Classes for Adults

Classes Courtyard arts


Acrylic Painting

with Deana Kim Page – Tues 9-11am & 11.15am-1.15pm

For adults of all abilities looking to develop acrylic painting skills in a fun and positive atmosphere – beginners are especially welcome. The class is tailored to suit your learning, finding inspiration in subjects of personal interest.

Students will learn tips and techniques for using acrylics, whilst developing their understanding of depth, composition and perspective.

Students are asked to supply their own materials.


Ceramics

with Pat Joyce – Mon 7.30-9.30pm

class description to follow.

A charge is made for clay used which covers the cost of glazes and firing.


Ceramics

with Debbie Bent – Tues 7.30-9.30pm

Suitable for both beginners and experienced adults. Individual assistance is given to help students realise projects in an informal atmosphere. The group is encouraged to share ideas and skills, and also to pursue independent projects exploring creativity.

Students will be introduced to ceramic materials and techniques (including glazes) and will have the opportunity to learn basic and advanced technical skills. Areas covered include pinch pots, coiling, slabs and wheel work.

A charge is made for clay used which covers the cost of glazes and firing.


Ceramics

with Sue Wagstaff – Weds 1.30-3.30pm

For adults of all abilities. Students are offered advice and suggestion in a relaxed environment in which experimentation and discussion is encouraged.

New students will learn basic construction methods and the principles of firing and glazing. Experienced students are encouraged to work on individual projects with support.

A charge is made for clay used which covers the cost of glazes and firing.


Ceramics

with Teresa Morton –  Mon 10am-12.30pm, Weds 10am-12.30pm & 7.30-9.30pm, Thurs 10am-12.30pm

Welcoming adults of all abilities, students can chose to work with freedom on their own projects or take direction from themed sessions, with teaching tailored to meet the class’s needs.

Beginners may start with basic hand-building methods whilst experienced students work on advanced projects and decorative techniques – encompassing both pottery and sculptural ceramics.

A charge is made for clay used which covers the cost of glazes and firing.


Drawing Media

with Paul Fennell – Thurs 10am-12pm

For adults of all abilities looking to develop drawing and observation skills. The class follows a structured programme in a friendly and informal atmosphere.  Each week a technique or idea is demonstrated with an emphasis on drawing from life. One-to-one tuition is provided within the sessions.

Students will work from still life and 2D sources, using a range of materials and media.

Students are asked to supply their own materials.


Kiln Fired Glass

with Gloria MacArthur – Thurs 1.30-3.30pm

For adults and teenagers of all abilities – both those new to working with glass and those with experience. Skills, techniques and safety procedures are demonstrated and practised before students create their own pieces.  Guidance is given to assist students in developing their original work.

Students will learn how to cut, prepare and assemble glass for firing, adding colours and metals. Different types of glass are explored in creating a light-catching hanging; making a pendant or small mirror frame; and using copper or aluminium inclusions in a coaster.

All basic materials costs are included.


Life Drawing

with Glynnis Bainbridge & Jane Davalle – Weds 4.30-6.30pm

For beginners as well as experienced artists – the class would also suit 16+ students looking to expand portfolios in preparation for continued study. A friendly, lively and relaxed class that diffuses some of the mystique and preconceptions around life drawing.

Students will gain an understanding of drawing the figure through a variety of exercises looking at composition, proportion, scale, tone and negative space. A variety of approaches to mark making will be explored, enabling students to produce a lively body of work with increased confidence.

Students are asked to supply their own materials.
Please note, this class uses male and female nude life models.


Life Drawing & Painting

with Peer Towers – Weds 7.30-9.30pm

A structured class for adults of all abilities, drawing and painting from the human form whilst challenging skills of observation.

Students will explore and develop their ideas utilising a range of techniques and materials.

Students are asked to supply their own materials.
Please note, this class uses male and female nude life models.


Mindfulness of Drawing

with Ivan DaggettFri 2-4pm

Suitable for the experienced and beginners alike, the class introduces ‘mindfulness’ through a range of drawing practices.

Students are encouraged to explore methods of drawing whilst being supported through a journey of mindfulness. Creative work is contextualised with insights into the origins of mindfulness and the arts.

