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

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A big welcome to all our new and returning students, we are happy to help and guide you through your artistic journey.

Weekly classes to exercise, inspire, and teach – using a wide range of medium and techniques to stretch and push your natural abilities to excel in excellence.

Juliette Dodd will be teaching the Tuesday morning PORTRAIT class, beginning with the well loved and traditional medium of pencils. This course is for all abilities with special attention given to beginners, guiding you through the steps of drawing an accurate likeness and understanding the anatomical structure of the face, neck and shoulders. Once students are confident in the basics we will then progress on a journey through the many drawing and painting mediums in a gentle but challenging way with step by step demonstrations.

Returning students will be encouraged to pursue their quest for mastery over their favourite mediums – oils, watercolours or pastels.

A variety of interesting models sitting for two or three weeks in succession, giving scope to spend longer on a painting or to get to know a face well from many angles and different lighting effects.

PORTRAIT CLASS – Tuesday 10am – 12.30pm –

For booking and further information contact Juliette (01424) 424010


Fee – £100 for 10 week term – £11 per drop in session

ART WORKSHOPS with Barbara Valentine – Tuesday 1pm- 3.30 pm

Wednesday 10am- 12.30 and 1pm – 3.30pm

Barbara is a celebrated and award winning Miniaturist and Botanical artist holding specialist classes aimed at all abilities, beginners are especially welcome to these fun and friendly classes.  Students are helped and encouraged to follow their individual path of creative expression with Barbaras gentle but guiding teaching approach. Through exciting still life ideas, new and experimental medium applications, creative projects and progressive themes to inspire all. Practical demonstrations are an important part of the lessons, showing how a variety of effects can be created in a fast and fun way.

Subjects covered include – Composition and perspective, colour mixing and how to use complementary colours, how to grid up a reference photo, plus mounting and framing advice.

Miniature painting, oil and watercolour painting, pastel and acrylic painting, drawing and sketching.

Contact Barbara on (01424) 8382654

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Fee – £85 for 10 week term – £9 drop in session


New Classes for 2015

January 5, 2015

My New Years resolution is to learn something new, although I haven’t yet decided exactly what. Now is the perfect time to follow your dream and open your mind.

Our Art classes are ongoing so students are free to join in at any time during the course.

Barbara is currently running varied Art workshops on Tuesday afternoons and every Wednesday, which include a wide range of subject matter and techniques. All abilities are catered for including complete beginners, individual attention and teaching is adjusted to each students needs.

Tuesday morning Portrait classes this term concentrate on colour, working with pastels and great variety of models, usually two per session. Students will concentrate on replicating skin tone as well as a likeness with step by step demonstrations by Juliette at the start of each class. So far the progress of all last Septembers beginners has been exceptional, and the quality of work created continues to exceed their own expectations.

Of course the main aim of our classes is for everyone to have fun as well as be creative in an inspirational nurturing environment.

Prospective students are welcome to come for a taster session before enrolling, contact Barbara on (01424) 838264 or Juliette on (01424) 424010

Classes start at 10 am on Tuesday 13th January, although not if its snowing – please stay safe!


Choosing one colour plus charcoal and chalk


Student was a complete beginner 4 months ago


Great attention to detail


Amazing use of a limited pallet


Experimental and expressive portrait

Art courses for 2010 – 2011

September 2, 2010

Now in it’s fourth year, Mountfield Community Arts are pleased to announce the new courses beginning on Tuesday 14th September:

PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd  ~ Tuesday at 10 – 12.30, starting the term with ‘back to basics’ concentrating on drawing skills using pencils, conte, charcoal and pen & ink. Fee £90 for 10 week term, new students and all abilities welcome. For bookings or enquiries Tel (01424) 424010 or email –

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING with Barbara Valentine ~ Tuesday at 1  – 3.30 pm, all abilities welcome to learn different techniques working from seasonal still life or students own personal projects under expert guidance. Fee £78 for 10 week term. For bookings contact Barbara on (01424) 838264

MIXED-MEDIA with Barbara Valentine ~ Wednesday at 10 – 12.30, master a variety of media including acrylics, gouache, inks, pastels and oil paints. Fee £78 for 10 week term. All abilities welcome

MINIATURE PAINTING with Barbara Valentine ~ Wednesday at 1 – 3.30 pm, a specialist course aimed at students with previous painting experience. Working on Ivorine with oils or watercolour paints, specialist brushes on sale at reduced price. Fee £78 for 10 week term.

Bring your own art materials but don’t worry there is always spares if you forget plus paper for sale at cost price and easels to borrow.

Please contact the tutor to book a place, new students are welcome to a taster class before enrolling for a term. All classes are friendly and relaxed, tutors are experienced practising artists.

Tea, coffee and other refreshments are available during the break for 50p.

Many students exhibit and sell their artworks at local art society shows.

Do something different, learn something new, make friends and enjoy yourself!

Term dates 2010

April 21, 2010

PORTRAIT CLASS with Juliette Dodd on Tuesday mornings 10 am – 12.30 pm

27th April – Introducing Acrylic paints using one colour, brown and white on watercolour paper

4th May – Acrylics using two colours, brown, blue and white on watercolour paper

11th May – Acrylics – skin tones on canvas

18th May – Acrylics – colour and technique on canvas

25th May- Acrylics –  Last portrait class until September

SUMMER SCHOOL – Portraits in Oils on Tuesday mornings 10- 12.30, starting 8th June for six weeks , last class 13th July. Fee £70

Suitable for beginners, two models each for 3 weeks, step by step demonstrations covering a variety of techniques, working on canvas and board, oil paints and pallets provided.

WATERCOLOUR CLASS with Barbara Valentine, Tuesday afternoons 1 pm – 3.30 pm

MIXED-MEDIA CLASS with Barbara Valentine, Wednesday mornings 10 am – 12.30 pm

MINIATURE PAINTING CLASS with Barbara Valentine, Wednesday afternoons 1 pm – 3.30 pm