Our studio is Covid-secure

Our vision

Being an artist requires us to find our voice and express our uniqueness and individuality.

We look to the world for information to put into our art,
not to justify what you put into your art.

Creative Art Courses, Ancoats, Manchester - warm and welcoming learning space

Who we are

Creative Art Courses is an independent art studio in central Manchester proud to offer a wide range of courses in drawing, painting, mixed media and creativity.

The studio was established in 2010 by lead tutor Brian Raymond.  The studio has grown and flourished since then, supporting a wide range of students of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and interests.

Creative Art Courses is proud to be a part of the Adult Community Education sector supporting continued learning through all our life stages.

Our Youth and Children’s classes nurture children with age-appropriate teaching to suit children’s ongoing motor and cognitive development, while recognising their awesome creative dexterity.

Creative Art Courses, Ancoats, Manchester - Creative inspiring studio

Why choose us?

My vision for Creative Art Courses is of an art studio where everyone (of all abilities and ages) can come and be nurtured while learning and being creative in a safe and supportive studio environment.

We take time to listen to students’ creative ideas and individuality. We encourage, support, guide, inspire,  lead and allow creative freedom. We aim to offer an individual creative experience.

Focused and structured teaching allows students to learn the technical skills and creativity they need to develop and grow as creative artists. Equally, students have time to explore and nurture the quiet voice of their creative spirits that will encourage their unique artistic vision to be witnessed.

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Love art

Our courses support students to improve their practical skills and understanding of the language of art. 

Our courses and classes enable students to grow towards becoming the visual artist they dream of becoming.  We passionately support diversity and celebrate individuality – from absolute-beginners starting out in the arts to experienced artists regularly exhibiting their work. 

We teach ambitiously and passionately to support students to achieve their dreams. 

Teaching ethos

My teaching is designed to guide you towards reaching your goal 
of being a creative confident independent artist.

As artists, we are always keen to develop our technical skills in the craft of drawing and painting – and rightly so.
But how much time do we devote to developing and nurturing our creative skills as artists?  

Core drawing skills
Learning core observational and drawing skills and techniques to accurately see and observe the world around us lies at the heart of our teaching ethos.  Its how we choose to treat this information that determines how we express ourselves.

Embracing Self expression
Our teaching is steeped in the Modernist and Expressionist traditions that puts the artist’s unique voice at the centre of creativity.  Expressionism has been embraced by a wide range of Modernist artists throughout the 20th century and contemporary artists today, giving them a wide range of styles and genres within which to express themselves.

Following the Expressionist tradition gives artists the opportunity to exploit the qualities of each material they choose to use and discover unique ways to express themselves.

We are not a Realist art school
We don’t follow traditional academic Atelier traditions that tend to train artists within a specific style of working, or narrowly follow the photorealist style of the 1960’s.

Key Focus

Courses focus on 3 aspects of being an artist


Core drawing + observational skills
Master the technical challenges of observation
Draw with accuracy and detail


Materials + techniques
Enjoy a wide variety of materials
Develop a rich and vibrant visual language


Creativity + self-expression
Nurture your creativity
Develop your own artistic style

Courses are designed to teach
Creativity and Technical skills together – hand in glove.

Think about it!
Technical skill on its own, is not the pot of gold you hope to find at the end of the rainbow.
Learning how to make satisfying, personal and expressive artwork – probably is.

A bit of the legal stuff

I’ve tried to keep it as straight-forward, clearly explained, and short as possible!

Read the T+C’s

Read our policy documents