Drawing classes Manchester

Looking for drawing courses or classes in Manchester.  Creative Art Courses is an artist-led teaching studio within easy access of Manchester city centre.

Courses + Classes

Courses + Classes
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General Art

weekend 2-day courses

Begin to draw + paint

Weekend course 2-days

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

Expressive drawing L1

Weekend course 2-days

Learn to draw with an inventive + self-expressive approach to create semi-abstract contemporary style drawings

Realistic drawing L1

Weekend course 2-days

The perfect course to develop skills in drawing accurately and realistically from life using graphite + colour pencil

Acrylic painting L1

Weekend course 2-days

The perfect introductory course for beginners to start learning acrylic painting skills and techniques

Abstract Art

Weekend course 2-days

Learn 10 foundational keys to creating highly personal self-expressive abstract art

Creative sketchbooks

Weekend course 2-days

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

Urban sketching Ancoats

Weekend course 2-days

Build confidence in technical and creative urban sketching techniques with a focus on drawing buildings

Acrylic painting L2

Weekend course 2-days

Further develop your acrylic painting with added skills, techniques and creative styles

General Art

Weekend 1-day courses

Experimental drawing

Sat workshop 1-day

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

Mixed-media textures

Sun workshop 1-day

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

Charcoal drawing

Sat workshop 1-day

Discover the freedom of gestural drawing with willow, and the drama of compressed charcoal

Dynamic colour mixing

Sun workshop 1-day

A step-by-step and practical guide to mixing the colours you want with ease by understanding Hue, Tone + Chroma

General Art

Midweek Daytime courses

Art + Creativity

Mon morning course 10-session x 3 terms

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

Weekly Art Class

Wed morning or afternoon class flexible booking

Be inspired every week with new art projects every session exploring a variety of materials + techniques

Ancoats Visual Arts

Tues afternoon peer group

Peer-led art group for everyone who loves visual arts and craft, with support and friendship included

Still Life Exposed

Wednesday afternoon course 6-sessions

Transform your still life drawing + painting with insights from Cezanne, Matisse + Picasso

General Art

Evening 6-session courses

The Art Elements

Thurs eve course 6-sessions

Key learning about line, tone, form, colour, shape, texture, pattern and composition

Essential Drawing Foundations

Thurs eve course 6-sessions

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

Life Drawing

Courses, Classes + Peer-groups

Begin Life Drawing

Thurs morning course 6-sessions

The step-by-step life drawing course for absolute-beginners and those returning to life drawing

Life drawing Foundations

Thurs morning course 6-sessions

A unique tutor-led course for beginners and experienced drawers teaching an innovative experiential drawing approach

Life drawing Ancoats

Mon eve peer group

Peer-led life, figure and portrait drawing and painting for everyone, with support and friendship included

Children + Youth

Art classes with a curriculum or leisure focus

Children’s art class

Sunday morning class  1-session

Ages 8-10 or Primary-school aged. Tutor-led art class exploring a variety of materials, artists, and techniques

Youth art class

Sunday afternoon class  1-session

Ages 11-15 or Secondary-school aged. Tutor-led art class exploring a variety of materials, artists, and techniques

Mentoring + support

Midweek Daytime sessions

Art-school Mentoring

Fri afternoon 1-session

Supportive mentoring sessions to guide and support everyone to unlock their creative potential

About my art courses

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 drawing and mixed-media classes in the Northwest?
We offer classes in drawing materials including charcoal, pencil, drawing inks, soluble pencil, and mixed-media drawing.

Based in historical Ancoats, where history and creativity combine?
If you’re looking for drawing classes in Manchester, look no further.  On the fringes of historical Ancoats you will find Hope Mill and AWOL Studios – Manchester’s largest collective of over 80 creative enterprises,  art studios and theatre.

Discover your love of drawing any any of the many Creative drawing Courses that includes, charcoal, colour pencils, graphite, drawing inks and mixed-media.

Artist-led drawing classes
There can’t be a better city than Manchester with it’s history of innovation and creativity for the Creative Art Courses studio to be based.  Our independent artist-led drawing classes teach you all the fundamental aspects of drawing as well as creative drawing techniques covering a range of drawing materials.  Enjoy the Manchester art scene by  turning your drawing class into a mini art and culture holiday.  There are a multitude of art venues within access of Manchester city centre.

Creative Art Courses will ensure you learn loads and leave inspired, having improved your drawing technique with the knowledge of a range of drawing materials for you to continue using at home.

Beginner – Intermediate – Experienced
Everyone is welcome



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.