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 –

email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com





January 2, 2019


A very Happy New Year to all our students, past, current and future ones.

Did you all get lovely new Art Materials for Christmas presents? Shiny boxes, clean pallets or virgin brushes?

There is something very special about an untouched colour selection box – in its pure perfection, a beautiful sight but also the promise it brings of new exciting creations.

It’s up to you to make the first move – never be scared to use these gifts as that’s exactly what they were intended for.

MOUNTFIELD COMMUNITY ARTS offer a range of classes that are aimed at the experienced as well as welcoming total beginners. So if Art – painting and drawing  – is something you’ve always wanted to have a go at or long to return back to – NOW is the perfect time to start. A brand New Year offering new experiences, learning while having fun is the best way to open your minds, make new friends and enjoy life to the full.


PORTRAITS – Juliette Dodd is running a short 4 week course specifically dealing with the different techniques of working with and using PASTELS.

Working from a selection of models who sit very still, Juliette will guide you through the process of capturing a likeness. Over the next few weeks students will gradually use more colours to achieve a lifelike skin tone and hair/fabric texture.

10 am – 12.30pm – £12 per session when paid in advance in blocks of 5 or 10 weeks or £13 as a drop in fee.

For course bookings or a taster session ring Juliette on ( 01424) 424010 or email juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

Below shows a demonstration picture done in class before Christmas, using just one colour ( pink) plus Charcoal and Chalk – the result was framed and given as an extra special gift to a loved one – everyone was happy!


ART CLASSES with Barbra Valentine – Tuesday 1.30 – 3.30 and Wednesday 10 – 12.30 pm

Barbara’s fun filled groups  are the high point of the week for her students, always interesting and inspiring. Barbara delights in bringing a wonderful selection of seasonal flowers and foliage as still life subject matter, as well as interesting object d’Art.

Her lively demonstrations range from exact Miniature techniques to the chaos and beautiful accidents of inks and watercolours.

Both Barbara’s classes come under the title of Mixed-Media, which means anything you can buy in at Art Suppliers shop!

For further information and any queries you may have, just ask Barbara on (01424) 838264 or email barbara.valentine@mypostoffice.co.uk




NEW CLASSES 2018 – 19

August 16, 2018


Welcome everyone – it’s time to think about continuing the amazing journey of creation and knowledge, to hone your artistic skills and gain new ones.

Lifetime learning is a vital human desire –  to help keep a healthy brain and stimulate your imagination on a deeper level.

This year the tutors at Mountfield Community Arts are continuing to offer courses in their specialised areas – enabling the students to gain the highest quality education and absorb the maximum benefit from the classes.

All mediums and subject matter are covered – plus a wide range of approaches and different painting and drawing techniques.

These classes happily embrace beginners with open arms, the tutors main aim is to spread the joy and love of creativity through self expression to everyone.

Join our weekly relaxed and friendly groups of like minded students.



PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd – Tuesday Morning – 10 – 12.30

Welcoming new beginners, as well as returners with this gentle approach to drawing and getting a likeness. Easy to follow formula and step by step demonstrations and guidance. All student get individual attention aimed at improving their own unique style.

The first term gradually introduces a wide range of drawing mediums from pencils through to pen and ink, then getting a little bit bigger and bolder with they dynamic medium of charcoal.

10 week term – £120

To enrol please contact Juliette on ( 01424) 424010 or

Email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

ART WORKSHOPS with Barbara Valentine – Tuesday 1 – 3.30 and Wednesday 10 – 12.30.

Barbara’s expert teaching offers students a concise and broad range of artistic skill-based problem solving.

Students are encouraged to work on their own personal projects with the invaluable help and professional input from Barbara, to success in their artistic aims.

Beautiful and inspiring seasonal still life arrangements are supplied at every session ready to be turned into your own work of art.

Barbara demonstrates and discusses a huge range of traditional and contemporary painting techniques,. These include : Oils, watercolour and acrylic and also specialist silk and  fabric painting to create your own personalised gifts as bags, scarves or aprons etc.

The wonderful world of Art is yours for the taking.

11 week term – £97

To enrol please contact Barbara on (01424) 838264 or

email – barbara.valentine@mypostoffice.co.uk



Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11th September

HALF TERM ( to coincide with the local Schools) 23rd / 24th October – NO CLASSES

CHRISTMAS BREAK – Starts on 29th November for Barbara’s classes

–  Juliette finishes on 12th December





August 9, 2018


During the summer recess the resident tutors, Barbara Valentine and Juliette Dodd have been busy with other projects.

