July 5, 2017





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 – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

Three weeks in and the results are stunning.

With special thanks to our inspiring model Yvonne, in 1930’s themed attire. She was last seen on TV in the recent BBC production of E.F Benson’s ‘Mapp and Lucia’.

It’s lovely to finish a class and all the students are smiling and happy.





First Time with Oils

June 16, 2015

Introductory session of the Summer School, a handful of students were using oil paints for the very first time.

All spent quite a while getting their chosen composition sketched in, some included the whole figure while others chose to concentrate on head and shoulders.

This is the first of three sessions working on the same picture, some comments – “They are a lot easier to use than I expected” and “That was fun!”




AUTUMN TERM of the new year starts on Tuesday 16th September. 

Tutors Barbara and Juliette have adapted their courses slightly but are basically running on the same successful curriculum as before but embracing the students needs. 

PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd – Tuesday 10 – 12.30 – Weekly specialist classes providing a variety of models to work from, with step by step demonstration of a wide range of drawing and painting mediums. Beginners welcome as all students will be given individual help and advice to progress their unique styles and techniques.

Models will be in the same pose for 2 – 3 weeks consecutively. This will enable more experienced students to concentrate of oil painting and produce more detailed artworks, and others to study many views and changes of light on the subject.

FEES – Kept at the same price for advance bookings – £95 per 10 week sessions or £10 per session 

Book a place early as numbers are limited,  email – Juliette.bythesea@virgin.net  –  Tel (01424) 424010

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ART WORKSHOPS with Barbara Valentine –  weekly classes where students are encouraged to work in their chosen medium, Barbara will give demonstrations in different drawing and painting techniques and individual attention to all students. A huge variety of mediums and subject matters will be taught to beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Everyone encouraged to work on their personal projects with expert guidance on hand. Group Art exhibitions offered at the end of the course.

Tuesday 1.00 – 3.30pm

Wednesday 10 – 12.30

Wednesday 1.00 – 3.30pm

FEES – Advance payment of £80 per 10 week term or £8.50 per session, can accommodate drop-in attendance, for bookings please speak to Barbara on (01424) 838264 

A very successful and enjoyable 6 weeks in June / July, thanks to our fantastic models Thom and Irene, the students results were exceptional. Some were new to oil painting, some were trying out new techniques but everyone came away with two evocative and unique portraits.

Here are a selection of the paintings – 


summer school 14

summer school 14 (27)

summer school 14 (30)

summer school 14 (24)

summer school 14 (26)

summer school 14 (4)

summer school 14 (10)

 summer school 14 (7)

summer school 14 (1)

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