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







This popular 6 week course is due to start on Tuesday 6th June and ends on 11th July

Working from 2 models, each for 3 weeks gives the optimum opportunity to complete an in depth portrait using this lovely and versatile medium. Compare different painting surfaces, trying canvas and smooth board, each has a unique application method to explore.

This course is aimed at both beginners, as an introduction to oil painting techniques and also the more experienced student to hone your skills under expert guidance.

Includes – Step by step demonstrations, composition and perspective advice, preparatory design, paint management, colour mixing and application. Ending each session with ‘How to look after your brushes’

Fee – £85 – includes oil paints, mixing mediums and pallet

Venue – Mountfield Village Hall TN32 5LG

Time – 10 am – 12.30

Bring your own brushes – portable easels available to borrow, canvas/boards to purchase, please request size needed.

Aprons/old work clothes advised

Very limited places so early booking essential.

Contact tutor – Juliette Dodd – (01424) 424010

or email –

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 –

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 –




March 2, 2016

IMG_1379Workshop date – Saturday 9th April  ~ 10 am -3 pm

Just confirmed, the lovely Sophie ( pictured) will be our subject for the day, dressed in elegant evening gown and surrounded by a period tableaux evoking the glamorous 1930s.

Suitable for both pastel and oil, acrylic or watercolour paints. Composition and proportional demonstrations and individual guidance, suitable for all abilities. Limited places contact tutor Juliette Dodd for booking – (01424) 424010 email –

Fee ~ £40

Canvas, A2 boards and some fold up easels are available on request, refreshments are free , please bring a packed lunch. Disabled access and facilities plus free parking.


LIFE DRAWING  WORKSHOP ~ Saturday 28th May ~ 10 am – 3 pm ( more details to follow)