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Our Painting Courses

Whether you’re a seasoned artist looking to refine your techniques or someone embarking on their creative journey, our courses are designed to inspire and nurture your artistic talent. Immerse yourself in a vibrant community of like-minded individuals, led by experienced and passionate instructors who will guide you through the magic of colours, textures, and compositions.

Absolute Beginners & Beginners

Friendly, supportive and structured course that will help you develop your painting skills.

Suitable for: Complete newbie with absolutely no prior experience. Some prior experience but no foundation knowledge

Description: Self-directed workshops for watercolour, acrylics & mixed media. This 5-day summer school provides creative space and individual tutor support. Suitable for those with significant experience. This course will take place at Stoke Lodge.

Tutor: Laurel Smart   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 12 Aug 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Full time - all week 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £230 (Concession: £140)

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Description: Ideal for beginners and more experienced watercolourists

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 19 Aug 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Full time - all week 09:30-13:30   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Fully booked   Fee: £150 (Concession: £90)

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Description: An opportunity to explore Richard Diebenkorn's work. He is associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Tutor: Jenny Ibrahim   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 19 Aug 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Mon Tue 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Fully booked   Fee: £96 (Concession: £58)

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Description: Ideal for beginners and more experienced watercolourists

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 27 Aug 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Tue Wed Thu Fri 09:30-13:30   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £120 (Concession: £72)

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Description: This introductory course covers all aspects of watercolour painting and will guide you through various techniques. You will develop the skills, experience, and confidence needed to approach different watercolour subjects.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 09 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Mon 13:00-15:30   Duration: 7 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £141 (Concession: £85)

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Description: A friendly and supportive class for post-beginner painters looking to take their acrylics to the next level. You will receive guidance, demonstrations and help with your work. Improve your confidence to create more challenging work, whilst developing your own style of painting.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 09 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Mon 09:30-12:30   Duration: 12 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £289 (Concession: £174)

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Description: You will explore colour mixing, how to apply paint, what equipment, paints, brushes and canvases you need. You will learn how to paint landscapes, seascapes and still life, with tutor-led demonstrations, advice and guidance.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 10 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Tue 13:00-16:00   Duration: 7 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £169 (Concession: £102)

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Description:  A friendly and supportive class for intermediate acrylic painters who want to produce paintings on a more challenging level. You will receive guidance, demonstrations and help with your work. Improve your confidence to create more challenging work, whilst developing your own style of painting.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 11 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Wed 13:00-16:00   Duration: 12 week(s)

Availability: Last few   Fee: £289 (Concession: £174)

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Description: A friendly and supportive class for experienced acrylic painters who still want to learn new skills and techniques. Improve your confidence to create more challenging work, whilst developing your own individual style of painting. Come and be inspired.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 11 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Wed 09:30-12:30   Duration: 12 week(s)

Availability: Fully booked   Fee: £289 (Concession: £174)

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Description: Learners can tailor-make their experience by selecting projects which meet their particular interests. The tutor will provide projects covering a wide range of subject matter including portraits, landscapes and still lifes, or learners are welcome to bring along their own projects too.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 12 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Thu 10:00-12:30   Duration: 7 week(s)

Availability: Fully booked   Fee: £141 (Concession: £85)

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Description: This course is ideal for the experienced watercolourist looking to further their skills. It provides ample painting time and plenty of technical advice from the tutor, all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 12 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Thu 09:30-12:30   Duration: 7 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £169 (Concession: £102)

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Description: This course is designed for intermediate learners looking to improve their watercolour skills and transition into more advanced techniques. Learners will refine their understanding of colour theory, brushwork, and various watercolour methods to create stunning, expressive paintings.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 12 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Thu 13:30-16:30   Duration: 7 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £169 (Concession: £102)

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Description: Led by an experienced tutor, beginners will be guided through traditional methods of using oil paints, while those with some experience will be encouraged to develop existing skills. Learners will work on individual projects and will develop confidence and ability throughout the term.

