Roll up, roll up…..Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to present for your delectation, an extra special portrait workshop, introducing this CABARET themed painting day.

Perfect subject matter for all mediums – pastels, watercolours acrylics and oils.

We have the wonderful Gillian as our muse for the day, a circus & burlesque performer, ready and willing to entertain us while sitting as still as a statue.


* The Pose begins at 10am  – including props, costume and model

* Finish at 3pm with the grand cleaning of the brushes ritual

* Tutored workshop – individual guidance to all participant.

* All abilities very welcome

* Paints, canvas and portable easels can be provided on request.

* Refreshments provided throughout the day but please bring a packed lunch.

* Limited places available ~ please book early with a £20 deposit

* Fee ~  £45

* Venue ~  Mountfield Village Hall TN32 5LG

Contact – Juliette for queries and bookings ( 01424) 424010

email –


January 6, 2017

Start the new year as you mean to go on – set goals – make plans and release your creative side.

Art classes start again in January working with colour to help brighten up the dull winter months.

Juliette’s Tuesday morning Portrait classes are concentrating on Pastels for the next few sessions. After a slow build up before Christmas, students can experiment and have a bit of fun using the intense pigments this medium is known for .

Class start date Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 10 – 12.30



Barbara Valentine’s mixed-media classes vein a week later on Tuesday 17th January 1 – 3.30 and Wednesday 18th Jan 10- 3.30.

Lots of interesting subjects and techniques explored including coloured pencils for fine observational drawings (example pictured) as well as more expressional renditions of familiar scenes and landscapes.


New students are always welcome to come for a taster session before committing, bring a friend and have some fun. Classes are open to all abilities – have a chat to the tutor

Juliette – (01424) 424010

Barbara – (01424) 838264

Independent Art Classes in East Sussex between Battle and Robertsbridge, within 30 minutes drive from Bexhill, Hastings, St.Leonards, Rye, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, Wadhurst, Heathfield

Mountfield Community Art is run by professional artists and qualified tutors with many years practical experience – Bringing high quality Art education to Rural East Sussex

GREETINGS EVERYONE – we hope you’ve all had a wonderful Summer break, now we’ve rested, refreshed and rejuvenated – we are raring to go!

Mountfield Community Arts has continued to inspire and encourage the artistic side of all our students in all mediums.  Our aim is to spread the joy of creativity and enable everyone to gain the courage to continue their journey.

Weekly classes begin again for the new term on Tuesday 13th September. Juliette Dodd teaches the morning Portrait class at 10 am – 12.30. Specially adapted to for beginners, topics included are the secrets of getting a likeness, easy to follow rules of measurements and proportions, plus useful tips on composition. The first term concentrates of the fundamentals of drawing as the basis of all great art, using pencils, conte, pen & ink, charcoal and chalk. Keeping things simple until its time to progress.


Barbara Valentine holds regular weekly classes in Mixed-media, encompassing a whole range of different techniques and media – pastels, oils, watercolour, pencils etc. Tuesday afternoons plus two sessions on Wednesdays to cater for all abilities and subjects. Students are encouraged to work on their own projects under the expert guidance of multi award winning miniature painter, Barbara Valentine.

All the classes held here at Mountfield are very informal and friendly, attracting people from all walks of life and varying distances away, coming together in a shared love of art and beauty. These unique classes strive to encompass the traditional teachings of art from practicing artists/ qualified tutors who can genuinely make a difference to your life.

Classes –

TUESDAY morning 10 – 12.30  ~ PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd – a variety of different models weekly

Fee £100 per 10 week term

TUESDAY Afternoon 1 – 3.30 ~ MIXED-MEDIA with Barbara Valentine – Different media taught including watercolour, oils, drawing and sketching

WEDNESDAY morning 10-12.30 ~ MIXED-MEDIA with Barbara Valentine – Painting and drawing. Floral, landscape, miniature and personal projects, all with individual tuition. Demonstrations for various techniques during each session, Q&A plus tutorials and critique

Fee £90 per 10 wek term

For bookings and course information and enquiries please contact the tutor –

Juliette Dodd – (01424) 424010 –

Barbara Valentine (01424) 838264 –





                     2013 Classes begin on Tuesday 10th September

PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd , 10 am – 12.30 every Tuesday. Working from a model this course takes the student on an intensive learning journey using all the drawing and painting mediums. With Step by step demonstrations and individual guidance to reach your full potential as an artist.

WATERCOLOURS with Barbara Valentine, 1 pm – 3.30 every Tuesday. A varied course teaching a wide range of watercolour techniques both traditional and experimental. Materials are available to purchase.

