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

Welcome to Creative Art Courses

Manchester’s leading independent teaching studio since 2010

artist-led creative art courses, classes and workshops
drawing, painting, mixed-media, life drawing and creativity

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. 

We are face-to-face teaching specialists
Experience our unique blend of friendly, supportive, and personalised teaching
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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

Courses + Classes

Find the perfect art course
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Begin to draw + paint

Weekend course 2-days

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

Realistic drawing L1

Weekend course 2-days

The perfect course to improve skills in drawing accurately from life

Expressive drawing L1

Weekend course 2-days

Learn a creative, self-expressive approach to semi-abstract contemporary drawing

The Art Elements

Thurs morning or eve course 6-sessions

Key learning about line, tone, colour, shape, texture, pattern and more

Abstract Art

Weekend course 2-days

Learn abstract art techniques to create exciting expressive images

Creative sketchbooks

Weekend course 2-days

Learn sketchbook skills to enable your creativity and artistic vision to flourish

Acrylic painting L1

Weekend course 2-days

The perfect course to start learning to use acrylics paints

Acrylic painting L2

Weekend course 2-days

Further develop your acrylic painting with added skills and techniques

Urban sketching Ancoats

Weekend course 2-days

Build your urban sketching confidence with a focus on drawing buildings

Essential Drawing Foundations

Thurs eve course 6-sessions

Learn core drawing skills to improve accuracy, perception and clarity of vision

Art + Creativity

Mon morning course 10-session x 3 terms

Gain skills to grow creative-confidence and learn how to flourish as a visual artist

Creative life drawing Foundations

Thurs 6-session or 3-day weekend course

Fully taught life drawing course to improve core skills, observation and clarity of vision

Experimental drawing

Sat workshop 1-day

Explore drawing in its purest form to expand your gesture and mark-making

Mixed-media textures

Sun workshop 1-day

Create tactile mixed-media textures using a variety of materials and techniques

Charcoal drawing

Sat workshop 1-day

Discover the freedom of gestural drawing with willow and compressed charcoal

Dynamic colour mixing

Sun workshop 1-day

A step-by-step guide and exploration to mixing the colours you want with ease

Cezanne-simplifying nature

Mon eve workshop 1-session

Learn from Cezanne, the Father of Modernism, and improve your own art

Matisse-expressive colour

Mon eve workshop 1-session

Learn from Matisse and bring outrageous expressive colour to your own art


Mon eve workshop 1-session

Learn from Picasso and re-imagined how to use dynamic lines in your own art

Weekly Art Class

Wed morning flex 4-class block

Begin a new art project each week with inspiration and supportive teaching

Learn Life Drawing

Wed afternoon flex 4-class block

Expand your life drawing knowledge and skills topic-by-topic

Absolute-beginners Class

Fri afternoon drop-in 1-session

Art class to nurture your soul and boost creative-wellbeing

Life drawing Ancoats

Mon eve peer group

Peer-led life, figure and portrait drawing and painting for everyone

Ancoats Visual Arts

Wed day / eve peer group

Peer-led art group for everyone who loves visual arts and craft

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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.”

“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!.”

Manchester’s most welcoming studio

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.

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Student Testimonials

“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
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. I learned how to see what was wrong and how to fix it, and techniques I can replicate, practice and use for drawing and painting.” My course highlight was “the Vision Cone and practicing it.”
Susan W


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, ensuring you 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, learning environment.

Essential Art skills
Students learn essential core 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.


I want to 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

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.