Tutor: Jenny Ibrahim   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 13 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Fri 12:45-15:45   Duration: 13 week(s)

Availability: Last few   Fee: £313 (Concession: £189)

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Description: Led by an experienced tutor you will have the opportunity to continue to learn, apply and extend your watercolour skills and techniques to create vibrant and colourful paintings. Develop your painting style with a range of interesting projects.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 17 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Tue 09:30-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Last few   Fee: £145 (Concession: £88)

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Description: A practical course for beginners and experienced artists who want to explore the creative possibilities of mixed media. This course dives into the exciting world of mixed media art, exploring various techniques and materials to create dynamic, unique, and visually captivating compositions.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 17 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Tue 18:00-20:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £131 (Concession: £83)

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Description: Experiment with printmaking. For both aspiring and established printmakers. This course will be delivered at St Paul's Learning Centre.

Tutor: Barbara Disney   Location: St Paul's Learning Centre (BS2 8XJ)

Start Date: 20 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Fri 10:00-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £150 (Concession: £95)

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Description: A unique, practical course which offers physical and creative space to develop your painting. The course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Tutor: Laurel Smart   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 05 Oct 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Weekends Sat Sun 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £98 (Concession: £60)

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Description: The one-day oil painting workshop is designed to equip you with all the essentials to begin your journey in this vibrant medium. You will spend the day creating a still life painting, receiving detailed instruction and support from an experienced tutor.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 12 Oct 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Sat 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £50 (Concession: £38)

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Description: This introductory course covers all aspects of watercolour painting and will guide you through various techniques. You will develop the skills, experience, and confidence needed to approach different watercolour subjects.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 04 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Mon 13:00-15:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £101 (Concession: £61)

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Description: You will explore colour mixing, how to apply paint, what equipment, paints, brushes and canvases you need. You will learn how to paint landscapes, seascapes and still life, with tutor-led demonstrations, advice and guidance.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 05 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Tue 13:00-16:00   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: Led by an experienced tutor you will have the opportunity to continue to learn, apply and extend your watercolour skills and techniques to create vibrant and colourful paintings. Develop your painting style with a range of interesting projects.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 05 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Tue 09:30-12:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: A practical course for beginners and experienced artists who want to explore the creative possibilities of mixed media. This course dives into the exciting world of mixed media art, exploring various techniques and materials to create dynamic, unique, and visually captivating compositions.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 05 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Tue 18:00-20:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £131 (Concession: £83)

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Description: Oil painting can be confusing for the beginner painter. What colours should you buy? When should you use paint thinner? How and when do you use painting mediums? All of these questions and many more will be answered in this fun, interesting and friendly class for absolute beginners.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 07 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Thu 13:30-16:00   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: Learners can tailor-make their experience by selecting projects which meet their particular interests. The tutor will provide projects covering a wide range of subject matter including portraits, landscapes and still lifes, or learners are welcome to bring along their own projects too.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 07 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Thu 10:00-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: This course is ideal for the experienced watercolourist looking to further their skills. It provides ample painting time and plenty of technical advice from the tutor, all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 07 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Thu 09:30-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £145 (Concession: £89)

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Description: This course is designed for intermediate learners looking to improve their watercolour skills and transition into more advanced techniques. Learners will refine their understanding of colour theory, brushwork, and various watercolour methods to create stunning, expressive paintings.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 07 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Thu 13:30-16:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £145 (Concession: £89)

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Description: Experiment with printmaking. For both aspiring and established printmakers. This course will be delivered at St Paul's Learning Centre.

Tutor: Barbara Disney   Location: St Paul's Learning Centre (BS2 8XJ)

Start Date: 08 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Fri 10:00-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £150 (Concession: £95)

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Description: Unleash your creativity by transforming coffee into art in this unique one-day workshop. Learners will explore the versatile medium of coffee as paint, experimenting with various techniques and styles to create stunning, coffee-inspired artwork. 