MIXED – MEDIA classes with Barbara, both morning and afternoon sessions on Wednesdays. Featuring a wide variety of topics from Landscapes to Seascapes, Still life and Fantasy to Botanical and Historical. Mediums include inks, oils, pastels, acrylic and gouache in a range of scales from massive to miniature.

FEES – PORTRAIT Course – £95 for 10 week term

WATERCOLOUR and MIXED MEDIA courses – £78 for 10 week term

To be payed in advance

New students are welcome to a taster class.

All classes are fun, friendly and relaxed. Please bring your own art materials although the tutors will always have spare if you forget.

Book your place with the tutor –

Juliette (01424) 424010

Barbara (01424) 838264

Hello and welcome to our new term of exciting Art courses.

Lots to do, plenty to learn, friends to make and faces to gurn (?)..hay, we all have our ‘painting face’…you know the one with the tongue out, all screwed up in concentration?


PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd , Tuesdays at 10 – 12.30 ~ all abilities welcome, total beginners will be given a full grounding on anatomy, proportions and perspective, models provided. First session – just bring sketchbook and pencils and we’ll carry on a journey through the mediums from there.

Fee £90- per 10 week term

Contact the tutor on (01424) 424010 for further information.

WATERCOLOURS with Barbara Valentine , Tuesday at 1 to 3.30 pm ( starting on 11th Sep) ~ all abilities welcome, working with this beautiful and evocative medium, over the course you will be guided through the many different techniques to achieve the freedom of expression you have only dreamt of.

Fee £80 per 10 weeks

MIXED-MEDIA with Barbara Valentine, Wednesdays at 10 – 12.30 ( starting on 12th Sep) ~ all abilities welcome, combining a multi media repertoire to help fulfil your artistic desire, learn the basic techniques to work in a wide variety of mediums, oil, pastel, ink , acylics and more.

Fee £80 per 10 week term

MINIATURE PAINTING with Barbara Valentine, Wednesdays at 1 to 3.30 pm ~ for those with previous experience. This is a specialist course aimed at artist who wish to learn this ancient, secret and exquisite Art form. Please contact the tutor for further information

Fee £80 per 10 week term

Barbara Valentine (01424) 838264 ~ for bookings and more course information

Find directions to these classes in the ‘About’ section

An afternoon with Tom Baker

October 31, 2011

During the half term break from our weekly art classes, Barbara Valentine and Juliette Dodd were invited to spend the afternoon drawing quick portraits of actor Tom Baker, this was part of the fundraising day in aid of St. Michael’s Hospice ( Upper Maze Hill, St. Leonards-on-sea – During the afternoon hundreds of fans ( called Whovians) queued up to meet Tom for signings and photographs. Some came from as far afield as Australia and America and he spent time chatting to each one as well as meeting all the patients beforehand.

We sketched as many images as we could in the time, even though Tom was never still for a moment making our job very tricky but not impossible! After four hours non stop drawing we were exhausted, stopping when it got dark, although Tom insisted he carried on meeting the fans, he didn’t want to disappoint anyone…as we left the queue was still quite long.

Tom signed all the portraits, the Hospice kept one for their Foyer wall, one as a raffle prize, one was presented to the organizer and the rest were auctioned off for the charities funds. Barbara regularly paints quick portraits in exchange for donations to St. Michael’s Hospice at local Art shows and Fetes, she has raised thousands of pounds towards the charity over the years and well known at the many Hospice fundraising events. During the day we met lots of lovely and interesting people, Hospice volunteer James (pictured in the Hi-Viz jacket) will be modelling for Tuesdays Portrait class in the near future.

Tom Baker Raffle prize portrait

Tom Baker with portrait in progress

The lucky Raffle winner chose his prize

Juliette and Barbara drawing Tom while he meets his fans

James, Hospice volunteer

2011 News from Juliette

August 15, 2011

Another busy year ( and it’s not over yet)

Beginning in January with a Pastel Portrait demonstration to the members followed by a workshop in February for the Battle and District Arts Group.

Students work from Battle & District Art Group Portrait workshop

A further demonstration in March, this time showing the members of the Bexhill Art Society how to create a relief Portrait in clay ( similar to the image on coins only larger). This went down very well and the packed audience enjoyed it so much they have booked me to run a Portrait Relief workshop so they can all have a go themselves!

Demonstrating at Bexhill

A packed audience at Bexhill Art Society

I enjoy working with schools and getting children involved with artistic creations as well as adults so was it was great fun to be asked to design the centre piece display for Guestling Bradshaw Primary School, a Church aided school just outside Hastings. I worked in the class with Year 5 (9-10 year old), gathering their ideas for all the things to include in the Artwork, of course this had the school motto ‘Learning is a Journey not a Race’ in pride of place…which I rather liked.

