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Atelier Programme for 2015

A replica study painting in oils by studen Don McQueen

An old masters study in oils by student Don McQueen

We have an exciting programme of Atelier drawing and oil painting classes, new courses and a painting holiday for 2015. All of the classes and courses are steeped in the traditional creative values of the Renaissance.

In our studio you will learn classical drawing with charcoal and oil painting with techniques that have created masterpieces for hundreds of years. We have remained faithful to these tried and tested ways whilst making them accessible to all levels including those with no previous experience. You don't need a portfolio to join us; just a passion to learn!

Contact us if you would like to know more or to book onto one of our introductory classes.

Introductory Classes

A student working with Charcoal in Atelier Module 1

A student working with Charcoal in Atelier Module 1

New students are invited to Come and join us for a day in the Atelier - by taking up our One Day Introductory Class for a discounted price! New students of any ability are welcome to trial the atmosphere and teaching methods employed. Work alongside existing students and gain an idea of how you would progress through the modules.

You can join any class, just give us a call. This session costs only £20, for a limited time only.

Painting & Drawing Holiday in Cornwall

A student enjoying a beverage on a painting holiday.

A student enjoys a beverage on our 2014 holiday in Brittany.

Mevagissey, -

This year our En Plein Air painting holiday is set in a stunning converted farm on the Cornwall coast. The painting course's focus is to capture 3 different beautiful seascapes over 6 days of tuition. The venue has truly impressive on-site facilities, including a purpose-built art studio and an indoor pool. Come and join us for this great artistic get-away!

Thank you for an amazing holiday - great value for money, it exceeded expectations!
Andrew Larby - Brittany Painting Holiday 2014

Contact us to book your place or visit our holidays page for details!

En Plein Air Course Programme

Painting students get instruction on Studland beach in 2015.

Students painting with Martin in Studland 2015.

A programme of painting in oils on location in a variety of Dorset beauty spots. You will have lots of hands-on tuition with our experienced teacher, Martin Close, who will guide you through the key points of capturing nature from life.

This is the first course I've found that offers the rare opportunity to have step-by-step tuition and support while on location.
Liz Cumberbatch - Old Harry's Rocks 2015

Old Harry's Rocks &
Corfe Castle &
New Forest &

Contact us to book your place or visit our Courses for details!

Summer and Autumn Oil Painting Courses

A student during the Norwegian Fjord Course.

A student during the Norwegian Fjord Course.

A series of one, two and three day courses to support your artistic growth and to enjoy.

Relaxing, no pressure, educational, successful and rewarding.
Chris Spencer

Wild Seas - Inspired by David James

This course is suitable for beginners and more experienced artists that have some oil painting experience. You will create your own Wild Sea masterpiece inspired by British Old Master David James in oils, learning how to create realistic crashing waves.

3 Day Course: , &

Working with Colour - Theory into Practice

A one day course that gives you the opportunity to learn how to put colour theory into practice and mix the right colour every time.

1 Day Course:

A student during the Turner-style Seascape with Dramatic Skies course.

A student during the Turner-style Seascape with Dramatic Skies course.

Big Skies - Painting Clouds

You will be taught how to capture these big, atmostpheric, fluffy clouds using classical techniques. Very useful for painting En Plein Air.

3 Day Course:

Turner-style Seascape with Dramatic Skies

This course is suitable for beginners and more experienced artists. You will create your own Turner-styled masterpiece in oils.

2 Day Course: &

Students painting realistic fabrics.

Students during a Realistic Fabrics course.

Painting Realistic Fabrics

A truly inspiring course that will provide you with the understanding to create realistic folds and textures - all with a sumptious depth of colour.

3 Day Course: , &

Norwegian Fjord - Inspired by August Wilhelm Leu

Study and create your own unique version of Wilhelm's famouse Norwegian Fjord. Participants are required to have some oil painting experience.

3 Day Course: , &

Working from the Live Model Course

An artist paints a portrait from a live model.

Capturing a portrait from a seated model.

A truly wonderful 10 week course that has the main focus on learning to paint the figure in oils from life, providing you with the opportunity to study a variety of models in both nude and clothed postures.

Contact us to book now for the course.