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 09 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Sat 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £50 (Concession: £37)

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Description: A unique, practical course which offers physical and creative space to develop your painting. The course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Tutor: Laurel Smart   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 16 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Weekends Sat Sun 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £98 (Concession: £60)

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Description: The one-day oil painting workshop is designed to equip you with all the essentials to begin your journey in this vibrant medium. You will spend the day creating a still life painting, receiving detailed instruction and support from an experienced tutor.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 23 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Sat 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £50 (Concession: £38)

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Description: This one-day workshop will give experienced colourists an increased understanding of watercolours and will enable them to paint more confidently. The tutor will set an appropriate pace to ensure everyone in the group can get the most out of the day. Reference pictures are provided.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 07 Dec 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Sat 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £50 (Concession: £37)

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Description: A unique, practical course which offers physical and creative space to develop your painting. The course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Tutor: Laurel Smart   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 12 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Weekends Sat Sun 10:00-16:00   Duration: 2 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £98 (Concession: £60)

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Description: This introductory course covers all aspects of watercolour painting and will guide you through various techniques. You will develop the skills, experience, and confidence needed to approach different watercolour subjects.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 13 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Mon 13:00-15:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £101 (Concession: £61)

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Description: A friendly and supportive class for post-beginner painters looking to take their acrylics to the next level. You will receive guidance, demonstrations and help with your work. Improve your confidence to create more challenging work, whilst developing your own style of painting.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 13 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Mon 09:30-12:30   Duration: 11 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £265 (Concession: £160)

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Description: You will explore colour mixing, how to apply paint, what equipment, paints, brushes and canvases you need. You will learn how to paint landscapes, seascapes and still life, with tutor-led demonstrations, advice and guidance.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 14 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Tue 13:00-16:00   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: Led by an experienced tutor you will have the opportunity to continue to learn, apply and extend your watercolour skills and techniques to create vibrant and colourful paintings. Develop your painting style with a range of interesting projects.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 14 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Tue 09:30-12:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: A practical course for beginners and experienced artists who want to explore the creative possibilities of mixed media. This course dives into the exciting world of mixed media art, exploring various techniques and materials to create dynamic, unique, and visually captivating compositions.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 14 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Tue 18:00-20:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £111 (Concession: £71)

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Description:  A friendly and supportive class for intermediate acrylic painters who want to produce paintings on a more challenging level. You will receive guidance, demonstrations and help with your work. Improve your confidence to create more challenging work, whilst developing your own style of painting.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 15 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Wed 13:00-16:00   Duration: 11 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £265 (Concession: £160)

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Description: A friendly and supportive class for experienced acrylic painters who still want to learn new skills and techniques. Improve your confidence to create more challenging work, whilst developing your own individual style of painting. Come and be inspired.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 15 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Wed 09:30-12:30   Duration: 11 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £265 (Concession: £160)

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Description: Oil painting can be confusing for the beginner painter. What colours should you buy? When should you use paint thinner? How and when do you use painting mediums? All of these questions and many more will be answered in this fun, interesting and friendly class for absolute beginners.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 16 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Thu 13:30-16:00   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £101 (Concession: £61)

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Description: Learners can tailor-make their experience by selecting projects which meet their particular interests. The tutor will provide projects covering a wide range of subject matter including portraits, landscapes and still lifes, or learners are welcome to bring along their own projects too.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 16 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Thu 10:00-12:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £101 (Concession: £61)

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Description: This course is ideal for the experienced watercolourist looking to further their skills. It provides ample painting time and plenty of technical advice from the tutor, all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 16 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Thu 09:30-12:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: This course is designed for intermediate learners looking to improve their watercolour skills and transition into more advanced techniques. Learners will refine their understanding of colour theory, brushwork, and various watercolour methods to create stunning, expressive paintings.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 16 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Thu 13:30-16:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: Led by an experienced tutor, beginners will be guided through traditional methods of using oil paints, while those with some experience will be encouraged to develop existing skills. Learners will work on individual projects and will develop confidence and ability throughout the term.

Tutor: Jenny Ibrahim   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 17 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Fri 12:45-15:45   Duration: 11 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £265 (Concession: £160)

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Description: Experiment with printmaking. For both aspiring and established printmakers. This course will be delivered at St Paul's Learning Centre.