After a page of suggestions from the children, the intrinsic message was condensed to just 4 words – LOVE-PRAY-LEARN-PLAY. The Head teacher loved this so much she wants it up in every classroom!  The finished artwork involved a 3D Cross decorated with garlands of flowers and leaves, from a design chosen from an in- school competition won by a young lad from Year 4. I worked with Year 5 again showing them how to make different flowers and leaves using New-clay, the results were very successful and all the children had great fun learning new skills. This project was funded by Pestalozzi International Village Trust.


During the Spring I was invited to teach a 6 week beginners Portrait course called ‘Face study’ to coincide with the acclaimed ‘Moving Portraits’ exhibition at Bexhill’s Art Deco Arts centre The De La Warr Pavilion (DLWP) We used the exhibition as a exercise in quick portraits, working from the images in Andy Warhol’s film ‘Screen Test’ to great results, the film showed various famous 1960’s actors and musicians in front of the camera for about 5 minutes, this gave the students just enough time to record each face before it changed to the next one. I split the group so that half  could work from the model while the others got to grips with using reference pictures, swapping after the tea break… and yes, they were all exhausted by the end of each session but had lots of drawings to take away!

Students working hards at DLWP

Students work from DLWP course

It was lovely to welcome all the new students to my Portrait classes and Summer School this year and already they have progressed by leaps and bounds.

Although I have only run one workshop earlier this summer, it turned out to be rather magical as the glorious weather allowed us to all work outside for the day, don’t worry it was in a secluded spot and I don’t think the party of passing ramblers could actually see the male model posing as an Ancient Greek warrior!

Classical Greek inspired drawing workshop

Another Portrait workshop , this time for the Art Group at Arlington , we all had a fun evening  working from the lovely model right next door to the Long Man of Wilmington with many thanks to Josie Tipler for inviting me.

Demonstrating at the Arlington Art Group

Barbara and I both attended the monthly Battle Craft Fair organised by Alice Mason at the Powdermills Hotel along with a huge variety of other artists and craftspeople for a stand promoting our classes and artwork for the Mayday Bank Holiday weekend. This was very well attended with lots of interested people not to mention some very lovely handmade soap and hand cream!

Juliette drawing a portrait of organiser Alice Mason

Mountfield Community Arts display with Miniatures by Barbara Valentine

In July I was asked to tutor the Hawkhurst Art Group and teach a few classes introducing them to ‘Drawing the Human Figure’. This was very successful and all the members were amazed at what they could produce working from one model in different poses but on the same page giving an impression of a group composition.

Hawkhurst Art Group drawing from the model

..and some for the results

Summer holidays began with my regular spot as Quick Portrait Artist, one of the daily events held during Hastings Old Town Carnival Week, helping to raise funds for local charities as well as meeting lots of interesting people ( and some Pirates!)

Quick sketch Pirate portrait from carnival week

Drawing Portraits on Pirate day

Barbara exhibited her paintings at the bi-annual Pett Art Exhibition at Easter and held her annual Open Studio Exhibition which was well attended during the first week of August, she also joined the Crowhurst Village Fete, at all events she was painting quick Watercolour Portraits in aid of St.Michael’s Hospice.

Current projects include producing a pebble Mosaic on the Lower Promenade at St.Leonards. This is a memorial to local beach artist, Sid Beynon who sadly passed away last year, organized by the Hasting Arts Forum.

Design for pebble mosaic - from Sid Beynon's beach art collection

UPDATE – SEPTEMBER – This picture shows the almost completed mosaic panel, which will be officially unveiled by the Hastings Mayor, Kim Forward at 11.40 , Saturday 1st October.

This Autumn I have been asked to be a mentor for the Pure Arts Group as well as an ‘Invited artist’ at the Battle Contemporary Fine Art Fair in September, giving quick sketch portrait demonstrations over the first weekend of the exhibition. Held at the Powdermill Hotel, Battle from Friday 16th – 23rd September, so bring the family for an exciting selection of artworks from international artists.

HASTINGS WEEK  – on Saturday 8th October 12 – 2 pm.I’ll be giving a public  demonstration using  Watercolour pencils to create a Portrait of well know social history author, Victoria Seymour. This will be part of the ‘Books Born in Hastings’ exhibition in Hastings Town Hall, which also features many local authors and illustrators. For further information about the event visit –  I have known Victoria for a few years now and have already illustrated the front cover of her last book entitled ‘Victory’s Children’, a fascinating and moving collection of memories and photographs from the people who grew up in the Hastings area during WW2.