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 *


Portrait in Pastel Strokes

January 23, 2018



During this mornings Pastel Portrait class students were encouraged to use a different approach and technique, similar to Degas. Not blending like last week, but layering colours using cross-hatch directional strokes, this method shows the surface form and contours in. Building up skin tones starting with bright colours then overlaying paler highlights. This method gives the flesh a rich depth of subtle colours, works best on a large scale.

Pictured is my 15 minute demonstration portrait on A3 coloured paper.

* As this was such a popular and successful class I will be holding a DEGAS themed Pastel Workshop on Saturday 24th March, where we can spend the day indulging in a full figure rendition. Details will follow shortly.



Some of the emotions that your creativity can release through the simple act of making Art.


Many find this process a deep comfort, a way to meditate, to concentrate all your mental energy to the task your hands are completing, leaving worries to one side for a few hours.


Its simple, the more you do the better you get.


Make this New Year a special one and fulfil your creative potential. Let us guide you on your path through demonstration, inspiration and encouragement to believe in your own unique gift.




Juliette and Barbara have been busy organising an array of interesting classes and workshops to fill the coming months with tempting visual treats.

Our classes are especially adapted to welcome all abilities at any level of artistic skill, beginners are gently guided through the basic skills and within a few sessions are speeding along their creative path. Never be afraid to have a go

CLASSES START FROM TUESDAY 9th JANUARY ’18 ( unless its snowing!)

Tuesday 10 am – 12.30 – PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd  ( 01424) 424010

Tuesday 1 pm – 3.30 pm –  ART – Watercolours/Mixed-media with Barbara Valentine

Wednesday10am – 12.30 – ART – Watercolours/Mixed-media with Barbara Valentine

(01424) 838264

Please feel free to ring the tutors for more class and booking information.






Presenting this fabulous Historical themed workshop, suitable for both painting and drawing mediums.

Medieval Costumed model with authentic Harp – holding the same pose all day.

Participants can either concentrate of a Portrait composition or the full figure ( although some drapes may change after breaks) with added backdrop and props.

This workshop is fully tutored and all abilities are welcome, guidance adapted to individual needs.


Date ~ Saturday 28th October 2017

Time ~ 10am – 3pm

Venue ~ Mountfield Village Hall TN32 5LG

Tutor ~ Juliette Dodd

Fee ~ £45

As usual complementary refreshments available throughout the day, please bring a packed lunch and your preferred art materials.

Early booking essential for these popular events as places are very limited

Contact Juliette on (01424) 424010 or email





It’s our Anniversary year and we are thrilled to continue to offer superior Art tuition in this beautiful rural location. Easily accessed via the A21/ A2100 and within a 30 minute radius from Battle, Bexhill, Hastings, Rye, Hawkhurst, Goudhurst, Cranbrook, Hurst Green, Etchingham, Burwash, Heathfield, Robertsbridge and surrounding villages. Our classes are so sought after students travel from as far afield as Eastbourne and Romney Marsh for our special sessions.

Specialist Art classes run by qualified tutors who are also practising professional Artists in the heart of East Sussex.

These highly popular and celebrated courses are very welcoming and friendly as well as informative and enlightening. We are happy to offer taster sessions before committing and can provide gift vouchers for a session or full term for the perfect present.

Extensive refreshments are available during each class catering for most needs, if you have any specific dietary requirement please inform the tutors who are happy to cater to your desires i.e Coeliac, lactose intolerant, vegan etc

All ages and abilities very welcome – you’re never too old to learn something new!

MIXED-MEDIA ART CLASSES – Tuesday afternoons 1 – 3.30 pm & Wednesday mornings 10 am – 12.30 with Barbara Valentine.  This amazing course consists of three 11 week terms and introduces the students to a full range of mixed-media with special attention to Watercolour painting. Barbara is a world renown and award winning Miniature painter and this is a unique opportunity to learn this ancient and mysterious tradition under expert guidance. Many students follow self directed projects, depending on experience, and learn new techniques adapted to individual needs. Each session has a botanical themed still life arranged for your delight, with seasonal flowers, fruit and foliage especially gathered from Barbara’s own beautiful cutting garden to inspire and enthral artistic works. All classes hold an array of practical equipment and a selection art materials needed so students can try a range of  mediums before they buy their own – advice happily given by the tutors.

