaching in the basic techniques, together with all the tips and secrets necessary to create beautiful and unique pieces of art.

By the end of the course you’ll have created a minimum of 8 pieces of your very own original artwork to take home with you, from watercolour landscapes, to abstract acrylic paintings, seaside vistas, wildlife, delicate flowers, and a variety of other studies.

 

Meet New Friends

Bournemouth Painting Lessons

Some Of Our Bournemouth Students

These relaxed and sociable lessons are a great way to learn new artistic and creative skills you’ll be able to then take with you and enjoy forever. And you’ll also get to meet new friends and have some fun at the same time… an experience you’ll cherish and remember for a very long time.

These classes are open to adults of all ages and are a great way to learn a new hobby, whether you’re a working mum who can spare 3 hours once a week, or someone who is newly retired and wants to meet new friends and learn a new skill at the same time.

The final day of each course encourages you to display your artwork in a relaxed and sociable exhibition that we hold for students and their friends and family. This is always popular, and provides a great way to round off your three and a half months with us.

Limited Places Available

To maintain a high standard and ensure that each pupil receives the individual attention they require the classes are deliberately kept small, and as a result the spaces available are limited.

Our art classes in Bournemouth are nearly always booked up well in advance, with many current and former pupils also pre-booking further tuition together with some of the friends they’ve made during their time with us.

Booking in advance is essential, and if you are interested in learning more, please call us for a chat on 01202-580909 or Click Here To Email Us

We look forward to your call and will do our very best to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

21 May

Spring Painting Course News

Press Release

Bournemouth Art Students

A Few Of Our Pupils

The Seasons Art Class is nearing the end of its 14 week long part-time Spring painting course in Bournemouth and will soon be holding an exhibition of the student’s work.

Adrian Kay from The Seasons Art Class commented “This is the first course we have held in Bournemouth and we’ve been really delighted with the feedback. We were over-subscribed and in the end we had to limit the numbers, but we’re finding that many of the pupils have already booked onto future courses with us, and recommended us to their friends as well. I couldn’t be happier with the way things have turned out and I’m delighted with the quality of work that the pupils are producing. It gets better and better each week”.

Adrian went on to mention that the tuition is ideal for both complete beginners who have never had any drawing or painting lessons before, and those artists who have already had some training in the past but now want to improve and progress onto the next stage.

 

The Teaching Format

Each term lasts for a total of 14 weeks with students attending one 3 hour class a week, covering everything from pencil drawing and sketching, to blending and painting with oil pastels, watercolours and acrylics. And each week builds on what the students have already been taught and follows a structured but relaxed format, enabling them to quickly develop and have fun at the same time.

Amanda the principal tutor patiently talks the students through each project and then provides a step-by-step demonstration which the class copy under her close supervision, offering extra help and adapting to each pupil’s needs when required so that everyone produces a finished painting they are proud of.

And to help them on their way, everyone is given a set of full colour printed notes at the end of each session to remind them of what they have been shown that day.

Adrian says “They finish every lesson on a real high, genuinely amazed at what they’ve been able to paint, and the written notes we give out encourage them to practice when they get home if they want to”.

With a friendly, sociable atmosphere that is both welcoming and professional, the classes are proving a real success, and are a great way to meet new friends too.

The Summer Course which is open to adults of all ages, is due to start in Bournemouth soon and places are still available for both the morning and afternoon sessions. If you would like to come along and join in the fun, you can find out more by telephoning 01202-580909.

 

26 Mar

Our First Bournemouth Art Class

Graphite Sketch

A Graphite Sketch

The Seasons Art Class in Bournemouth started its first part-time 14 week foundation drawing and painting course for beginners on Tuesday 18th March, with the initial feedback exceeding all expectations!

The course was over-subscribed meaning we had to restrict the number of students that were able to attend, but with our next art classes beginning on Tuesday 22nd July, there is not too long for the disappointed ones to wait!

The conservatory adjoining The Suncliff Hotel on the clifftop in Bournemouth proved to be a fantastic choice of venue, full of natural light and offering the space we needed to make sure all the pupils could easily see everything that Amanda, the class tutor, was teaching them.

Together with Amanda, Adrian provided additional classroom support, ensuring that any students who were struggling or had any questions were helped to master the various techniques, finishing the first lesson with a proper understanding of everything they had been shown.

The first module included tuition in some of the more basic but nevertheless essential drawing techniques that artists need to master if they are to progress to the next level. For example, we covered everything from basic mark-making using different pencil hardnesses, through to ‘setting a ground’, accurately representing light and dark shade, highlighting positive and negative areas on the paper, creating depth, understanding ellipses and how they change as the horizon line alters, and a range of other skills using nothing more than A3 cartridge paper, a sketch book, HB, 2B and 4B pencils, and an eraser.

Many students commented on how surprised they were at some of the effects that could be created using these materials, even by complete beginners.

With lesson 2 covering formal one point perspective and enlarging a picture using a simple grid, (together with a quick recap on what was taught in lesson 1), we are sure the pupils will be able to build on what they now already know, helping them on their exciting journey towards learning how to paint and draw successfully over the weeks ahead.