I understand it can be intimidating when you’re beginning something new. I’ve designed a course specially to give absolute beginners a helping hand – a first step onto the creative ladder. The Begin to Draw and Paint course is a great starting point and will give you all the foundation knowledge you need to continue with confidence.
The ‘Level 1’ courses offer students a supportive next-step to becoming increasingly independent in their art skills and is a great way to continue after attending the Beginners course, or equally a great place to start if you have some foundation in drawing and painting already. All my other courses are suitable for beginners to intermediate artists and if you are determined and enthusiastic to give drawing and art a go – then there should be nothing to stand in your way.
I teach at a pace everyone can follow, so you will not be left behind, with lots of 1:1 support and guidance – so browse my website with confidence and pick a course that intrigues you the most. Simple.
That depends on which course you book. Read each course description for more details. However there are 2 sets of fundamental principles underlying all my courses which are crucial for you to understand to be able to improve and develop as an independent artist.
These fundamental principles are;
Learning to understand and to manipulate the Art Elements (Line, tone, colour, shape + form, etc). A bit like a musician learning the basic notes and chords on their chosen instrument, and then learning how to manipulate them to write their own music.
Learning how to adopt good Art Practices that underpin our ‘seeing’, ‘looking’, and rendering while drawing and painting . A bit like a martial arts expert lays down foundations of good habits to help hone their skills.
I started Creative Art Courses because I wanted to offer a range of creative courses that would stretch and challenge adult students and were not generally available through ‘adult education’ type courses.
All my courses offer enough content to make you think and re-examine your ideas and arts practice. The courses offer you the space to explore, play and experiment with supportive guidance and tuition aimed at helping you become a confident and independent artist.
I think I use the terms ‘drawing’ and ‘painting’ a bit differently to many other artists.
I use the term ‘drawing’ to mean the act of looking, really studying an object and trying to understand its form, shape and colour. To really get to grips with your subject matter.
All my courses tend to stress this side of art making. And it can be done whether you use ‘drawing’ materials or ‘painting’ materials. However you understand drawing and painting, you can draw with wet ‘painting’ materials and you can paint with dry ‘drawing’ materials. Believe me!
I use the terms ‘drawing’ and ‘painting’ quite loosely and many courses offer you the chance to use both dry drawing materials and wet painting materials (see the above list).
Flexibility is key and I have built this into my course design as much as possible. Unfortunately, I am not able to offer refunds for sessions students are not able to attend, unless it falls within the conditions set out in the Terms + Conditions >
However, I have planned in flexible booking opportunities to help students work around holidays, family committments and financial constraints – such as;
The 30-week Arts + Creativity course includes flexible booking enabling students to spread their course attendance and financial cost over 2 years
The Weekly Art Class and Learn Life Drawing courses have flexibility built-in as students can book single classes at times that suit them.
The peer-led groups (AVA and LDA) and the Creative Wellbing class can be booked as single sessions
Creative Art Courses is proud to be an independent art studio. We teach with passion and professionalism to pass on our in-depth knowledge and creative experience with the flexibility needed to ensure our course content fits around the needs of our students, rather than students needing to fit into the generic content dictated by a national qualifications board. Therefore, we do not offer nationally recognized qualifications.
Yes. The mill building has its own courtyard car park for students to use while attending a course. It isn’t visible from the road, so drive down the driveway and it will be become visible on your right. It can get full at times and spaces cannot be reserved, but there is additional parking on the road outside.
Everyone is welcome to the studio. However, it is important to understand the limitations and challenges that a 200 year old building present to those with mobility issues. Being on the 5th floor, we have to recognise that our studio is NOT accessible to everyone and good mobility with the ability to climb stairs is essential for you to attend.
We are more than happy to offer as much support as possible and have a variety of chairs, stools, drawing tables and easels available to fit individual needs. If you need help carrying bags – just let me know and I’ll come downstairs to greet you.
I’m always happy to help and discuss your requirements so please get in touch>
Yes it is. Although somewhat Victorian in character and age it is extremely well maintained, regularly serviced and repaired as is required to meet Health + Safety regulations. Like all machinery it does break down on occasion, but this would be true of modern day lifts as well. I have been a resident in the mill for over 15 years with no mishaps having occurred.
The Covid pandemic has made us more aware of the need to establish a safe low-risk environment to reduce transmissible infections that include Covid, Flu, and Norovirus, amongst others.
To this end, we are continuing with many of the non-intrusive Covid mitigations we have put in place. This is outlined in our HEATH-aware procedures. We will continue to keep students updated with all Covid related information as we navigate new government guidelines and requirements. Details of this can be found here >
Yes, lunch is kept to half an hour, so it is best to bring your own lunch on full day courses. There is a corner shop just 3 minutes walk away that offers a limited range of sandwiches, chocolates, crisps and drinks. No other sandwich shops or takeaways are near enough to get to within the lunch period.
I appreciate the difficulties of living with a serious long-term medical condition and the uncertainties this brings. I have therefore tried to offer such students a more favourable set of T+C’s in relation to Cancellations and Transfers.
Creative Art Courses is an independent art school and we receive no external funding from the Arts Council, Manchester City Council or other funding organisations. With 15 years experience of working to support communities as a community arts worker, I felt it important to plan courses in such a way as to help lower barriers to participation as much as I’m able.
From the beginning of Creative Art Courses in 2010, I have designed creative opportunities that offer the widest possible accessability to as many people as possible. Although I’m unable to offer financial assistance, I have planned different courses, classes, workshops and peer-groups of varying costs to enable everyone to attend. Everyone can access the studio facilities for less than £5 for a half day of arts activities at AVA – Ancoats Visual Arts – or other creative opportunities within a sliding financial scale to suit differing finances.
Everyone fits in and is very welcome at Creative Art Courses. I, and all the other tutors pride ourselves in offering a welcoming and fully inclusive studio that embraces Diversity and celebrates individual achievement. We welcome everyone of all ages, backgrounds, faiths, gender, LGBTQ, race, ethnicity and ability and ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable. (There are restrictions for wheelchair users due to the historic nature of the building. Please email me for details.)
There are courses specially designed for absolute beginners; beginners and improvers, and others for beginners to intermediate artists. You need to self-asses your ability level – however – being in a mixed ability class is inspiring and everyone benefits – all students contribute something worthwhile – each in their own unique way.
As an inner city art school, within reach of diverse communities, I have always felt it my responsibility to enable these communities to be reflected in the mix of students that attend my studio – age, backgrounds, experiences, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, faith, and arts experience. Everyone can be assured tolerance and acceptance is central to the studio ethos, diversity is celebrated, and equality upheld.