Learning for everyone

Absolute-beginners to experienced artists

Lots of 1:1 teaching

Encouragement + support every step of the way

Inspiring art studio

Draw with lots of different materials

Take steps to follow your dreams

Learn key creative skills to become the artist you’ve dreamed of

Learn with like-minded people

Support and friendship

Contemporary teaching style

Art teaching with a focus on your individuality and creativity

Begin your creative journey

The perfect studio to take your first steps

Drawing, painting, mixed-media + creativity

Learn drawing skills, material techniques and self expression

Inspiring creative projects

Explore and fulfil your creative potential

Manchester’s leading independent art school for leisure artists

Quality art teaching for everyone since 2010
We welcome absolute-beginners and those with more experience

Courses, classes and workshops in drawing, painting, mixed-media, life drawing and creativity
Experienced, passionate, supportive + personalised teaching

Find your perfect art course

Courses + Classes
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Over 15 options to choose

Inspired and supportive teaching for drawing, painting and mixed-media techniques ideal for beginners and those more experienced

3 options to choose

Fully taught life drawing courses + classes, and peer-led groups for beginners and more experienced drawers

2 option to choose

Suitable for everyone looking for a bespoke private art experience. Either 1:1 or small groups. Online or face-to-face

2 options to choose

Classes to encourage + guide their inspiration and passion for art, in support of their school art curriculum or for a hobby.

Enjoy small group sizes that ensures everyone, at all levels, receive the personal 1:1 tuition and support they need to learn and grow as artists.

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.

I look forward to welcoming you to my studio. 

Brian in studio2web
Student quote: Challenging, interesting and literally an ‘eye opener’. Takes you right back to the fundamentals of looking. Ellie N
Student quote: I really enjoyed rediscovering my creativity, didn’t think I had it in me! Lots of ideas and skills to take away with me. Tricia H
STUDENT QUOTE: "Excellent introduction.... Gives you confidence to go away and experiment more." James P
STUDENT QUOTE: “Excellent introduction…. Gives you confidence to go away and experiment more.” James P
STUDENT QUOTE: "Supportive and fun weekend. Great activities that allowed me to unselfconsciously experiment." Clare N
STUDENT QUOTE: “Supportive and fun weekend. Great activities that allowed me to unselfconsciously experiment.” Clare N

What do students think?

Be inspired by the experiences of other students and get a flavour of what its like to attend an art course with us

“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.”

“Really enjoyable weekend. Covered so much ground and worked so hard! But never a dull moment and felt so good to be learning so many new skills!.”

Comments from virtually every student we have taught since 2012

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Manchester’s most welcoming studio

Make my studio your creative home.
I guarantee you a warm, friendly Manchester welcome so you can feel instantly at ease and settle down to a fantastic creative experience.

Everyone is made to feel very welcome when they arrive at the Creative Art Courses studio.  Students find it easy to make themselves comfortable and are happy spending time in the studio’s creative atmosphere, able to learn and grow as artists.

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, using their skills and expertise to inspire students.

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.

We teach with ambition so you can create with confidence

Face to face teaching specialists

Join us for a real art-school experience in a fully equipped inspiring art studio

Focused and structured teaching allows students to learn technical and creative skills to develop and grow as creative artists.

Read more about what makes Creative Art Courses unique

We teach you how, and we explain why, so you leave with a strong foundation and understanding in the principles that govern visual art.
We believe this is what empowers you as a developing creative artist.

What to expect

Structured teaching

Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you confidence and the springboard to artistic independence.

Individual attention

Loads of individual 1:1 encouragement to help you explore, experiment and discover.

Personal learning

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

Creative + Inspired

Be inspired with teaching that ensures you learn technical skills, underlying principles, and creativity.

Student Comments

“Really interesting.  More educational than I thought it was going to be.  Warm, friendly, clean and light.”
Simon C
I wanted an opportunity to … discover how to be creative. I found it a really good experience + gave a good flavour of different materials and techniques and how to use them. Angela B
“I learned real and useful techniques… how to see what was wrong and how to fix it, and techniques I can replicate…” 
Susan W
“Well worthwhile.  Learned a lot.”
Ruth C

Just beginning and not sure where to start?

Choose one of the courses or classes below as they are my recommended starting points for your creative journey.

Begin to draw + paint

Weekend course 2-days

The absolute-beginners guide to starting art, drawing and painting

Starting Art Course

Wed eve course 6-sessions

Key learning about line, tone, form, colour, shape, texture, pattern and composition

Weekly Art Class


Be inspired every week with new art projects every session exploring a variety of materials + techniques


Let me help you choose the right course for you

Whether you’re unsure about what course you should book, or have questions about the content of a specific course or workshop…

contact me for a confidential chat

Inspirational Grade 2* textile mill

Getting here

Hope Mill is located just 5 mins walk from the Metrolink, or 20 mins walk from Piccadilly train station + Manchester city centre. The mill has its own private car park for students to use.

Central Location

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. 

Address, Map, Directions and access information. All you need to know for your visit

We teach the Arts

We are a group of tutors who are proud to embrace the independent spirit of a creative Manchester