Mixed-media encompasses all the art materials generally available and easily purchased from local independent suppliers including @The Crafty Norman in Battle and @In-Perspective at Bexhill. We offer our continued support to all these amazing shops for their dedication to our local and artistic communities and hope you do too.

Mixed-Media Term starts on Tuesday 12th September at 1 pm

For bookings and further information contact Barbara Valentine on (01424)838264  – email –

PORTRAIT CLASSES ~ Tuesday mornings at 10 am – 12.30 with Juliette Dodd . This structured course specifically concentrates on Portraiture and runs in three distinct terms throughout the academic year. Term One – 10 weeks – Introducing Portraiture – starting at the beginning of how to get a likeness, facial structure and anatomy, shading and texture. Working with a range of drawing mediums from pencil, ink pen, conte, chalk and charcoal, teaching traditional academic drawing through to expressive experimental at a slow easy to follow pace. Term Two – Introducing Colour – with 5 weeks each concentrating on Pastels and Watercolour Pencils, building up students skill base and confidence as well as experimenting with individuals styles and strengths. Term Three – Introducing Paint – working with Watercolour and Acrylic paints in an easy to follow gradual way, this term helps deepen the technical application as well as learning colour mixing.

All Portrait sessions work from one or two models – depending on class size – as maximum of 10 students per sitter is preferred. Using live models gives a far superior subject to draw and paint, with an infinite variety of views, lighting and positions to choose from.

Term starts on Tuesday 19th September at 10 pm

For bookings and course enrolment contact Juliette Dodd on (01424) 424010 – email –

VENUE ~ MOUNTFIELD VILLAGE HALL TN32 5LG ( for more precise directions look in the ‘About” section)

FEES ~ Barbaras MIXED-MEDIA ART Course ~  £95 for 11 week term

PORTRAIT course ~ £120 for 10 week term paid in advance ( preferred)  – £13 per individual session ( please contact Juliette before you drop in )

Refreshments  ~ tea, coffee, de-caf coffee, herbal teas and a selection of nostalgic chocolate biscuits to delight and energise break times ~ £1









Costumed Portrait Painting Workshop – with young actor sitting for the whole day wearing Historical costume ( 1066 – Medieval Knight). Perfect opportunity to indulge in oils or acrylics and concentrate on an exciting and dramatic portrayal of this whole figure composition.

This is a tutored workshop for all abilities, beginners supported and experimentation encouraged for those that want to take their skills further.

Don’t be afraid to step into the darkness – big brushes and plenty of boldness – the safe zone is stagnant – time to swim with the tide.


PLACES LIMITED SO EARLY BOOKING ESSENTIAL ring Juliette on (01424) 424010 email –

Venue – Mountfield Community Arts ~ Mountfield Village Hall

Fee – £45

Refreshments provided – Portable easels available – Bring a packed lunch and your preferred mediums. Arrive early for a 10 am start.

1066 H


The last workshop of the season is on Saturday 22nd July

Fantastic acrobatic female model semi clad in futuristic costume ( think Fifth Element imagery)

Spend the day being inspired – drawing from a variety of quick and long poses

All abilities welcome – figure drawing tuition given, if needed, for each participant to exceed their potential and learn the fundamentals of successful figurative representation. Suitable for most drawing mediums.

Venue – Mountfield Village Hall

Time – 10 am – 3 pm

Fee – £45

Places are strictly limited so early booking essential. £20 deposit required to secure your place.

Bring your own art materials, A2 Boards and brand new folding easels available to use.

If you need an extra large board or taller easel, just ask prior to the day.

All refreshments during the day provided, please inform tutor of any special dietary requirements, bring a packed lunch.

Further information and booking ring Juliette Dodd – (01424) 424010

email –