Creative Art Courses, Ancoats, Manchester - Hope Mill Grade 2*
Creative Art Courses, Ancoats, Manchester - Creative inspiring studio
Creative Art Courses, Ancoats, Manchester Students in studio
Creative Art Courses, Ancoats, Manchester - warm and welcoming learning space
Creative Art Courses, Ancoats, Manchester - Hope Mill, Pollard Street
Creative Art Courses, Ancoats, Manchester - rewarding creative learning
Creative Art Courses, Ancoats, Manchester - lots of one to one attention
Creative Art Courses, Ancoats, Manchester - amazing creative space

Art courses and drawing classes
for beginners to experienced artists,
and those of you yet to try


Our core purpose is to nurture your creativity. 
Ensuring you feel safe in a low-risk environment is fundamental to this.

We have thorough Covid-secure procedures in place that ensures we are compliant to all the latest government and local guidelines.   
We are determined to play our part in reducing the risk for everyone – and to stop the spread of COVID-19. More >

Supportive teaching

Creative Art Courses offer you the perfect blend of supportive quality teaching, enthusiastic encouragement, and space to experiment at your own pace. 
All of us at Creative Art Courses have an Inclusive approach that embraces Diversity and celebrates individual achievement.

Unlock creativity

Learn technical and creative skills. Celebrate creative successes.
The Gallery Studio offers students a warm welcome where everyone can learn and grow as artists.
Students feel comfortable and supported in pursuing their passion for drawing, painting and mixed-media.

All welcome

Start your creative journey as an complete-beginner; develop your skills further as a beginner + improver; or re-invigorate your creativity as an intermediate.
Even those artists with more experience find my courses stimulating.

Great studio location

Creativity at the heart of historical heritage
Our Gallery Studio is based in Hope Mill and is part of AWOL Studios, Manchester’s largest creative hub of over 80 creative businesses.
You will find The Gallery Studio an inspiring and creative space where you can cherish the rich cultural history of the grade 2 listed mill reaching back into the heart of the Industrial Revolution, while nurturing your own artistic development.

Easy access from the city centre 

20 minute walk, short Metrolink ride or grab a taxi

Excellent Covid measures in place. Thanks for all the preparation.” Lucy D

The highlight of the course was “seeing progress on the work I have created even in just two days.” Emma R

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What do my students think?

“Very friendly, informative teacher. Well equipped studio, nice environment. Course was well structured – moving + building well on each step of learning. Great fun.”


“Simple and easy to book. All the info you need to know is there. Quick response from Brian confirming place and good communication before course dates.”

“Very friendly, informative teacher. Well equipped studio, nice environment. Course was well structured – moving + building well on each step of learning. Great fun.”


Manchester’s most welcoming studio

Everyone finds they are made very welcome, are comfortable and happy spending time in the studio able to learn and grow as an artist.  

Whether you are just beginning or looking to improve further your tutor will make sure you are able to make the best possible progression.  All the expert tutors offer supportive and encouraging teaching and a warm and welcoming greeting every time.

Come along and join us –  the Gallery Studio at Hope Mill is the place to nurture your creative spirit and grow your skills and confidence to become the artist you have always dreamed of.

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Student Quote

“Really interesting.  More educational than I thought it was going to be.  Warm, friendly, clean and light.”
Simon C
“Well worthwhile.  Learned a lot.”
Ruth C
Courses + Classes

Hi, I’m Brian Raymond

“As lead tutor at Creative Art Courses I’m passionate about every art course and drawing class I have planned for you.  Your time in my studio with be fun and full of creative learning so you leave inspired and passionate about being able to continue drawing and painting with creative confidence. Enjoy!”


Structured learning
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.  

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.

Inclusive + personalised learning
A teaching style that focuses on your individual needs and is fully accepting of your individuality.

Creativity and technical skills
Teaching that allows you to learn new technical skills and develop your creativity, and leave inspired to continue to develop your skills further at home.

Welcoming studio
The Gallery Studio is a warm, creative and friendly space offering a relaxed informal, yet focused, teaching style.

Essential Art skills
Students learn essential foundation skills that provide the springboard to future artistic independence.

Within easy access of Manchester city centre
Easy to travel to from Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan, and within easy access of mainline train stations and motorway networks making us accessible from anywhere in the country. 

Beginner –  Improver – Intermediate – Experienced.
Everyone is welcome.

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Student Quote

“Loved it! you’ve shown me a different way to approach art and my creativity. I feel as if you’ve opened up in me a new way of seeing things.”
Donna B


Courses + Classes

Student Quote

“From week one I knew this was going to be good, and that first class was almost worth the fee alone. I think this course was an incredible experience and I know I’ve learnt a lot over the six weeks.”
Meg K

We teach the Arts: AWOL ICE is a group of tutors based at AWOL studios who are proud to embrace the independent spirit of a creative Manchester.