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Alistair LaneAlistair Lane
09:40 11 Apr 22
I found the Essential Drawing Foundations course quite challenging, especially in the first couple of weeks, but I thoroughly enjoyed the process and the obvious enthusiasm of Brian. It was great to learn to approach drawing in a different way, and I recommend the course to anyone seeking to gain greater understanding of the artistic process and improve their mark making.
Kate MacKate Mac
18:40 23 Feb 22
Brian's excellent introduction to drawing and painting was from the outset thoroughly enjoyable, challenging and inspiring. His friendly, professional approach and his obvious desire for us to enjoy ourselves whilst exploring the creative process was clear throughout. His skill at keeping us engaged the whole weekend was very impressive and I loved the whole experience. I'd highly recommend Brian's courses and will be booking another one for myself in the future.
Suzanne BethellSuzanne Bethell
09:12 12 Jan 19
Fantastic, creative, inspirational courses with a great blend of structured group tuition and sensitive, focussed individual support which means each person is able to develop and deepen their own style. A highly experienced tutor and artist, Brian creates an environment in which beginners and more experienced artists feel comfortable to experiment and learn from each other. Beginning with short warm up and experimental exercises which are fun and gently challenging, you are prepared for a longer session in which you work on a final piece. There is structure and flexibility. I started with a Contemporary Still Life course and went on to complete 2 other weekend courses and Art Elements. Each time I was inspired and found my practice developed in exciting, creative ways.
17:46 10 Jan 19
Creative Art Courses are brilliant for anyone who is interested in any type of art, whether a total beginner or more advanced. I particularly enjoyed the weekend Saturday/Sunday courses and learnt a great deal as a total beginner to start with. Brian is very inspiring, knowledgeable and a very relaxed tutor who anyone would feel totally at home with. I'm so pleased I found his courses a few years ago as he certainly set me on the road to having some faith in myself in becoming an artist. Whether you fancy art just as an interest for enjoyment or whether you wish to become a real artist in any way, Creative Art Courses are certainly an excellent starting point and one to stick with for all the different aspects of the subject. I'm sure you will find them worthwhile and enjoyable.
Brian RaymondBrian Raymond
14:02 15 Nov 16
Very friendly, informative teacher. Well equipped studio, nice environment. The course was well structured - moving and building well on each step of learning as you go. Great fun.

Below is a small selection of student reviews

“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. Paul Ashcroft
    17 June 2023 @ 3:35 pm

    I really enjoyed the course and am only realising now how much you covered in so short a time when I have repeatedly made further sketches of the ones I made but with conscious efforts to follow the perspective and tonal advice, particularly the former. I enjoy practising and find myself completely absorbed. Thanks for experience Brian and your follow up email and notes which I very much appreciated. Cheers, Paul Ashcroft.


    • artfulantics
      18 June 2023 @ 9:23 pm

      Hi Paul. Thanks for the comments – so glad to hear you have continued drawing and already find you are benefitting from all that we learnt over the weekend. Happy I was able to help you on your creative journey. Best regards, Brian


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