Courses are held at our studio at
College Farm, Ellisfield, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG25 2QE

We have an exciting array of classes running this summer. 

The Beginners & Intermediate classes with Puff Morgan-Giles are a really good introduction to painting and the oil painting classes with Leonie Gibbs & Lucas Garcia are for all & any abilities.  Have a look at our Instagram page, college_arts_school, to see some of our results.

If you have not worked with us before, please do not worry that it is difficult to join an existing class.  New students are always welcome throughout the year.

Bespoke courses for students of all ages.

We are happy to arrange tailor-made courses.  Classes are limited to 8 students and we could arrange either a drawing, painting or collage workshop.

Please contact us to arrange suitable dates etc.

Listed below are the dates for Summer Term 2019

Mariella BaldwinOn Thursdays we sit round a large table, each of us choosing plants to work from, and each working at her own level, patiently guided by Mariella.  This summer we will begin with a day in a garden nearby to both inspire our choices and to learn more about the life of plants.  These classes with Mariella are as much about drawing & painting as the history of Botanical Painting and plantsmanship.

Classes will be run on Thursdays from 10am– 4pm

May 9th

July 18th & 25th

Course Price: £240

All newcomers welcome!

Historically, Botanical Painting was a way of scientifically recording plant species.  It has since grown into an art form and, although exacting by nature, it produces overwhelmingly beautiful and pleasing results.  Always using pencil and watercolour, Mariella encourages students to study form; understand light and tone and the use of thin glazes of watercolour to give depth and resonance.  She teaches with great sensitivity, with attention to the individual, making the classes suitable for all levels of ability.

It is concentrated but rewarding work and Mariella is a font of knowledge on the plants and plant families that we paint.

The classes have a relaxed and warm atmosphere.

Life Drawing Class

This is now run as a drop-in workshop.  This is a chance to draw in charcoal, pencil, crayon or pastels as you like and to enjoy the opportunity of having a professional model to work from.  We provide easels, boards, tea & coffee.   If you are interested in joining us, please let me know and I will send you an email reminder before each workshop.

Monday evenings at 4pm – 7pm

These classes will resume in September

£15 per session

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Puff Morgan Giles

This is for anyone who would love to have a go but doesn’t know where to start or for those who haven’t painted for a while and feel they would benefit from being reminded of the basics.   From charcoal to oil paints, a step by step approach to painting.  I think you will be amazed by what you can achieve.  The course has been divided into two and, if you email or ring Christian or Katie, we can help you decide which is best for you

Mondays 10am – 1pm

May 20th
June 3rd, 10th (all day), 17th & 24th
Course Price: £240


Thursdays 10am – 1pm

May 23rd & 30th
June 6th (all day), 13th & 20th
Course Price:  £240

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This term we are moving to Still Life sets in the studio from which we will create an abstract image in oils, pastels &, maybe, collage.  Always exciting and never what you expect, Adam’s classes are for those of you who want to explore new ideas and experiment with different techniques.  

For these classes, we suggest you bring inexpensive paint (e.g. Georgian) in large tubes as we use a lot of it.

Friday mornings, 9:30am – 12:30pm

May 10th, 17th & 24th

June 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th 

Course Price £280

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This class is designed to push the boundaries of self-expression in drawing. We will be creating sketchbooks using different papers, inks, crayons, watercolour, acrylics etc., accompanied to music and inspired by nature. A chance to see what we can come up with, guided by Morag who is a sensitive & talented draftsman.

Tuesdays, 10am – 1pm

Dates to be confirmed.

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Painting with Jamie is a must for all artists who enjoy painting with oils.  In November we will paint a series of Still Lifes that we hope will sit together as a grouped work.  We will concentrate on form, colour & tone.  A wonderful teacher, do have a look at Jamie’s website to see his personal yet classically based style.

Tuesdays 10am – 4pm

Dates to be decided

For these day courses, we suggest that you bring 2 small canvasses.  We have boards that you can buy for a small fee.  We have easels at the studio if you would prefer not to bring your own.

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Lucas is a new teacher for us at College Arts.  He trained in Florence at the Charles Cecil Studios where he went on to teach.  he now teaches at LARA (The London Atelier of Representational Art) and we have had very good reports from students there.  We will work in oils either from Still Life sets in the studio or outside if the weather is good.

 We have easels in the studio but if you need a portable easel for outside please let us know.

Tuesdays 10am – 4pm

April 9th & 16th

For these day courses, we suggest that you bring a canvas or board approx 16″ x 10″.  We have boards that you can buy for a small fee.  We have easels at the studio if you would prefer not to bring your own.

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This is enormous fun!  We plan to have an animal model to work from.  After observing, taking notes & making drawings, we will build our own armatures and then continue to work in wax.  A 2 day course, filled with laughter, being taught by one of the best, and hopefully going home with a sculpture to be proud of.

10am – 4pm

July 10th/11th

Course Price: £160 + materials (approx £20)

Numbers are limited to 10.

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Working in oils we will bring real life into still life and enjoy the renewed colours of Spring.  Leonie is the greatest fun to work with; her sense of colour is glorious and the instructions alongside are helpful, inspiring & joyful.  

This workshop is for everyone & anyone who has done a bit or a lot of painting.

May 1st & 2nd

10am – 4pm

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