This years intensive course will be mainly aimed at beginners and those with only a little experience of this wonderful painting medium over a six week period.

Starting off with step by step demonstrations by the tutor, with special attention to composition and proportions and individual guidance given to each participant.

Working directly from the model in the same pose with props for three consecutive sessions. Students benefit from this rare opportunity to spend the extended time working on their pictures. Thus enabling an in-depth and detailed Portrait painting over the course of two different three week topics.

Very Limited places to this highly popular annual event, the class has the maximum of 10 students and booking are on a first come first served basis.

Dates – Six weeks from Tuesday 12th June – 17th July 2018

Time – 10 am – 12.30 pm

Fee – 6 week course £85

Oil paints, mixing medium, easels and pallets can be supplied on request.

Painting surfaces are Canvas and prepared boards which will be on sale, please contact the tutor beforehand with your request.

Bookings and further information contact Juliette Dodd on (01424) 424010

email –


– Students painting from 2017 Summer School –




Learn something new  – suitable for Beginners – working from the model – a range of quick and long poses throughout the day.

  • Step by step demonstrations covering proportions and scale.
  • By popular demand – ‘How to draw hands and feet’ as an added extra lesson.
  • A2 boards and some easels at the venue
  • Time – 10 am – 3 pm
  • Venue – Mountfield Village Hall TN32 5LG
  • Fee – £40 including all refreshments – please bring a packed lunch.
  • Disabled access and amenities – free parking
  • Book early to avoid disappointment

Contact Juliette Dodd – ( 01424) 424010 or email

From a recent participant  – “Juliette made me feel very welcome, the introduction and guidance let me try at my own pace and as the day progressed I began to grow in confidence. I even had a couple of pictures that I was quite happy with.”

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!

The last term closed with the Portraits in Oils Summer School, sadly the final session was cancelled due to the model breaking her arm and having hospital appointments, although reference photos were taken to enable students to finish off their paintings at their leisure. This could also be a useful topic to carry on in class as working from photographs is something artists need to be able to do for various reasons. Oil paints can be as quick as watercolours to use plus there are water soluble brands on the market, especially useful for people who don’t like the smell of thinners as well as being easy to clean up after use.

Although I have been too busy this summer to finish my demonstration painting, I’ll bring it in along with the reference photo and we can carry on working with oil paints together as many students enjoyed their first experience of this medium.

Irene - stage 1

Irene - stage 2

Irene - stage 3

Irene - stage 4

Irene - stage 5