As 2018 has kicked off and the nights are still a bit too long, it’s the perfect time to think about what you want to achieve, try out or look forward to this year. If you want to try out a new style or medium or solidify your knowledge of an art technique with some guided practice then we have the answer (or rather an answer). Collected here, by region so that you can find an art class near you or in an area you’d like to visit, are a list of art courses running in 2018. We always love to hear what workshops and classes are happening so if you know of an art course we haven’t listed or want us to cover a particular region, just drop us a line. This list is intended to be a complement to our general listings, which can be found here.
Art Courses in Scotland
Life Drawing Class: the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh (Monthly on Saturdays throughout the year)
Once a month the artist Graham Flack leads a life drawing workshop at the Clore Education Centre at the Scottish National Gallery. The classes last two hours and build up from shorter poses to a long pose at the end of the session. There are three different sessions available on each day (10am-12noon; 1-3pm; 4-6pm, to book one or find out more visit the National Galleries website, by clicking here.
Spring Flowers painting workshop: South West Scotland (22nd April)
Margaret S Milligan class will show you how to paint your favourite spring flowers, in acrylic or oils, as well as including the option to combine them in a composition with a collection of jugs and glassware. The image above is an example of a piece by Margaret S Milligan that combines these elements. This one day workshop, costing £50, will be held in a spacious held in a spacious studio in the charming fishing town of Kirkcudbright. To see more of her work and to book one of her many courses visit her website.
Weekly Stone Lithography Evening Class: Alesandra Kargul: Edinburgh Printmakers (21st February – 28th March 2018/ Wednesday evenings 6-9pm)
This class, taught by Alesandra Kargal allows you to discover stone lithography, which is the original type, over the course of a number of weeks. The advantages of stone lithography are that you can take a spontaneous approach to mark-making by drawing directly onto prepared limestone. Artists that have used this method include MC Escher, Picasso, Jasper Johns and Kathe Kolwitz.
This course gives a comprehensive introduction to Stone Lithography and is suitable for people without previous lithography experience or for those wishing to refresh their skills, it costs £180 or £140 for concessions. To find out about more courses and to book visit the Edinburgh Printmakers website.
Art Courses in Wales
Monoprinting Workshop: Brecon Beacons (19th – 21st May 2018)
These three days are designed to introduce to you printmaking as a form. Monoprinting uses similar skills to drawing or painting so it’s not as technically complex as etching or lithography to begin with. Over the two or three days you’ll be able to produce as many as ten or even more individual works. It can be seen as a refreshing and inspiring practice to add to your repertoire. You will be guided through the processes of monoprinting and you can experiment by choosing the subject matter. It is up to you so bring along studies or photographs you’d like to work from or decide to do abstract work. For more information and to book click here. The image above is a monoprint done in the workshop by Sarah Beaumont.
Welsh Watercolours – Weekend Art Residential (4th – 6th May 2018)
This two day art residential at the Margam Discovery Centre, led by Artist David Johnson, gives artists the chance to develop their watercolour skills in an area of stunning, natural beauty. The Gower is known a very interesting and scenic part of Wales and spring weather and light makes it even more atmospheric. For £279 you receive accommodation, meals and tuition from David Johnson a very experienced tutor. To find out more and to book click here.
Approaches to Drawing Class: The Art Workshop, Cardiff (13th January – 12th March 2018)
The classes are run by Genevieve Loxton and Martha Lowry, who are both practicing artists, and are designed to take you through the different approaches to drawing as well as helping you develop ways to explore the drawn image. The classes run on either Tuesdays or Saturdays depending which block you go for and a two hour class typically costs £14, although you can buy blocks of lessons. To find out more and to book visit their website.
Drawing and Painting – Spring Term: Arts Alive Wales (Wednesdays 10am – 1pm, 21st February to 14th March)
Over the course of 4 weeks Susan Milne will introduce you to several art materials, techniques and processes alongside relevant art history contextual examples and facts. During the course you will look at working with mixed media, collage, drawing and colour. Basic materials will be provided however you will need to bring a sketchbook. The top image is of students at this Art Alive Wales course for drawing and painting. For more information and to book click here.
Art Courses in East England
Oil Painting classes in Cambridge: Tom McPherson (weekly Thursday or Wednesday, 20 sessions in a term)
A course for beginners or those wishing to consolidate their knowledge of oil painting, taught by Tom McPherson who studied Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art and Central St.Martins School of Art in London and holds a BA in Fine Art and a PGCE in Education. Fees range between £15 per session to £120 for ten week term pre-booked. To find out more about the programme and to book or check availability click here to visit the website.