Tutor: Barbara Disney   Location: St Paul's Learning Centre (BS2 8XJ)

Start Date: 17 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Fri 10:00-12:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £130 (Concession: £83)

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Description: This one-day workshop will give experienced colourists an increased understanding of watercolours and will enable them to paint more confidently. The tutor will set an appropriate pace to ensure everyone in the group can get the most out of the day. Reference pictures are provided.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 08 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Sat 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £50 (Concession: £37)

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Description: This introductory course covers all aspects of watercolour painting and will guide you through various techniques. You will develop the skills, experience, and confidence needed to approach different watercolour subjects.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 24 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Mon 13:00-15:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: You will explore colour mixing, how to apply paint, what equipment, paints, brushes and canvases you need. You will learn how to paint landscapes, seascapes and still life, with tutor-led demonstrations, advice and guidance.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 25 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Tue 13:00-16:00   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £145 (Concession: £88)

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Description: Led by an experienced tutor you will have the opportunity to continue to learn, apply and extend your watercolour skills and techniques to create vibrant and colourful paintings. Develop your painting style with a range of interesting projects.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 25 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Tue 09:30-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £145 (Concession: £88)

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Description: A practical course for beginners and experienced artists who want to explore the creative possibilities of mixed media. This course dives into the exciting world of mixed media art, exploring various techniques and materials to create dynamic, unique, and visually captivating compositions.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 25 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Tue 18:00-20:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £131 (Concession: £83)

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Description: Collage and collograph are a great combination! They are both made by assembling different pieces to create a new, finished work of art with collographs taking colour and texture a step further. In this course, you will use collage and collograph in new and innovative ways.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 26 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Wed 15:15-17:15   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £97 (Concession: £59)

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Description: Oil painting can be confusing for the beginner painter. What colours should you buy? When should you use paint thinner? How and when do you use painting mediums? All of these questions and many more will be answered in this fun, interesting and friendly class for absolute beginners.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 27 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Thu 13:30-16:00   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: Learners can tailor-make their experience by selecting projects which meet their particular interests. The tutor will provide projects covering a wide range of subject matter including portraits, landscapes and still lifes, or learners are welcome to bring along their own projects too.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 27 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Thu 10:00-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: This course is ideal for the experienced watercolourist looking to further their skills. It provides ample painting time and plenty of technical advice from the tutor, all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 27 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Thu 09:30-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £145 (Concession: £89)

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Description: This course is designed for intermediate learners looking to improve their watercolour skills and transition into more advanced techniques. Learners will refine their understanding of colour theory, brushwork, and various watercolour methods to create stunning, expressive paintings.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 27 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Thu 13:30-16:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £145 (Concession: £89)

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Description: Experiment with printmaking. For both aspiring and established printmakers. This course will be delivered at St Paul's Learning Centre.

Tutor: Barbara Disney   Location: St Paul's Learning Centre (BS2 8XJ)

Start Date: 28 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Fri 10:00-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £150 (Concession: £95)

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Description: A unique, practical course which offers physical and creative space to develop your painting. The course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Tutor: Laurel Smart   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 01 Mar 2025 (Spring)   Times: Weekends Sat Sun 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £98 (Concession: £60)

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Description: The one-day oil painting workshop is designed to equip you with all the essentials to begin your journey in this vibrant medium. You will spend the day creating a still life painting, receiving detailed instruction and support from an experienced tutor.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 22 Mar 2025 (Spring)   Times: Sat 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £50 (Concession: £38)

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Description: Led by an experienced tutor you will have the opportunity to continue to learn, apply and extend your watercolour skills and techniques to create vibrant and colourful paintings. Develop your painting style with a range of interesting projects.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 22 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Tue 09:30-12:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: A practical course for beginners and experienced artists who want to explore the creative possibilities of mixed media. This course dives into the exciting world of mixed media art, exploring various techniques and materials to create dynamic, unique, and visually captivating compositions.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 22 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Tue 18:00-20:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £111 (Concession: £71)

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Description: Ever wanted to paint or draw outdoors but were unsure of how to begin? The tutor will demonstrate techniques to suggest the complexities of nature, allowing you to work quickly and manage the changing light and weather.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 23 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Wed 15:15-17:15   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £97 (Concession: £59)

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Description: Oil painting can be confusing for the beginner painter. What colours should you buy? When should you use paint thinner? How and when do you use painting mediums? All of these questions and many more will be answered in this fun, interesting and friendly class for absolute beginners.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 24 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Thu 13:30-16:00   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £101 (Concession: £61)

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Description: Learners can tailor-make their experience by selecting projects which meet their particular interests. The tutor will provide projects covering a wide range of subject matter including portraits, landscapes and still lifes, or learners are welcome to bring along their own projects too.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 24 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Thu 10:00-12:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £101 (Concession: £61)

