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.

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

Our courses support students to develop their practical skills, appreciation and understanding of the visual language of art to enable them to grow as visual artists.  We passionately support diversity and celebrate individuality – from absolute-beginners starting out in the arts to experienced artists regularly exhibiting their work.

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


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

Love art

I am passionate about teaching art and for inspiring people to greater creativity and welcome everyone to join me in my studio within the uniquely inspiring Grade 2* listed mill in Ancoats.

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?  You need both to truly develop as an independent artist.

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

Fundraising for Kidneys for Life

I have started supporting Kidneys for Life and will be raising funds on their behalf, by holding events from time to time.  
A BIG thank you to all my students and supporters who are helping me raise funds.  Your support is much appreciated.


Kidneys for Life raises money for The Manchester Institute of Nephrology and Transplantation (MINT), the renal medicine and transplantation, research and development arm within the Manchester Royal Infirmary, to support their pioneering work.


via Virgingiving.com

CHARITY NO: 505256

Kidneys for Life
Renal Unit
Manchester Royal Infirmary
Oxford Road
M13 9WL

T: 0161 276 6671
E: fundraiser: kidneysforlife.org