Art teacher school CPD Workshops


Art Teacher Creative CPD workshops:  These evening workshops and courses will support art teachers’ Continuing Professional Development.  They will inspire, inform, and re-connect you to art fundamentals and give you loads of ideas and skills to take back to the classroom and re-energise your teaching.  

A selection of single-session evening workshops, or 6-session evening courses are available. Based in my Ancoats studio, within AWOL Studios – Manchester’s largest Creative hub.

Suitable for Art Teachers – secondary and primary school – specialist and non subject-specialists.  All welcome.

Suitable for teachers: Secondary + Primary school.
Everyone is welcome.

About the Creative CPD Workshops for teachers

How to book

  • Book online now by following the links below.
  • Alternatively you can ask your school to pay direct by cheque or BACS.  Simply email me to request an invoice.  An additional £30 booking fee will be added to the course/workshop fee.

Short single-session evening workshops
These are delivered across the academic year and are designed to re-inspire you, keep you connected to your own drawing and painting practice, and give you fresh ideas you can easily translate into KS 2, 3 + 4 art and design projects for your classroom. Book them all or just the ones you want.

6-session evening course
The Art Elements course is perfect for Primary school teachers as the course teaches you all about the 6 elements of line, tone, colour, shape, form, texture – the basis of the Primary art curriculum. You will leave inspired with new skills and new ideas to take back to the classroom.

The Essential drawing Foundation course is perfect for GCSE and A-level teachers. The course is inspirational and filled with new ways to approach drawing and creativity


“I teach the after school art club for pupil enrichment and cover all primary ages. I have used a lot of what we learned in the Art Elements course with all of the age groups and they really loved learning to observe and use line, shape and form and light in their pictures. We used this to have a go at Picasso style self portraits, a Kandinsky inspired painting and a still life of fruit to get a feel for the way light and shadow creates form.  We’d love to come to your classes again soon!”
Linda L (Primary)

“Engaging, helpful and enjoyable. Came away with a wealth of knowledge about art and how complex it is. I have learnt all of the elements of art which are on the primary [school] curriculum. This will help me put together planning for the school to use from year 1 to year 6.”
Alex M (Primary)

  • The Art Elements
    A Course over 6 evenings exploring and learning about the Art Elements of Line, Colour, Tone, Texture, Shape, Form and Pattern. The course will enable you to learn in a supportive and creatively inspiring environment, deepening your understanding and practical skills within each of the Art Elements.

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  • Essential Drawing Foundations
    A course over 6 evenings teaching you the core skills required to draw well and improve accuracy. Learn essential drawing techniques that will enable you to reach a new clarity of artistic vision. Learn techniques to help you make drawings with renewed energy and liveliness, while questioning the nature of seeing and what it means to be a creative artist.
    Based on Heather Spears book ‘The Creative Eye’.

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  • Short Workshops
    Discover what you can learn from Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso to help you revitalise your own drawings and paintings. These 3 exciting short drawing + painting workshops with a contemporary twist, will help bring their legacy to life and enable you to learn from them, so you can make your own inventive, creative personalised drawings uncovering your own style along the way.

    Booking is per class, so you decide how many classes you wish to attend.

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What can I expect

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.

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.


  1. Emma Vast
    17 September 2019 @ 4:22 pm

    I am a Primary school teacher in Manchester. I am head of Art in my school and I am looking for CPD for myself. Would it be possible for some information and prices of the courses that would be suitable.
    Many Thanks


    • artfulantics
      21 September 2019 @ 5:52 am

      Hi Emma
      I have had excellent feedback on the relevancy of the Art Elements course for Primary school teachers as the course is all about Line, tone, shape, colour, etc which I understand underpins the primary curriculum.There are also 3 x Tuesday evening 1-session workshops on Matisse, Cezanne and Picasso which will give you a deeper understanding of their work which you could use my lesson structure and adapt it to suit your children. These run across the academic year in October, March and June.

      I think the above options would be the most relevant for you, however any of the other courses will give you ideas and art making experiences to inspire you and give you ideas of things to take back to the classroom.
      I hope this helps. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Regards, Brian


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