Martin Kinnear on Luminosity: Oil Painting Workshop: Norfolk Painting School (9th – 12th May)
This 4 day course, costing £599, is aimed at practicing oil painters who want to focus on how light in painting enriches a piece and it’s importance to old master painting as well as learning specific techniques to make your work glow. The illusion of light is a tricky skill and well worth investing in tutelage from an amazing experienced tutor who can help you produce work that really shows an understanding of optics.To find out more, view other courses on offer and to book visit the Norfolk Painting School website by clicking here.The image above shows Martin Kinnear with a full size study of Staffa Fingal’s Cave in his demonstration theatre at the Norfolk Painting School.
Art Courses in West England
LARA Bristol: Drawing & Painting Summer School (2nd -3rd July)
The LARA summer schools give you expert tutelage from LARA’s degree tutors so you can learn the fundamentals of good draughtsmanship and paint handling. They are designed to mirror atelier study so you will spend three hours a day studying cast drawing or painting and three hours a day life drawing or painting. They are perfect for getting a solid professional set of skills.To find out more and to book please click here. The above image is taken from one of the LARA Bristol drawing workshops.
Intermediate Screenprinting Evening Class: Spike Print Studio, Bristol (Tuesdays evenings 6pm – 9pm, 10 April – 26 June 2018)
Led by Irena Czapska, this course is designed to give you grounding in all aspects of screenprinting, in particular with focus on good studio practice. You will be shown screenprinting techniques including paper and photographic stencils making, monoprinting, reversals and digital mark making.This course costs £295 and is suitable for those familiar with the basics of screenprinting including coating screens independently. To find out more and to book please visit their website here.
Art Courses in South West England
Sophie Ploeg: One Day Workshops including Portraits: Thornbury, South Gloucestershire (a range of dates, classes typically running between 10am – 4pm)
Sophie Ploeg, a renowned and incredibly skilled artist, teaches small classes at her home on a regular basis, these are informal but intensive sessions. These one day classes are thematic offereing you the chance to gain skills and problem solve issues with materials or with depicting different subject matter. Upcoming workshops include ‘Portrait Painting in Oil’, ‘Oil Painting Still Life’, ‘Pastel Portraits’ and ‘Charcoal Portraits’. To discover her range of classes, view her work or to book visit her website by clicking here.
Capture the Magic of Cornwalls north coast.. its light and dramatic views: Tony Hogan: Cornwall (21st – 24th May)
Draw on Tony Hogan’s knowledge of the landscape and skills as a practicing artist during this course which takes you round the awe inspiring beauty of the North Cornish coast. After meeting every morning at the studio, you will head out to paint in several easy access painting venues. The four day course costs £395 to find out more and to book visit Tony Hogan’s website here.
Reinterpreting the Figure: St Ives School of Painting (30th April – 3rd May)
During this intermediate course, tutors Marion Taylor and Ilker Cinarel, will show you creative ways to open up your own potential and got through exercises that encourage experimentation. The idea being that ‘you will break out of the constraints of realism, explore the use of space and harness the power of the accidental to tap into your emotional instincts and imagination.’Some of the classes will involve using charcoal, pastel and acrylic and working from the nude and clothed model. Contextual references will include Rodin, Matisse, Marlene Dumas, Anthony Gormley, Alison Lambert and Picasso to inspire you to actively and imaginatively engage with depicting the figure. This course costs £365, to find out more about the St Ives Painting School’s range of courses and to book please click here.
Art Courses in London and South East England
Colour Linocut Workshop: Nick Morley (Linocut Boy): Hello Print Studio, Margate (10th – 11th February)
While basic linocutting can be remarkably easy, many struggle with multi-block printing in colour but during this two day workshop Nick Morley, a well known printmaker, will take you through how to produce beautiful colour prints.
‘You will learn what tools to use and how to keep them sharp, how to plan, carve and print a multi-block linocut and how to register the different layers to make sure they align accurately. You will learn how to mix colour and how to control the intensity and shade through tinting, transparency and varying the amount of colour on the block. There will be plenty of time for experimentation, through which you will learn how to create new colours through layering and how to create a colour blend.’
The course only costs £115 – £130, to find out more and book click here.
