If you have any questions at all about our painting classes, we would be delighted to do whatever we can to help.

We have addressed some of the more frequently asked questions below, but if you can’t find the answer you are looking for, please telephone us on 01725 238491 and we will do all we can to help you:

  • How Long Do Your Art Courses Last?

Each of our terms last 14 weeks, culminating in an invitation-only gallery-style exhibition of the pictures you have created during your time with us.

  • How Long Is Each Lesson?

Individual sessions last 3 hours and are held once a week for each of the 14 weeks. You can choose either a morning or afternoon slot to fit in with your other commitments if you wish, subject to availability.

  • Do I Need To Book In Advance?

Yes you do. Our classes are nearly always oversubscribed and it is necessary to pre-book for every course.

  • What Happens If I Miss A Lesson?

The individual modules are structured in a way that means you can easily catch up, with the tutor and classroom assistant offering one-on-one help where needed.

  • How Many Students Are In Each Class?

We limit numbers to a maximum of about 20 pupils on each of the morning and afternoon sessions, depending on the venue. This allows us to give each student the attention they require and provide individual supervision where necessary.

  • When Are Your Next Art Classes?

You can find out when our next course is due to start by telephoning us on 01725 238491.

  • Are Your Lessons Oversubscribed?

Because we limit the number of people who can attend each session, most of our courses fill up quickly and are often oversubscribed. Please telephone us on 01725238491 to check current availability.

  •  Do Many Students Return For Further Tuition?

Numbers vary as you would expect from one course to the next, but a high proportion of our attendees choose to come back straight away for further tutoring or workshops with us, with some attending our modules every single term.

  • What Does Your Curriculum Cover?

You can find out more about our timetable and syllabus by clicking here: Our Curriculum

  • What Areas Do You Cover?

Our sessions centre around the wider Bournemouth and Salisbury conurbation, attracting pupils from nearby areas including Ferndown, Ringwood, Poole, Wimborne, New Milton, Highcliffe, Verwood and Christchurch.

  • Where Are Your Classes Held?

You can find out more about our venues by clicking here: Our Venues

  • Are Your Tutors Qualified?

Our art teachers are all fully trained and qualified tutors and are also supported by  experienced classroom assistants providing extra support. They run each lesson in a relaxed, friendly and fun way, while providing the highest quality of art education and professional tuition at the same time.

  • What Mediums Do You Teach?

Our syllabus is suitable for complete beginners who have never drawn or painted before, through to improving artists who have already attended one of our foundation courses. You will be offered step-by-step training in sketching and drawing techniques, oil pastels, watercolour painting, the comparatively modern medium of acrylics, and picture mounting. You can find out more about the techniques and mediums we cover by clicking here: Different Types Of Media

  • Is Your Tuition Suitable For Beginners?

Yes, is the simple answer. In fact it’s ideal! Each term starts with an introductory module and the individual sessions are then designed for students who are learning to paint and draw for the first time.

  • What Happens If I’m More Experienced?

If you are a returning pupil looking to improve your artistic skills after attending a previous foundation-level art course with us, you will paint different projects to the beginners and receive a level of teaching that is appropriate to your experience.

  • What Age Range Do You Teach?

All of our lessons are intended for adults only, with attendees ranging in age from 18 to 90+. Many are ‘active retired’, keen to take on a new creative hobby now that they have a bit of extra time on their hands, and our weekly meetings offer a chance to socialise and mix with like-minded people, creating many long-lasting friendships.

  • Will I Be Able To Paint & Draw By The End Of The Term?

As you would expect, everyone learns at a different pace and the individual pupil’s levels of achievement inevitably vary, but our teaching will bring out the very best of your artistic talent, we promise! If you are willing to listen to the tutor and are receptive to what you are taught, you will become an ‘enthusiastic amateur artist’ and learn to paint competently by the end of the 14 weeks, creating pictures you will be proud to show to your friends and hang on your walls at home.