As part of this years Battle Festival celebrating Nature and the Environment, a very special Art Workshop held by tutor Juliette Dodd entitled ‘FAERIE’

We are lucky to be working from an ethereal live model dressed as a mythical woodland spirit; to beguile and inspire us to lose traditional inhibitions and release the inner artist, revelling in the pure joy of creation.

This is a mixed media session working with watercolour pencils, pastels, coloured pencils and pens with the added magic ingredient of collage. Let your imagination go wild with texture and layers, glue and sequins, iridescent wings flutter as twinkling fireflies flit around filling the picture with beauty.

Some collage materials will be provided including glue and additional magic, just bring paper and your favourite drawing things, an open mind and willingness to experiment.

The simple joys of play are the richest.


Held on Wednesday 16th October at 10am- 12.00

Shepherd Room , Battle Memorial Hall

Tickets £25 from The Crafty Norman – Art Supplies 9 High Street, Battle Tel. ( 01424) 773453



September 11, 2019


Tuesday Morning – PORTRAIT DRAWING class – with Juliette Dodd

Due to late holidays there will be a staggered introduction, with new students starting last week and during the following few weeks. It’s not too late to learn the basic skills of achieving a likeness from the very beginning – following step by step demonstrations and formulas for every aspect of drawing the face, explained and simplified.

As a tutor I prefer dealing with small groups as each student has their own journey, some need more help and others more encouragement to step out of their safety zone. My greatest joy is having lots of happy people at the end of a session, knowing they have all actually learnt something new – whatever age!

This course starts with the traditional and familiar graphite pencil, revisiting mark making and different types of tonal shading that are often overlooked in favour of more colourful mediums.

Pencil drawing is the foundations of all artwork, spending time exploring and enforcing your drawing skills will benefit all creative endeavours and adventures to come; it’s akin to learning your ABCs before you rush into writing your book.

Portrait Drawing Course 10 am – 12.30pm

Held at Mountfield Village Hall, ongoing dates except East Sussex School holidays.

For further information and bookings please ring (01424) 424010 or email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com



September 2, 2019

fullsizeoutput_819aDo we draw the shadows or the highlights?

Is it black on white or white on black?

Either approach will give striking results so come and join in the fun, revisiting familiar mediums and taking then to their limits.

The drawing term of the Tuesday morning PORTRAIT class starts on 10th September   with 10 weeks of mark making using graphite pencils, contè pencils, ink pens, black and white pencils and charcoal with chalk.

Working from an amazing range of character models for this special introduction to the Art of Portraiture – your confidence and drawing skills will improve rapidly as well as making new friends and exercising your creative brain.

10 week PORTRAIT term – £130 or £14 drop-in fee

Tutor – Juliette Dodd

Venue – Mountfield Village Hall, TN32 5LG 

Time – 10 am – 12.30 pm 

Book your place – (01424) 424010 or juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

Course has a half term break coincinding with the East Sussex school holidays during the last week if October, venue has drawing boards and full disabled access and facilities.

Refreshments are served during each session for £1 including a choice of hot drinks and chocolate biscuits.



WEEKLY ART CLASSES with qualified, experienced and dedicated tutors 

Courses begin on Tuesday 10th September  –  to suit all artistic tastes and directions, come and learn new skills, brush up old talents and excel under expert guidance.

All our courses are designed for the absolute beginner as well as the eager improver and are taught in a gentle informative pace including easy to follow step by step demonstrations.

We run our classes during East Sussex school term times so any student on Grand-parenting duty won’t miss out, unless the grand-children are in Scotland!

Weekly sessions include PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd held on Tuesday mornings 10 am – 12.30.

Providing a huge range of different models over the course, hand picked to be the most inspiring and visually challenging for each type of medium being used.

This course is the perfect introduction to observational drawing and is based on traditional Art studies that have been lost over the years, with individually tailored teaching for all participants to achieve their aesthetic goals.

While the subject is the human form and face, each session concentrates on the use of a different medium, ranging from pencils, pen and ink to soft charcoal. The first 10 week term covers all the dry drawing mediums for an amazing journey through tone and mark making that will open all possibilities and release creative pathways.

