Summer Holiday art workshops

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Summer Holiday Courses: 

Join us this Summer in our sun-filled studio with fab views over Manchester city centre. Feel inspired by the history and creative endeavour that fills the 5 floors of the largest Creative Arts hub in Manchester – AWOL Studios – situated in our beloved Grade 2* Hope Mill in the heart of the first industrialised city in the world – Ancoats.

Manchester is an inspirational city: Stay a while longer in Manchester and discover how much creativity the city has to offer.

Great for Beginners, improvers and intermediate artists – everyone is made welcome.

Thurs – Sunday
23-26 July 2020

The Creative Eye Life drawing

All working artists struggle to be more creative. This intensive 4-day course is suitable for beginners to experienced artists. It will clearly explain why we struggle to draw what we see and give you new techniques to draw better, avoid many common drawing errors, and better understand the creative process.

Discover the teachings of Heather Spears who wrote the outstanding book ‘The Creative Eye’. The course will re-train you and give you a new approach to drawing the human form, new techniques and deeper insight.

Brian Raymond teaches this fully directed life drawing course with drawing from various life models each day.

Choosing the right course

Courses are grouped into 4 strands, each with a different focus. 
Create your own patchwork of courses depending on your interest and availability. 
There is no specific starting point.


Fundamental building blocks applicable to all art styles


Materials + techniques to fall in love with


Stand out – learn to develop a strong artistic voice.


Ongoing development away from formal courses

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.

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