Art Classes at Upwey

Our Weekly Art Classes.

As well as our weekend and day workshops, we also run weekly classes for people of all levels of experience. Regular classes are held at Upwey Old School (see map below). 

Monday mornings:     10.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Monday afternoons : 1.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Friday mornings:         10.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Friday afternoons        1.30p.m. - 4.oo p.m. (Oil painting)

All materials provided

Different paints, acrylics/ watercolours etc. Different types of paper, pastels, ink, charcoal. There is a large table full of materials set up for each lesson. We have tried to think of everything you might want to have a go with, from masking fluid to bamboo pens.  Also Teas Coffee and croissants.

For the time being we are being careful about anything that might be shared. So you might want to bring your own mug for coffee and your own brushes and pencil. No need to bring paints or paper, we will provide a palette of paints and paper for you on you table. 

We have studio easels and table-top easels for everyone. For any outdoor classes we have sketching easels as well.

Unlike many other art classes, you will have two tutors working together to help you with your painting. Justin and Nicola Cooke are both professional artists who exhibit throughout the UK.

We demonstrate everything we do, so you can see the methods first hand.

The price for each session is £16.00 except for the oil painting session on Fridays which will be £18.00.

Oil Painting

We use Windsor and Newton, and Rowney oil paints  in these classes and this is included in the price. All you will need to bring is a canvas or board to paint on, some brushes and an idea for the painting project you would like to do, (this could be a large painting you wish to work on over several weeks, or a different project each session.


Oil Painting tips.

In each session we will give you tips and demonstrations  so you will learn about everything from the differences between linen and cotton canvas, how to prepare a board, using painting media, glazing, impasto with palette knife , choosing and trimming brushes.... the list goes on. We will then help you individually on the painting you are working on.

You are welcome to join us at any of these sessions. Let us know if you would like more information or would like to book in for a class

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It's not just the venue

Upwey is a delightful village in Dorset, UK, situated between Weymouth and Dorchester. It is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the South Dorset Ridgeway.

There could be no better place to hold our classes than the old village school. But it's not just the venue that is important; it is what we have created for our classes inside. Care has been taken to provide everything needed to transform what would have been an empty space into a proper art school studio, so that when you come to a class you step not only into an old village school, but into a true Art School experience.

If you would like to join us please get in touch

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