14 Jul

Dorset Society Magazine Feature


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 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.


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.

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