Ten week term for PORTRAITS – £130 – £14 for drop-in session.

Please reserve you place on this course by contacting Juliette ~ (01424) 424010 email juliette.bythesea@gmail.com


Barbara Valentine runs two weekly classes, Tuesday afternoon 1 pm – 3.30 and Wednesday Morning 10 – 12.30.

Each class is designed to inform and inspire individual students unique artistic journey – tailored to meet all the needs and fulfil the learners creative endeavours.

Barbara is a renown, award winning miniature painter as well as an expert draughtsman with outstanding painting skills; all this accumulated knowledge she is happy to pass on to her group through demonstration and examples.

Botanical Art is particularly encouraged and the love of flowers is almost revered with seasonal still life prepared for every class from Barbara’s amazing garden.

This is a fun, friendly class where you will mingle and make life long friends as well as learning exciting new painting techniques and share your experience with like minded fellows.

!0 week term – £95 or a £10 drop-in fee

For enrolment and queries ring Barbara on ( 01424) 838264 or email ~ barbara.valentine@mypostoffice.co.uk


From a recent painting workshop.




July 25, 2019


10 am – 3 pm

SPECIAL RENAISSANCE THEMED Portrait workshop – spend the day working from a model in costume similar to the Mona Lisa, with painted landscaped backdrop for added effect. Perfect opportunity to get the oil paints out and indulge in an alla prima painting.

Also perfect for Pastels or Acylics, all abilities welcome.

Juliette will be on hand to offer demonstrations, advice and painting guidance to those that need a tutor.

Limited spaces so early booking advised – fee is £45

Venue – Mountfield Village Hall TN32 5LG

Refreshments provided, please bring a packed lunch and your own preferred Art materials, there is a selection of travel easels available and prepared boards can be supplied if requested early.

Bookings and further information ring Juliette on (01424) 424010 or email juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com






This course is aimed at both total beginners as well as the more experienced Artist who would like to learn how to paint with oils.

Ever popular, with only limited spaces available allowing all participants get the utmost one to one tuition and individual guidance as possible.

START DATE – Tuesday 25th June, 10 am – 12.30

During the first three weekly sessions we will be working from the same model, with tutor Juliette Dodd giving easy to follow a step by step demonstration. Topics include; how to begin a portrait, mapping out a composition and how to get a likeness.

Colour mixing, paint application, brush techniques, the painted surface texture are all discussed. Students personal artistic styles are encouraged and celebrated.

DATES – 25th June, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July

TIMES – 10am – 12.30 pm – includes a 30 minute refreshment break.

VENUE – Mountfield Village Hall  TN32 5LG

FEE – £90 – includes oil paints, pallets, mixing medium and cleaning solvents.

EXTRAS – Prepared boards and stretched canvas are available to purchases at the first session ( £4 – £7 ) , if you need a specific size please contact the tutor before hand. If you are bringing your own give the surface a coat of neutral paint to cover the white before we begin – you’ll find out why quickly!

Limited spaces so please book early to avoid disappointment – Juliette (01424) 424010

email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com



An intensive five week course starting on Tuesday 14th May, with weekly demonstrations and step by step guidance to suit all learners.

Aimed at total beginners, these informative sessions will guide you through the application techniques and many special properties of this interesting medium.

Starting at a gentle pace and working from a variety of different models, we will study colour mixing and the use of mediums to create one or two pictures per session.

The most notable character of Acrylic paints are their extremely fast drying time – this makes the painter work speedily and spontaneously; something that takes a while to get used to if you’re usual medium is watercolours.

PROS – fast drying time – paint over mistakes easily – water soluble – lights over darks – cheap to buy – paint on any surface

CONS – fast drying time – lurid colours – dries a darker shade – can ruin brushes – stains clothes –

* TOP TIPS – invest in a quality thick white Acrylic paint, use cheap brushes and wear an apron/old clothes.

COURSE DATES – 14th, 21st May ( Half Term 28th) 4th, 11th, 18th June –

TIME – Tuesdays 10 am – 12.30

VENUE – Mountfield Village Hall

FEE – £60 if using your own paints/ £75 for paints/brushes to be supplied

Bookings and enquiries contact – Juliette on (01424) 424010 juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com