Barbara painted many quick portraits, raising funds for St.Michael’s Hospice at The Crowhurst Village Fayre on Saturday 11th August ( 2 – 5pm ) She will also have leaflets and information about the new classes starting in September. Its a great afternoon of entertainment so it will be lovely to see you all there.

Both tutors have been busy getting ready for the new classes, organising and promoting, ready to welcome new students to the popular courses. Beginners to the subject are well catered for as this is a recognised way to excersise the brain to avoid early on-set Alzheimer’s and memory loss.

Of course creativity is beneficial to the soul and learning new skills is a vital and necessary part of life for every age.

Juliette Dodd recently had the pleasure of holding a few public events during Hastings Old Town Carnival Week celebrations. Painting the official portraits of both the ‘Sea Queen’ and ‘Sea King’ as well as a very special one of the Sea Court Attendant, the very first transgender woman to hold an official title in all the national Carnival Courts.

Hasting should be very proud to be the first to embrace all ages and all genders for these titles.

Juliette is also involved in ‘The Battle Arts Project’, collaborating with other artist from the Battle area, together they have involved all the local schools in a whole community Art project that will be exhibited and celebrated during the annual ‘Battle Festival’  during October.

We hope you all are enjoying the lovely Summer break as much as we are and look forward to seeing you in September – term dates and details will follow shortly.




Photos curtesy of Sid Saunders and Elizabeth Fowler.


This years intensive course will be mainly aimed at beginners and those with only a little experience of this wonderful painting medium over a six week period.

Starting off with step by step demonstrations by the tutor, with special attention to composition and proportions and individual guidance given to each participant.

Working directly from the model in the same pose with props for three consecutive sessions. Students benefit from this rare opportunity to spend the extended time working on their pictures. Thus enabling an in-depth and detailed Portrait painting over the course of two different three week topics.

Very Limited places to this highly popular annual event, the class has the maximum of 10 students and booking are on a first come first served basis.

Dates – Six weeks from Tuesday 12th June – 17th July 2018

Time – 10 am – 12.30 pm

Fee – 6 week course £85

Oil paints, mixing medium, easels and pallets can be supplied on request.

Painting surfaces are Canvas and prepared boards which will be on sale, please contact the tutor beforehand with your request.

Bookings and further information contact Juliette Dodd on (01424) 424010

email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com


– Students painting from 2017 Summer School –



This months portrait workshop is specifically designed for the use of chalk Pastels as an Art medium.

Exotic model dressed in rich and vibrant colours accompanied with glittering jewels to make the most of this dramatic medium.

All abilities welcome, especially beginners to this medium, as expert tuition and guidance  will be given by the tutor.

Step by step demonstrations.

As usual there is very limited places so early booking recommended.

Pastel Portrait Workshop – Saturday 26th May 2018

Venue – Mountfield Community Arts, Mountfield Village Hall TN32 5LG

Time – 10 – 3 pm

Fee – £45

For bookings contact Juliette Dodd ( 01424) 424010

email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

Refreshments provided throughout the day, please bring a packed lunch and your preferred Art materials.

Dark or richly coloured paper is advised to get the maximum results.







After the amazing work produced during the last workshop I have the greatest of pleasures to organise this rich visual feast for your delectation.

‘The Queen Of Sheba’ was a Biblical character who has, throughout the millennium, sparked the imagination and inspiration of many great artists to create the most beautiful Artworks.

The whole tableaux of this gorgeous subject will be a stunning array for participants to relish.

Working all day from one pose, we have the beautiful Ethiopian model in costume, surrounded by Royal drapery and artefacts to help recreate this regal subject matter.

Suitable for pastels or oil paint, as the colours will be sumptuous and bright.

Beginners are very welcome as there will be Demonstration by the tutor and individual guidance tailored to each participants needs.

VERY LIMITED SPACES – on a first come basis, £20 deposit required which is non- returnable if the participant fails to attend.

VENUE – Mountfield Community Arts, Mountfield Village Hall, Robertsbridge TN32 5LG

TIME – 10 am – 3 pm

FEE – £45

Portable easels available , although they are best for sitting at rather than standing due to height. A2 boards at the venue. Refreshments provided throughout the day. Disabled access and facilities. Free parking

Please bring your own art materials and a packed lunch.


email – juliette.bythese1@gmail.com