Before we consider a premises as suitable for our art courses, it must first meet a number of strict criteria.
For example, there needs to be ample free on-site parking available, it must be located on or very close to a bus route, the room needs to have plenty of space and natural light, offer a welcoming atmosphere, and be available for us to use all year round.
Our central Bournemouth art courses are held in The Ocean Suite at the Ocean Beach Hotel and Spa (formerly the Cliffeside Hotel), East Overcliff Drive, BH1 3AQ.
This clifftop location close to the centre of town benefits from sweeping sea views around much of the bay, and the elegant, refurbished room in which the lessons are held is air-conditioned and enjoys direct access to a large terrace overlooking the swimming pool and the sea beyond.
There is plenty of free car parking available for students to both the front and rear, and if you wish to use public transport, a bus stop is located right outside (Route 33 operated by Yellow Buses). This service runs from the town centre along the East Overcliff Drive, through Boscombe and Littledown, Iford, Pokesdown, Southbourne, Hengistbury Head and Christchurch on a regular basis, all year round.
Our Christchurch painting and drawing courses are held at Christchurch Rowing Club, Wick Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1HU.
The clubhouse enjoys a fantastic location on the banks of the River Stour, with views both up and downstream from the classroom and the large first floor balcony which leads off it.
There is free on-site parking which our students are welcome to use while they are in class, and the venue is very close to the bus stop at the junction of Wick Lane and St Margaret’s Avenue if you prefer to arrive by public transport. This is on the Yellow Bus Route 33 service which runs from Bournemouth town centre through Boscombe, Southbourne, Littledown and Hengistbury Head, connecting with Christchurch town centre.
Access to the classroom can also be reached by an electric stairlift.
Poole Course Venue
Our new weekly Poole art courses are based in a recently refurbished hall a few miles to the west of Poole town centre, close to the northern borders of Upton. The address is CJ’s Youth Centre, Lytchett Minster Parish Church, Dorchester Road, Lytchett Minster, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6JE.
It is close to a regular bus service, and a large car park adjoins the building which is available for students to use free of charge while they are on the course.
This bright and airy building has plenty of windows and incorporates a feature vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and trusses, all painted in white to help reflect the light. The kitchen has also been recently refitted and contains everything we need to provide free tea, coffee and biscuits for our pupils.
It’s the perfect place to hold our drawing and painting lessons for both beginners and more experienced students alike, and the map below will show you exactly how to find it.
Our art classes in Salisbury are held close to the city centre in the Harnham Memorial Hall, Watersmeet Road, East Harnham, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 8JH. This is situated on the right hand side of the main A3094 which runs west from the outskirts of the city towards Netherhampton.
Built in 1920 and run for the benefit of the community by a local charity, this is a spacious venue with plenty of natural light and free car parking for the use of pupils while in class. A bus service runs outside and the hall is easily accessible from the surrounding area, being close to the A338 Downton Road which runs south and connects with Fordingbridge, Ringwood, Charlton-All-Saints, Breamore and the outlying villages.
Our Salisbury painting tuition is held on a Thursday, with two lessons each day, one in the morning and a completely separate afternoon class if that suits you better. We hold three part-time courses a year with each one lasting for 14 weeks.