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AWOL Studios at Hope Mill in Manchester

Looking for Art Classes in Manchester?
Try Creative Art Courses based at AWOL Studios in Ancoats

AWOL Studios is a thriving collective of over 80 creative art studios, businesses, music studios and theatre. 
A creative pulse in the heart of historical Ancoats.

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Art courses and drawing classes for beginners to experienced artists
and those of you yet to try

Creative Art Courses offer you the perfect blend of supportive quality teaching, enthusiastic encouragement, and space to experiment at your own pace.  All of us at Creative Art Courses have an Inclusive approach that embraces Diversity and celebrates individual achievement. 

Discover inspiration & creativity 

A great learning experience
The Gallery Studio offers students a warm welcome where everyone interested in learning and growing as artists can feel comfortable to pursue their passion for drawing, painting and mixed-media: start your journey as a complete-beginner; develop your skills further as a beginner + improver; or re-invigorate your creativity as an intermediate. Even those artists with more experience find my courses stimulating. 

Great for beginners & Improvers 

Creativity at the heart of historical heritage
Our studio is based in Hope Mill and is part of AWOL Studios, Manchester’s largest creative hub of over 80 creative businesses. You will find The Gallery Studio an inspiring and creative space where you can cherish the rich cultural history of the grade 2 listed mill reaching back into the heart of the Industrial Revolution, while nurturing your own artistic development.  

Easy access from the city centre 

Creative Art Courses probably offer the widest choice of visual art courses in the Northwest?
AWOL Studios at Hope Mill is the perfect location for creative art classes.

Join us AWOL Studios and Hope Mill
Discover your creativity at any one of the many drawing, painting and mixed-media courses offered by Creative Art Courses.

Creative Art Courses, part of AWOL Studios within Hope Mill, is proud to be part of Hope Mill’s new historical chapter. Hope Mill is a beautiful grade II listed building built in 1824 as a cotton spinning and fustian weaving mill for Joseph Clarke & Sons. Over the 177 years of its history it has had many other guises, from engineering works to dog bed factory, gradually and gracefully falling into decline and disrepair until it was rescued by Hope Mill Partnership in 2001.

AWOL Studios was the first business to lay down its artistic roots in Hope Mill in 2007 and has become one of the most important centres for the arts in Manchester, allowing for a natural regeneration of this important historic building and attracting a myriad of other creative businesses. The final piece of the jigsaw saw the mill’s old engine room refurbished and transformed to provide a fitting setting for Hope Mill Theatre.

The Gallery Studio
All the art courses offered by Creative Art Courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors.

Our studio at AWOL Studios was originally designed as the Gallery space – hence it’s name The Gallery Studio!  It has innovative swiveling walls that open up for special events to offer an open plan exhibition space.  The studio is secure and warm and makes the most of the natural symmetry and light of Hope Mill. The studio has stunning views over the surrounding area of Ancoats and the Ashton Canal, and onwards to Manchester city centre and The Pennines. It’s a great place to soak up some inspiration and you’ll feel the creative buzz the moment you arrive at AWOL Studios.

Creative Art Courses guarantees you a quality learning experience that will ensure you to leave inspired, with new skills and techniques.

Beginner – Intermediate – Experienced
Everyone is welcome




Student Quote

“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
Brian in studio2web

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.  Your time in my studio with be fun and full of creative learning so you leave inspired and passionate about being able to continue drawing and painting with creative confidence. Enjoy!”


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.

Essential Art skills
Students learn essential foundation 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.