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







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!







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

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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

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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





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

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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.


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Especially to coincide with the current Degas Exhibition at the National Gallery London entitled ‘Drawn in colour’ – on until 7th May ’18

This Figure/Portrait workshop will study the pastel application techniques of Degas, while working from the model, in one pose all day.

Especially aimed at beginners to the medium as well as the more experienced, we shall work on coloured paper with a limited selection of pigments to create the maximum effect of light.

Workshop starts at 10 am and ends at 3 pm

Please bring your own materials and a packed lunch.

All refreshments are provided during the day.

Spare boards and easels are available at the venue.

Fee – £45

Venue – Mountfield Village Hall, TN32 5LG

Full wheelchair/disabled access and facilities on site.

Due to the high demand, only a few places remain, please book early to avoid disappointment – ring Juliette on (01424) 424010 or email –

* The accompanying portrait is not the model for this workshop *