Children’s after school art class

The After schools art classes for 12-15 year old children covers everything students need to know to succeed in art at KS3 level and prepare them for GCSE.  For children who love their art, whether in year 6 Primary school or KS3 in Secondary school, the talented and enthusiastic, and those determined to take art for their GCSE and beyond – these children’s after school art classes will supplement and compliment everything they learn from their talented and dedicated art teachers at school.

The After school art class is a curriculum-led class that nurtures and teaches young artists to develop their observational skills, drawing and painting techniques, creative sketchbook ideas, and give them the creative confidence to express their creativity.  Every child will develop skills they can use at school to raise their grades and attainment.

The After school art class caters for children and teenagers aged between 12-15 years old, or who are in year 6 to year 9. 

Parents are welcome to wait and relax in the comfortable seating area away from the art studio.  There is plenty of refreshments available, magazines and time to relax and make new friends.

Classes will be starting in September 2017. This page is currently in development.

Suitable for 12-15 year olds.
After schools class

Key Information


Sept 2017

Days: Thursday
Year 6+7: 6.30 – 8.00
Year 8+9: 6.30 – 8.30


includes all materials

Places available
  • My courses are suitable for everyone.  But why?

    Mixed ability classes are dynamic and offer increased learning opportunities.
    Beginners are inspired by working alongside more experienced learners.
    Experienced learners build self confidence by sharing their knowledge and skills.

    Streamed classes can put a ‘glass ceiling’ on your learning and limit your progression.
    Adult learners bring a life time of skills and experience to the class.  This can’t be streamed.
    I believe in leaving the opportunity open for unexpected leaps of learning and creativity that can propel students beyond the narrow definitions of ‘beginner, intermediate or advanced’.

     This is why – We draw. We learn.  Have fun – together.

  • Essential items to bring
    Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    Drawing paper:
        Sketchbook – size A4 or A5; thick cartridge paper, spiral bound if possible

    Optional items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron
    Pen and notebook for taking notes during the course

  • Diaries from previous courses

  • “Fantastic, Motivating, Encouraging.”
    Sarah Q

    “I am a complete beginner and I now have a sketchbook full of creative ideas and techniques after just one weekend”
    Catherine W 

    “I have learnt such a lot and enjoyed every minute of the course. I now know I can push my work further and improve.”
    Jean M

    “Do it! Nothing to be afraid of. Excellent support and guidance to try out new techniques in a very friendly group situation.”
    Michelle S

  • Weekend Course: 10 – 4pm
    Tutor: Brian Raymond

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

    Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses,workshops and classes.

  • Have a look at the course gallery

    Click here

  • Apart from your sketchbook and essential drawing materials, all the following are included as part of the course fee.

    • Charcoal (compressed and willow)
    • Chalk pastels
    • Soft pencils 
    • Emulsion paint
    • Acrylic paint
    • watercolour paint
    • Wax crayon
    • Inks
    • All the equipment, brushes, etc you need
    • Newsprint

    The following items are provided
    Drawing boards
    Masking tape
    Bulldog clips
    Newsprint paper
    Other materials: eg

Course structure

Teaching is fully differentiated and suitable for different ages with different project outcomes and expectations for each year group.  This means everyone can work together benefiting and learning from each other’s strengths but still be stretched and challenged to reach their individual potential.

Students will work on creative projects giving them insights into the history of art and important modern and contemporary artists that will give context to the work they create.
Drawing  and observation
Drawing skills are fundamental to developing artistically and all projects will give our young artists the chance to develop their observational and drawing skills.  
Art materials

Students will learn a wide range of art techniques and use a wide range of materials with lots of demonstrations and 1:1 tuition to ensure they learn how to develop their techniques correctly.
Developing a sketchbook alongside final art works is important and students will be encouraged to undertake research and develop creative ideas using individual initiative to showcase their creative ideas – sketchbook techniques will be taught teaching them how sketchbooks are the creative engine that drive artistic ideas forward.



“I have learnt such a lot and enjoyed every minute of the course. I now know I can push my work further and improve.”
Jean M

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What can I expect

Part of the Be more Creative series of courses the Creative Sketchbooks course is designed to support your ongoing development as an independent and confident artist.  You will have the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques, processes, artistic best practice, all sprinkled with a dose of good old fashioned inspiration!

  • Loads of individual 1:1 tuition, and teaching by demonstration and examples.
  • Short Courses that will encourage your independence, self-confidence and creativity.
  • Flexibility to explore your own ideas.  
  • Honest and supportive feedback through tutor-led and group ‘critiques’.
  • Encouragement to take chances in a supportive and learning-led environment. 

pinterest_badge_redxLooking for more inspiration? Visit my Pinterest board to see many of the images I talk about when teaching this course. Why not follow me on Pinterest!

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