Life Drawing, Human Anatomy: The Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch (18th January – 22nd March)
This course led by Martin Shortis, Marcus Cornish and Dilip Sur explores the structure of the body with the intention of developing empathetic, interesting figures. With drawing from observation, memory and imagination focusing on the skeleton and the sense of muscle dynamics, this course aims at giving you an understanding of the human body. There will be several poses with one or two models each week and all levels are invited. This course costs £385 but for further information and to find out about other courses please click here.
Exploring Illustration: South Oxford Community Association: Jim Robinson (13th February)
If you want to try your hand at illustration, Jim Robinson’s one day class will help you understand how to use pen and wash, watercolour pencil and crayons to produce drawings and paintings. Materials are provided and the session only costs £15 for non-members. This workshop is run by Jim Robinson, if you’d like you see more of his work and find out about the workshop further click here.
Pastel Workshop: The Pastel Society: Mall Galleries (23rd February – 2nd March)
A series of workshops over several days led by members of the Pastel Society who will take you through individual practices, subject matter and techniques that they specialise in. You are required to bring your own drawing materials, as well as sketches if it is a landscape class. Topics include The Urban Environment led by John Tookey, Romantic and Dynamic Movements in Pastel led by Eiko Yoshimoto, People and Places by Jenny Halstead and Treescapes in Graphite by David Brammeld. To see a complete list of workshops on offer and to book click here. Each workshop costs £65 per day with a discount of £55 per day if you’re booking a block of 4.
Art Courses in the Midlands
Acrylic Workshop: Leanne Ellis: Rowley Regis (Monthly, 29th April)
Leanne Ellis’s workshops are perfect for learning step by step how to use effective techniques while working with acrylic paint, these skills are good for beginners, improvers and advanced painters alike. The course is £50 per day and you can find out more about this as well as her other classes on offer by visiting her website here.
Art on Location: The Independent Art School: Birmingham (weekly classes Saturdays or Wednesdays)
Experienced and enthusiastic tutors from The Independent Art School will take you round oconic, interesting or even hidden locations around Birmingham to show you how to draw, paint and enjoy the environment you’re surrounded by. This course is equally well suited to beginners or those more experienced drawers and painters who wish to develop their skills or find extra inspiration. Each class costs £35, to find out more click here.
Art Courses in North England
Liz Sandford: Chinese Brush Painting Class: StoryHouse Coffee Shop, Crosby Village (various dates)
If you want to try out a new skill Liz Sandford gives small informal classes on Chinese brush painting in StoryHouse coffee shop near Liverpool. These sessions, which are attended by a small group allowing for individual attention, last about two to three hours and cost £7.50. You can contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Saturdays Portrait Course: Christopher Clements (Northern Realist): Realist Academy, Manchester (17th February – 3rd March 2018)
Clements will show you how to develop a portrait over multiple sessions and focus on the difference between working from life and photographs. This course will push your observational skills and demonstrate a well structured approach to drawing and painting that allows you to bridge the gap from working with photos to working with a live model and vice versa. You can work in graphite, charcoal or paint, depending on your experience and what you’re comfortable with. While Northern Realist courses focus on traditional methods they are not dogmatic and this is focused on to provide you with the ability to push your personal vision rather than for any other reason. The price is £199 and you can find out more about this workshop and about a range of other ones that are available, as well as information on how to book here.
Art Courses in Northern Ireland
Friday painting Workshops with Marie-Thérèse Davis: Boom Studios, Bangor (Fridays, 9.30-11.30am)
These weekly classes lasting 2 hours are a space to share ideas and techniques as wellk as having discussions about your work with Marie-Thérèse Davis, a practicing artist. The price for each is £15 and you can find out more by visiting the BOOm studios website here.
The featured image is Port Bradon, County Antrim, Oil on Canvas, 88 x 57cm, Marie-Thérèse Davis.
The Art Of Paper Cutting: Brígh Strawbridge-O’Hagan: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast (24th – 25th March)
Over this two day weekend workshop you will learn from Brígh Strawbridge-O’Hagan, who is an artist and designer who works in a variety of mediums and fields, how to produce beautiful designs from paper and card cutting. There is space during the course to develop your own designs and you will be using x-acto blades with a range of colourful card. Brígh Strawbridge-O’Hagan is a practicing artist, who’s work you can view here. This class costs £37/ £32 and you can book this or other courses at Crescent Arts Centre by visiting their website here.
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The image shown at the top of this article features students at a drawing workshop at Arts Alive Wales. For more information about the many courses available at Art Alive Wales please visit their website.