Art Inspiration Short Course

Thursday evenings during term time

6.30 - 8pm

£12 for a single lesson

All materials, tuition, hot drinks and car parking included


Learn about the history and techniques of different artists and art movements through practical creative lessons. We are delighted to offer a series of 5 week short courses, designed to give you bite-sized nuggets of art inspiration that you can apply to your own painting and drawing projects. This course is open to all and is suitable for absolute beginners and those who wish to develop their art practice in a social and creatively engaging environment. Every session will begin with an informal presentation and an introduction to a new theme. You will have the opportunity to view demonstrations and to explore new techniques at your own pace. 


Autumn 1: 22nd, 29th September, 6th, 13th and 20th October

Theme: The Great Outdoors

  • Artists and their Gardens - be inspired by Impressionists Claude Monet and Berthe Morisot to create a painting in acrylics

  • Wondrous Woodlands - take inspiration from pastel drawings and oil paintings of Wolf Khan and create your own colourful imagery of trees

  • Fluid cityscapes - using watercolours and wax resist techniques, make architecture studies inspired by Friedensreich Hundertwasser

  • Expressive landscapes - Learn about David Hockney’s art making processes and produce your own painting of the British countryside in his style

  • Crumbling ruins - Create a mixed-media artwork of an old building that references the work of John Piper


Autumn 2: 10th, 17th, 24th November, 1st and 8th December

Theme: Organic form

  • Floral studies - take inspiration from Georgia O’Keefe’s masterpieces and produce a beautiful painting in acrylics

  • Pumpkins aplenty - Explore the spotty work of Yayoi Kusama and create a pumpkin study using graphic marker pens in her style

  • Pioneers of Arts and Crafts - Produce gorgeous drawings of British wildlife inspired by the work of William and May Morris

  • A Cabinet of Natural Curiosities - Be inspired by Albertus Seba’s extensive collection of specimens from across the globe and make pen and ink drawings of unusual natural forms

  • A Jungle in Paris - Observe the work of Henri Rousseau and make a painting depicting tropical flowers, leaves and wild animals 


Spring 1: 12th, 19th, 26th January, 2nd and 9th February 2023

Theme: Rethinking Still Life

  • Everyday objects - transform images of common, regular and seemingly boring objects into bright, vibrant and eye-catching paintings that reference the work of Micheal Craig-Martin 

  • From every angle - reflect on an assortment of objects through the eyes of a Cubist and produce a composition inspired by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque 

  • Tabletop flowers - Take inspiration from the likes of Vincent van Gogh and produce a study of a vase of flowers in a media of your choice

  • Observations of the familiar - Create beautiful drawings and paintings using pen, ink and watercolour that reference the artwork of Lisa Milroy

  • Cacti and House Plants - embrace pattern, flat colour and bold lines while producing a painting of pot plants in the unique style of contemporary artist Jonas Wood


This payment entitles you to attend one of the lessons listed above. Payment for one of our Art Inspiration lessons cannot be transferred to a different class that we host in the studio.


Please indicate which lesson you would like to attend upon booking.


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Art Inspiration Short Course

  • Please note that payment will secure your place on the course. Once the payment has been processed no refunds are available, however, if you provide at least 48 hours notice, you may receive a credit note for a future class.