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.

Bookings (01424) 424010 –

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 –

email –




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

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




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 –

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 –



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