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!


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.


21 Apr

Oil Pastel Module News

Cray-Pas Oil PastelsWe started teaching the oil pastel module a few weeks ago in our Bournemouth painting classes, enabling the students to introduce colour and blending techniques to their art for the first time.

This proved a real eye-opener for some of the pupils who were able to skillfully create paintings with real depth and tone, producing pictures from both still life examples and prints that we provided for the class to work from. We taught them how to paint a piece of fruit (with the leaves still attached), replicating the pores of the fruit and the veins on the leaf by using techniques such as sgraffito.

The following week we then moved onto painting family pets and other animals, again using colourful pastels. This allowed the students to practice their skills at recreating life-like animal fur and feathers, while getting the important artistic details right such as the eyes and overall body outline.

They painted all sorts of different animals and birds ranging from Welsh Border Collies and their own pet cats, to lovebirds, colourful parrots, amusing cows, sea eagles and other birds of prey, mainly in close-up so that they could enhance the facial features, texture and tonal qualities of their artwork.

We also used a variety of different coloured pastel papers including relatively neutral shades, through to deeper reds, various tones of blue and green, and a selection of darker colours including graphite grey and black. These latter shades can be very effective when used with oil pastels, providing great contrast and enabling the artist to replicate light and shade using the positive and negative areas of the paper while making the most of the paper’s tooth to enhance the texture of the finished picture.

All in all these pastel lessons have proved to be very popular with the pupils, with many buying additional pastels and coloured paper so that they can continue practicing at home once the class has finished.

We are now about to start the watercolour lessons, which will doubtless prove just as encouraging.

“Watch this space” as they say!


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.


25 Feb

How To Draw A Face (Map Only)

Learning how to draw the human face is something that many beginners can find a little bit tricky.

In the video below, Genevieve Woodford from The Seasons Art Class shows you how to create a basic map of the face that pretty much guarantees you will get the whole thing in proportion, correctly setting out facial features such as the mouth, nose, eyes, ears and so on, and drawing a layout that you can then develop into a fully finished painting.

I hope you find it helpful:

You’ll see from this short video that mapping out the human face is not as difficult as it might at first seem. Using a simple grid to break the overall picture down into segments, ensures you end up with the right proportions, drawing features like the ears, eyes, nose and mouth in the correct place, relative to each other.

During our Poole, Christchurch and Bournemouth art classes, we teach you how to ‘flesh out’ this basic map so that you can draw or paint a far more realistic face including areas of correctly placed light and dark shading, tonal highlights, depth, bone structure, and other artistic elements that will bring your finished drawing to life.

Once you get this right it will open up a whole new artistic field for you, enabling you to paint portraits, accurately draw people and crowds, produce lifelike cartoons and caricatures, alter facial expressions, create more abstract portraiture, and other similar things. And what’s more, with practice and the correct pencils, graphite sticks and cartridge paper, these skills will quickly become second nature too.


Sketching Skills Are Essential:

Getting your basic drawing and sketching technique right like this is key to being able to progress further in your journey towards becoming an accomplished painter. It’s just like learning any other skill such as how to drive a car, or even how to put up a shelf — if you don’t get the groundwork right in the first place, the end result runs the risk of looking amateurish, and you will struggle to improve and develop in the way you might want.

Art is just another skill that to a very large degree can be initially learned and then further improved with practice (just like driving for example), using simple materials such as a 2B or 4B pencil, an eraser or putty rubber, a sketch pad, and a bit of practice. Get the structure of the human face right by copying the map shown in the video above, and the rest of your artwork will then become much easier to create from there.

Adding shade and tone is far more effective (and easier) if the underlying layout of your picture is right to begin with. But get this wrong, and your finished drawing will inevitably look out of proportion.

I hope that helps. We will continue to add other ‘how to draw and paint’ videos to this site over time to help you with your learning, but these are of course just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ as it were. To learn how to put these into practice properly and develop as an artist, please telephone us on 01202-580909 and we will talk you through our part-time art course syllabus in greater detail, showing you exactly what we teach and how we do it.

I’m sure you’ll find it fascinating!


17 Feb

Spring 2014 Class Dates


Our Art Courses Are Ideal For Complete Beginners and Improvers

Our Spring 2014 art course is due to start on Tuesday 18th March at The Suncliff Hotel, Bournemouth, BH1 3AG.

These part-time drawing and painting classes for beginners will last for a total of 14 weeks and the curriculum will follow our usual format, starting off with a 3 week module covering basic pencil sketching techniques including perspective, shading, creating form using light and dark tones, setting a ground, and so on, before moving onto oil pastels. Returning pupils who have attended one of our foundation training courses in the past will do a slightly more advanced set of studies and projects, allowing them to progress further.

The second section of lessons (oil pastels) will introduce you to colour and blending techniques using tortillons (or blending stumps as they are also known), to bring depth and tonal qualities to your pictures.

We will then move onto watercolour painting, concentrating on a selection of different projects, before studying acrylics — an impasto medium that many students find particularly interesting.

The final sessions will teach you how to mount your finished artwork using sugar paper, before exhibiting your best pieces in a gallery-style exhibition held during the final week of your lessons. Don’t be put off by the idea of showing off your completed art at this show — you’ll be surprised how many pupils who have never drawn or painted anything before in their lives are really excited about the opportunity to show off their artwork to their friends and family when the time comes, despite being very sceptical at the start of the course!

They never believed they would learn to paint as competently as they were able to by the end of their first course of lessons, and the standard of the pictures they were able to create left them itching to show them off properly!

Our art classes are perfect for absolute beginners who have never even thought about picking up a paint brush or pencil before, and also for what we affectionately term ‘improvers’ — those students who have received some professional tuition in the past, but want to now progress to the next level.

To learn more about our part-time adult-only art courses in the Bournemouth area, just call us on 01202-580909 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

We look forward to hearing from you.


10 Feb

New Bournemouth Venue

Our New Classroom

Our Clifftop Venue

We have recently agreed to hold our Bournemouth art classes in a beautiful new clifftop venue that is absolutely ideal for what we need…

From now on, we will be using the arched glazed orangery which adjoins The Suncliff Hotel, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3AG, a truly unique room in every respect.

This light-filled glass pavilion is perfect for workshops and painting lessons and is located less than 1 mile to the east of the town centre. It’s an inspirational space that encourages students to be creative, while providing a cosy, contemporary environment at the same time.

A regular bus service stops outside and connects with much of the general conurbation, extending out as far as Christchurch and Hengistbury Head in one direction, and running right into the centre of town to the other.

Free parking is available for students to use, and additional metered on-street parking is located right outside for a nominal extra charge if preferred. The orangery offers plenty of space for pupils to spread out and practice their various projects without getting in each others way, and will now become the regular classroom in which we will hold our weekly town centre drawing and painting courses for both beginners and returning pupils.

Adrian Kay from The Seasons Art Class commented: “This is a fantastic room that really couldn’t be any better for our purposes. It’s light and bright, enjoys a beautiful view around the bay, and is nice and cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And with plenty of free car parking on site and a bus service that runs outside, it’s easy to get to as well, no matter what part of the conurbation you live in.”

To find out more about our curriculum, course start dates, or any other aspect of how we can help you learn to paint and draw, please telephone 01202-580909 or Contact Us By Email if you prefer, and we will do all we can to help.

To read more about our new facilities, Click Here