This course is for adult learners at all levels of art practice. It is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience in 2D fine art disciplines, clay work and textiles, and for professional artists wanting access to specialist equipment or simply looking for a supportive community for their practice.

Times and Duration

The Adult Art Explore Projects course is taught every Thursday during term time, for a duration of 10 to 12 weeks. The schedule can be found on our Term Timetable (please see Term Time & Holidays link above) which also features information on pricing. Each class is 3 hours long, running from 12 noon till 3pm, with a 20 minute break for lunch.

What we do

The Adult Art Explore Projects course offers instruction in a wide range of approaches and skills exploring various tools, techniques and materials. Some of the techniques covered include printmaking (screen printing, lino printing and etching), using the etching press, the laser cutter, the heat press for textiles, and also clay, with access to the kilns. We learn traditional fine art skills including painting and drawing from observation. Painting media include watercolour, acrylics and oils.

The Adult Art Explore Projects course is intended as a space of artistic freedom which encourages creativity, self-expression and confidence in one’s own artistic capabilities. Each term we draw on a different topic as inspiration and use this as a springboard in developing specific skills across different media and methods of artistic expression. We focus on exploring the artistic process, aiming to develop skills in conceptual thinking and tapping your innate creativity. We encourage a methodology involving playfulness, experimentation, trial and error, exploration of the functionality of tools, materials, processes and the attainment of the state of flow. You will also have access to our extensive library of inspirational art materials and fine art books available for browsing.

Each project in the class has clear parameters so that everyone is able to leave each week with a sense of both accomplishment and progress. At the end of each term we organise an informal exhibition so that you are given the opportunity to present the works you have created during the term.

Some of our current participants have been attending continuously since we started running this course many years ago, vouching for the strength of our artistic community and the continual development and appeal of the course content. We welcome new members to join us on this journey.

The price of each class includes use of all basic tools and materials needed for the course content (however if you would like to pursue specialist oil painting, we suggest that you source your own canvas and paints) and lunch, which is a home cooked vegetarian hotpot. Over time, we have discovered that the wellbeing of the class has evolved while sitting together around the kitchen table for 20 minutes for good food, conversation and company. We find this is as important as focused activities.

Try one class

We offer a trial class in this course, which gives you the opportunity to join us for a single session to sample the course content, explore and create art in our beautiful and well equipped ground floor courtyard garden studio, and experience the friendly, open and creative atmosphere. You can treat this trial class as an introduction to the activities that will be covered in the course over the term.

Drop in as suits your schedule

The Adult Art Explore Projects course can also be attended on a drop in basis, so you are welcome to join us as suits your schedule.

Join once the term has commenced

Missed the start of term? You are also welcome to join the full course at any point in the term, provided there is availability, however please contact us if you would like to start after the first class of the term has already run, as the course price will be reduced to reflect the number of classes remaining in the term. You can pay over the phone or by cash or card at the class.

Who teaches the course

This course is taught by Auriol Hertford