Students are asked to supply their own materials.


Mixed Media

with Glynnis Bainbridge – Tues 1-3pm

For adults of all abilities. The class follows a structured programme in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, encouraging students to expand the scope of their work with confidence.

Students will experiment with a wide range of media, including acrylics, pastels, ink, charcoal, collage, printing, drawing and watercolour.

Students are asked to supply their own materials.


Oil Painting

with Paul Fennell – Mon 3.30-5.30pm & 7.30-9.30pm

For beginners and experienced students looking to explore the medium further. The class provides demonstration-led tuition in a relaxed and informal environment.

Students will develop both a practical and a theoretical understanding of oil painting practises – painting from life and 2D imagery – whilst exploring a variety of techniques and approaches.

Students are asked to supply their own materials.


Pottery Workshop for Adults & Young People

with Pat Joyce – Sat 3-5.30pm (fortnightly)

For teenagers and adults who want to experience creating objects and vessels from clay – beginners are welcome. Students are supported and encouraged to experiment with new methods in an informal workshop environment.

Students will be introduced to a range of creative techniques – handbuilding, throwing on a wheel, coilbuilding and tilemaking, whilst exploring glazing, burnishing and other ceramic decorations.

A charge is made for clay used which covers the cost of glazes and firing.


Printmaking

with Jude O’Sullivan – Fri 9.30-11.30am & 11.45am-1.45pm

For adults of all abilities who have an interest in art and design, including beginners to printmaking (excellent results can be achieved without formal drawing skills). Students are encouraged to develop their own ideas from drawings or personal images in a sharing environment.

The class offers an introduction to the art of printmaking – getting to know the materials and the workshop environment – and to the work of contemporary and historical print makers.  Students will learn the fundamental relief and intaglio techniques – mono printing, dry point and one colour lino. In building their portfolio of prints, students can either consolidate their knowledge of one type of process or experiment with a range of techniques including collagraph, multiple colour linos and advanced mono prints.

All basic materials costs are included.
Some preparatory work in advance of classes is recommended to benefit fully from workshop time.


Printmaking for Student Portfolios

with Jude O’Sullivan – Tues 5-7pm

Tailored for students who may be taking GCSE, A level, BTEC levels 2 & 3, Foundation Diploma, HND Art and Design qualifications, or those preparing a portfolio for University application. Printmaking will develop and enhance a portfolio through the exploration of diverse materials, techniques and processes.

Students’ ideas will be developed through a range of techniques – monoprint, drypoint, lino cut, collagraph and letterpress – creating a body of work to support their studies and develop ideas. Students will follow their own individual pathways, with guidance. Experimentation is encouraged to explore the rich opportunities that printmaking offers.

All basic material costs are included, specialist materials can be purchased through Courtyard at low prices.


Stained Glass

with Amanda GermanMon 10am-12pm

For beginners, learn how to make a leaded stained glass window/panel.  By the end of term, you will take away your own original stained glass window (approx. A4 in size and weather-proof).

Design, choose and cut glass to your pattern; shape and cut your lead came; then solder and cement to create your window.  In addition to leaded glass skills, the class will explore a number of decorative techniques including etching and traditional glass painting, as seen in church windows.

All materials costs are included, students are asked to bring a ruler and hammer.
Please note, students should wear suitable closed-toe footwear.  This class is not suitable for pregnant women due to materials used.


Watercolour Painting

with Paul Fennell – Weds 10am-12pm & 1.30-3.30pm

For adults of all abilities. The class follows a structured programme in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Each week a technique or idea is demonstrated with one-to-one assistance provided.

Students will be introduced to a range of styles and approaches with insight into the theory and practice of techniques. A variety of water-based media are utilised, with an emphasis on watercolour.

Students are asked to supply their own materials.


**see also our Classes for Children & Young People**

Dates, Prices & Booking

Please see our classes schedule for term dates and class costs.

Contact us for availability – email admin@courtyardarts.org.uk or call 01992 509596.

Our classes are extremely popular, so we recommend booking early!

Once you have been allocated a place, we ask that you complete a booking form on your next visit, or download a copy to print.

Fees are payable in advance.