These courses are for adult learners at all levels of art practice. They are suitable for beginners as well as those with experience in 2D fine art disciplines, clay work and textiles, and for professional artists wanting access to specialist equipment or simply looking for a supportive community for their practice.

Times and Duration

The Art Explore Projects course is taught every Thursday during term time, for a duration of 10 to 13 weeks, depending on the length of the school term. There is a one week break at half term. Each class is 3 hours long, running from 12 noon till 3pm, with a 20 minute break for lunch.

The Drop in and Draw course is taught every second Friday during term time also breaking for one week at half term. Because of this the course may consist of between 5 or 6 classes in the term. Each class is two hours long.

The schedule can be found on our term timetable (please see Term Time & Holidays link above) which also features information on pricing.

Adult Art Explore: what we do

The Adult Art Explore Projects course offers instruction in a wide range of approaches and skills exploring various tools, techniques and materials. Some of the techniques covered include printmaking (screen printing, lino printing and etching), using the etching press, the laser cutter, the heat press for textiles, and also clay, with access to the kilns. We learn traditional fine art skills including painting and drawing from observation. Painting media include watercolour, acrylics and oils.

Drop in and Draw: what we do

Our Drop-in and Draw course is designed to help you to improve your drawing skills by learning new techniques and experimenting with different drawing styles and methods. Often it is a perceived lack of basic drawing skills that holds people back from exploring their artistic creativity – but like any other creative pursuit, developing drawing skills takes practice, guidance and more than a little trial and error.

Non-judgemental creative space

Both courses are intended as a space of artistic freedom, which encourages creativity, self-expression and confidence in one’s own artistic capabilities. These courses are a wonderful opportunity for you to build upon skills that you might not even know you have laying dormant. They are a non-judgemental creative space where we will encourage people to grow in their confidence as well as their ability.

Each term we draw on a different topic as inspiration and use this as a springboard in developing specific skills across different media and methods of artistic expression. We focus on exploring the artistic process, aiming to develop skills in conceptual thinking and tapping your innate creativity. We encourage a methodology involving playfulness, experimentation, trial and error, exploration of the functionality of tools, materials, processes and the attainment of the state of flow. You will also have access to our extensive library of inspirational art materials and fine art books available for browsing.

Each project in the class has clear parameters so that everyone is able to leave each week with a sense of both accomplishment and progress. At the end of each term we organise an informal exhibition so that you are given the opportunity to present the works you have created during the term.

Some of our current participants have been attending the Art Explore Projects course continuously since we started running this course many years ago, vouching for the strength of our artistic community and the continual development and appeal of the course content. We welcome new members to join us on this journey.

The price of each class includes use of all basic tools and materials needed for the course content.

Try one class

We offer a trial class in each course, which gives you the opportunity to join us for a single session to sample the course content, explore and create art in our beautiful and well equipped ground floor courtyard garden studio, and experience the friendly, open and creative atmosphere. You can treat this trial class as an introduction to the activities that will be covered in the course over the term.

Drop in as suits your schedule

If you have a busy schedule, you are welcome to attend either course flexibly on a drop in basis.

Join once the term has commenced

Missed the start of term? You are also welcome to join the full course at any point in the term, provided there is availability, however please contact us if you would like to start after the first class of the term has already run, as the course price will be reduced to reflect the number of classes remaining in the term. You can pay over the phone or by cash or card at the class. This holds true also for anyone who has purchased the trial class.

Who teaches the courses

Both courses are taught by Auriol Hertford