Classes for Adults

Classes Courtyard arts


Acrylic Painting

with Deana Kim Page – Tues 9-11am & 11.30am-1.30pm

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.


Ceramic Sculpture

with Ivan Daggett – Mon 10am-12.30pm

Suitable for both beginners and those with experience.  Students benefit from individual attention to develop confidence working with clay and expressing their individuality.

Students have the opportunity to explore the way clay can lend itself to a variety of techniques – from sculpture in relief to 3D modelling. Ideas explored may be representational or abstract – reference to other art forms and images is encouraged.

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


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 have the opportunity to learn a range of technical skills, from the basic to advanced. Subjects 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 Teresa Morton – Weds 10am-12.30pm & 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.


Ceramics

tutor tbc – Weds 7.30-9.30pm

class description to follow.

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


Clay & 3D Sculpture

with Sue Wagstaff – Weds 12.45-2.45pm

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

Using a range of modelling materials (clay, plaster, Modroc, paper mache) and other media, students will explore and develop ideas to create unique and individual sculptural artwork. Students can choose to work in a single medium or explore new materials with support.

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


Drawing and Sketching

with Julie ArnallFri 2-4pm

Introducing a stimulating range of approaches to drawing for adults of all abilities and experience. Students will work together on exercises as well as developing their own skills with one-to-one tuition in a friendly communal environment.

Each session will focus on a theme – line, tone, composition, perspective – with an emphasis on observation from still life. Learning will be illustrated with reference to historical and contemporary artworks. Students will use a variety of drawing media, with the opportunity to also incorporate monoprint and collage techniques.

Students are asked to supply their own materials.


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 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 Amanda Towers – Weds 5-7pm & 7.30-9.30pm

For all abilities – from beginners to experienced artists – and suited to 16+ students looking to develop their portfolios for further study. A friendly, lively and relaxed class with guidance, support and advice always on hand.

Students will develop an understanding of drawing the figure through a variety of exercises, looking at composition, form, line, tone, scale and proportion. Challenging elements including foreshortening are tackled through measurement and exploring negative space.

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


Mixed Media

with Glynnis Bainbridge – Tues 1.30-3.30pm

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.


Mixed Media

with Paul Fennell – Thurs 1-3pm

A relaxed and informal class following a structured programme through which students learn new skills, challenge their creativity and have a bit of fun in the process.

All types of media are explored with an emphasis on combining different elements – from wax to acrylic to collage and more. Subjects range from still life to abstraction.

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 anyone with an interest in art and design, including beginners to printmaking (indeed, 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 especially 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.

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


Stained Glass

with Amanda GermanMon 10am-12pm

For beginners and improvers, learn how to make a leaded stained glass window/panel in a relaxed and friendly group.  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.


Stained Glass – Tiffany Style

with Amanda GermanMon 1-3pm

For beginners and improvers, learn to cut glass, apply copper foil and solder to create your own unique, “Tiffany” style stained glass mirror. Copper foiling offers an alternative to leaded stained glass, allowing intricate designs.

Develop the skills to design your own project, painting and etching on glass can also be introduced for those wishing to add extra decoration.

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.