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







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

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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





Easter Art

April 18, 2019


Seasonal greeting to all our students, past , present and future.

Juliette is looking forward to the Portrait classes starting on Tuesday 23rd April: working with exciting Watercolour paint, using the three primary colours to have fun learning how to mix our pallet of gorgeous, bright tones.

Barbara’s Art classes will start the following week ( 30th April) as she will be more than busy all weekend painting fabulous portraits, fundraising for St. Michael’s Hospice’s event

The Great Easter Art Show is a biannual extravaganza held at Sedlescombe Village hall, open daily 10 am – 5 pm. Good Friday 19th April – Saturday ~ Easter Day and Bank Holiday Monday. Showing a huge array of artworks, to suit all tastes and budgets from many well known Sussex based practitioners. Original Paintings and drawings, prints and cards not to mention tea, cake and a raffle.

Barbara and Juliette will be there to promote Mountfield Community Arts, the courses and answer any questions – come and say hello.


Barbara Valentine’s beautiful miniature flower and fruit studies


March 11, 2019


These immensely popular and usually fully booked sessions introduce the eager learner to the wonderful genre of painting traditional Landscapes using a wide range of mediums and techniques to achieve your desired result.

This is the best time of year for beginning your Botanical painting projects, under Barbara’s expert guidance and fabulous reference of seasonal flowers and foliage.  Every session Barbara brings a colourful array of blooms that are arranged in a decorative still life to be painted.

Barbara is a very experienced and patient teacher, she enjoys giving fun and informative demonstrations, sharing the tricks of the trade only with her class.

Lots of creative enjoyment is always had at these friendly sessions, working with other like minded learners is always inspirational and gives you the confidence to try new approaches in a positive and nurturing place.

Barbara has two sessions a week ( during term time which is the same as all East Sussex schools) Tuesday afternoons 1 pm – 3.30 and Wednesday mornings 10 am – 12.30 pm.

For further informations and course bookings please contact Barbra on ( 01424) 838264 or email –




This is an intensive 5 week introduction course to Watercolour painting starting on Tuesday 26th March –

2nd April

* EASTER BREAK for two weeks *

23rd, 30th April , 7th May.

All classes are held at Mountfield Village Hall, TN32 5LG  at 10 am – 12.30 pm.

Primarily aimed at beginners and improvers to this lovely medium, we will work from a variety of models and gradually introduce colours and colour mixing techniques over the weeks.

Working on a small scale, using watercolour paper, students may bring their own paints – either pans or tubes plus a pallet and brushes.

Demonstrations and Guidance given to all.

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Surprise yourself!






A five week intensive course introducing the techniques and range of this under-rated medium, working from a variety of different sitters.

Watercolour pencils are basically paint sticks in a pencils form, drawing on a small scale,  in the regular way but every mark is in fact a pigment residue

During the course we will gradually increase the colour combinations, layering and defining. With easy to follow, step by step demonstrations to help guide you on your creative journey.

Just add a brush of water to set off the paint – experimental and accidental results are always fun.

Course start date is Tuesday 12th February.

HALF TERM during School holidays.

Resume on 26th Feb, 5th, 12th and 19th March.


Small class numbers so booking essential – bring sketch book, small brush and watercolour pencils.

Fee –  All five session £60 or as a single £13

Venue – Mountfield Village Hall

Time – 10 am – 12.30

Tutor –  Juliette Dodd – (01424) 424010 –

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