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Description: This course is ideal for the experienced watercolourist looking to further their skills. It provides ample painting time and plenty of technical advice from the tutor, all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 24 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Thu 09:30-12:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: This course is designed for intermediate learners looking to improve their watercolour skills and transition into more advanced techniques. Learners will refine their understanding of colour theory, brushwork, and various watercolour methods to create stunning, expressive paintings.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 24 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Thu 13:30-16:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: Led by an experienced tutor, beginners will be guided through traditional methods of using oil paints, while those with some experience will be encouraged to develop existing skills. Learners will work on individual projects and will develop confidence and ability throughout the term.

Tutor: Jenny Ibrahim   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 25 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Fri 12:45-15:45   Duration: 12 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £289 (Concession: £174)

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Description: Experiment with printmaking. For both aspiring and established printmakers. This course will be delivered at St Paul's Learning Centre.

Tutor: Barbara Disney   Location: St Paul's Learning Centre (BS2 8XJ)

Start Date: 25 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Fri 10:00-12:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £130 (Concession: £83)

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Description: A unique, practical course which offers physical and creative space to develop your painting. The course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Tutor: Laurel Smart   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 26 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Weekends Sat Sun 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £98 (Concession: £60)

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Description: A friendly and supportive class for post-beginner painters looking to take their acrylics to the next level. You will receive guidance, demonstrations and help with your work. Improve your confidence to create more challenging work, whilst developing your own style of painting.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 28 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Mon 09:30-12:30   Duration: 9 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £271 (Concession: £131)

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Description: You will explore colour mixing, how to apply paint, what equipment, paints, brushes and canvases you need. You will learn how to paint landscapes, seascapes and still life, with tutor-led demonstrations, advice and guidance.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 29 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Tue 13:00-16:00   Duration: 4 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £97 (Concession: £59)

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Description:  A friendly and supportive class for intermediate acrylic painters who want to produce paintings on a more challenging level. You will receive guidance, demonstrations and help with your work. Improve your confidence to create more challenging work, whilst developing your own style of painting.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 30 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Wed 13:00-16:00   Duration: 10 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £241 (Concession: £145)

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Description: A friendly and supportive class for experienced acrylic painters who still want to learn new skills and techniques. Improve your confidence to create more challenging work, whilst developing your own individual style of painting. Come and be inspired.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 30 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Wed 09:30-12:30   Duration: 10 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £241 (Concession: £145)

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Description: This one-day workshop will give experienced colourists an increased understanding of watercolours and will enable them to paint more confidently. The tutor will set an appropriate pace to ensure everyone in the group can get the most out of the day. Reference pictures are provided.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 17 May 2025 (Summer)   Times: Sat 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £50 (Concession: £37)

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Description: This introductory course covers all aspects of watercolour painting and will guide you through various techniques. You will develop the skills, experience, and confidence needed to approach different watercolour subjects.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 02 Jun 2025 (Summer)   Times: Mon 13:00-15:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Description: You will explore colour mixing, how to apply paint, what equipment, paints, brushes and canvases you need. You will learn how to paint landscapes, seascapes and still life, with tutor-led demonstrations, advice and guidance.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 03 Jun 2025 (Summer)   Times: Tue 13:00-16:00   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £145 (Concession: £88)

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Description: Led by an experienced tutor you will have the opportunity to continue to learn, apply and extend your watercolour skills and techniques to create vibrant and colourful paintings. Develop your painting style with a range of interesting projects.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 03 Jun 2025 (Summer)   Times: Tue 09:30-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £145 (Concession: £88)

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Description: A practical course for beginners and experienced artists who want to explore the creative possibilities of mixed media. This course dives into the exciting world of mixed media art, exploring various techniques and materials to create dynamic, unique, and visually captivating compositions.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 03 Jun 2025 (Summer)   Times: Tue 18:00-20:30   Duration: 7 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £151 (Concession: £95)

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Description: Learners can tailor-make their experience by selecting projects which meet their particular interests. The tutor will provide projects covering a wide range of subject matter including portraits, landscapes and still lifes, or learners are welcome to bring along their own projects too.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 05 Jun 2025 (Summer)   Times: Thu 10:00-12:30   Duration: 7 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £141 (Concession: £85)

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Description: This course is ideal for the experienced watercolourist looking to further their skills. It provides ample painting time and plenty of technical advice from the tutor, all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 05 Jun 2025 (Summer)   Times: Thu 09:30-12:30   Duration: 7 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £169 (Concession: £102)

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Description: Experiment with printmaking. For both aspiring and established printmakers. This course will be delivered at St Paul's Learning Centre.

