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“The course is so well structured yet relaxed and informal and Brian is a great tutor who is very aware of how to support and guide you throughout each exercise. I have learned a great deal about drawing and composition in a short space of time and it has been fun to do.”
Jill W
“…as with all Brian’s courses he manages to break down topics into bite size pieces which certainly helps me in my understanding of the various principles.”
Maria M
“Very different to usual drawing workshops, exciting and pushes you into very different and interesting ways of drawing.”
Barbara H
“It was a really enjoyable course which offered me a good understanding of the tools and techniques I needed to learn to draw. I would highly recommend Brian as a teacher.”
James E
“Excellent, well structured and set at just the right pace. You will leave with a range of exercises and techniques – more importantly ways of applying it to your own work.”
Sue R
“This is a life changing experience – I see the world in a different way and feel a new bravery and excitement about being creative.”
Jackie P
“Really very interesting. I learned loads! It’s helped me change the way I look at art and my approach to it.”
Max E
“Liberating, it’s 2.5 hours where you don’t think about anything apart from what’s right in front of you. It’s so freeing to make whatever mark you feel and it to come together.”
Rosie A
“Fantastic teaching. Brian is helpful, patient and non-judgemental in his teaching and he explains things in such a way that it is easy to understand.”
Charmaine B
“A very good introduction to a range of drawing and painting techniques, ideal for someone like me who has not picked up a pencil or brush for 40 years.”
Steve J
“Definitely worth doing for learning new ways of approaching drawing.”
Bryn H
“I’ve learnt that art is meant to be creative, that it should be expressive, fun and individual – it does not have to be a carbon copy of reality.”
Natasha D
“Strongly recommend. Relaxing, thoughtful and pleasurable learning experience.”
Philip L
“I had not drawn in 10 years. Really helpful… It was genuinely great. Nothing to add.”
Olivier M
“I started the course as a beginner. I have literally learnt everything – line, tone, colour, space, texture, pattern. I have also learnt confidence to try varied types of art and to experiment. This has been achieved by Brian’s careful lesson planning and his interest in individual problems.”
Nan D

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  1. Gillian Bruce
    15 November 2022 @ 12:42 pm

    I really enjoyed my first course with Brian – ‘Expressive Drawing’ it was well structured and full of inspiration. I will be back again for more, thanks Brian.


    • artfulantics
      16 November 2022 @ 8:29 pm

      Hi Gilli. So pleased you enjoyed the course. It was lovely having you join us in the studio for the weekend. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Keep well and keep drawing! Best regards, Brian


  2. Joanne Langston
    28 October 2022 @ 3:58 pm

    Hi Brian

    Thank you for such an inspirational weekend. I felt refreshed in my mind and certain I want to develop my art skills for pleasure and to enhance a sense of calm. Art will become my main hobby to fill any spare time I have and hopefully develop through the process.
    I will definitely be coming back for more tuition and I thank you for a welcoming and enjoyable weekend studying ‘Abstract Art’.


    • artfulantics
      30 October 2022 @ 6:12 am

      Hi Joanne. Great you had a good time on the weekend course and it has been the catalyst for further development in your hobby. Enjoy your abstract art making and I hope you’ll share some of your artworks with us. Kind regards, Brian.


  3. Ged Forkin
    18 September 2022 @ 10:37 am

    It has taken me a while to write this review. Not because I didn’t enjoy the course, i really enjoyed it. But because it has taken a while for the lessons to sink in, the more i practice, the more i see the value of what we were taught. What you learn on the course will set you on the right path, but it is up to you to do the work after and sketch regularly if you want to improve.


    • artfulantics
      21 September 2022 @ 8:05 pm

      Hi Ged
      So glad you enjoyed the Observational Drawing Course last summer. What you say is very true – I cannot emphasize enough what you say. Drawing practice after the course is crucial for it all to sink in and make sense. I do try to give you as much technique and information during the course to take home to ensure students get the most out of their time in the studio. So happy you have found the course worthwhile. Best regards, Brian


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