Tutor: Barbara Disney   Location: St Paul's Learning Centre (BS2 8XJ)

Start Date: 06 Jun 2025 (Summer)   Times: Fri 10:00-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £150 (Concession: £95)

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Description: In this one-day workshop, you will develop your landscape painting skills using the picturesque grounds of Stoke Lodge as inspiration. The tutor will provide guidance throughout the day to help you capture the scenery.

Tutor: Warren Sealey   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 14 Jun 2025 (Summer)   Times: Sat 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £50 (Concession: £38)

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Description: Unleash your creativity by transforming coffee into art in this unique one-day workshop. Learners will explore the versatile medium of coffee as paint, experimenting with various techniques and styles to create stunning, coffee-inspired artwork. 

Tutor: Ellie Minaei   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 14 Jun 2025 (Summer)   Times: Sat 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £50 (Concession: £37)

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Description: A unique, practical course which offers physical and creative space to develop your painting. The course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Tutor: Laurel Smart   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 21 Jun 2025 (Summer)   Times: Weekends Sat Sun 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £98 (Concession: £60)

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Description: The summer school encourages a multi-disciplinary approach to working on paper and fabric.

Tutor: Barbara Disney   Location: St Paul's Learning Centre (BS2 8XJ)

Start Date: 28 Jul 2025 (Summer)   Times: Full time - all week 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £282 (Concession: £175)

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Our Art Tutors

Laurel Smart

Art Tutor

I have taught painting in schools, colleges, universities and, since 1983, in Adult Education. I have a wealth of knowledge about how people learn and how to create a friendly and productive learning environment. My courses are structured, students learn skills that can be applied to individual pieces of work. 

Mary Kelly

Art Tutor

Painting in acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, making handmade paper and sculpture. I am a qualified Art teacher / Artist, with a degree in fine art-painting and a teachers’ certificate. I have 23 years teaching experience across the country in galleries, schools and adult education centres.

Roma Widger

Art Tutor

I’m Roma Widger, I’m professional art teacher and I have taught Drawing, Painting in all genres, and printmaking for over 20 years. I want to share my professional art secrets with you by delivering my courses online as an opportunity for all students across the UK. 

Warren Sealey

Art Tutor

Warren Sealey is a classically trained artist who works in oil paint, watercolour, pastel and various drawing media. He first trained at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto Canada before moving on to Florence Italy where he remained for four years studying at various schools in the city. 

Jenny Ibrahim

Art Tutor

Jenny Ibrahim is an experienced art tutor who has been teaching painting and drawing at Stoke Lodge for many years. Jenny teaches oil painting and drawing classes and her classes give beginners and more advanced learners the opportunity to develop in a supportive environment. 

Barbara Disney

Art Tutor

I have many years experience of running courses, workshops and creating public art within a socially engaged practice. As a printmaker I work on a variety surfaces, including textiles, paper, porcelain and enamelling metal. I use whatever technique is appropriate to the project.

Testimonials

5 Stars

“Safe space to experiment, great supportive tutor, lovely space to work in.”

“Relaxed, informative, encouraging, great choice of starter pictures to help with an early sense of success!”

“Relaxing. Meeting new friends. Stretching my mind.”

“Finding confidence to paint in a very supportive atmosphere.”

“It is inspiring and there is a lovely friendly atmosphere.”

“Mary is knowledgeable, and unfailingly enthusiastic and encouraging. A great course & it was fun to learn about different media and techniques.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

Need more information regarding our painting courses? You can call us on 0117 903 8844, email or visit us in person at Stoke Lodge. Office hours applies.

Stoke Lodge Adult Learning Centre
Shirehampton Road, Bristol, BS9 1BN
Phone Number: 0117 903 8844