painting classes

About The Art Classes

These are not your typical art classes! 

These art classes are really not the traditional sort of watercolour class that often springs to mind when you might think about art classes.

Coaching rather than teaching

I am a qualified coach (something which makes me a unique kind of art teacher), and my teaching style is influenced by this.  My classes are very much about facilitating you to make art in your own way and to grow in creative confidence, rather than teaching in a traditional sense.

The art classes are about nurturing and discovering your creativity, and I will encourage you to develop your own form of creative style and expression, and to discover what you are capable of producing.

You will produce artwork at your own pace and which is completely unique to you – because I believe that the best way to learn to make art (and to continue with it in the longer term) is through exploration and by choosing what it is we want to create, based on what we enjoy looking at.  Therefore I will enable you to paint or draw what you would most love to be able to – whether that is landscapes, abstracts, still lives or people – or anything else!  

Process rather than end result

My approach is to encourage you to get started with creating by being curious, exploring what art materials can do, to experiment and have a play and to see what happens as a result.  This way of creating art is very similar to mindfulness – helping you to really be in the moment while making art, and to see creating as a process rather than having to have an end goal or result.

How the classes will make you feel

Students are always asked to to sum up in one word how they feel after their classes, and the most frequent responses by far are – both relaxed and energised at the same time (yes, this really does happen), inspired, accomplished and liberated!

The size of the classes

Unlike a lot of art classes, my group classes are really small – with up to 6 people – so you will get a lot of individual support and encouragement with your artwork.  

The creative environment at Be In Art

In my studio I have aimed to recreate that lovely feel of the art room at school (although without the rules or the boring tidying up afterwards), with lots of colourful artwork on the walls as inspiration, and tables you don’t have to worry about keeping clean. There is always music playing, plenty of tea, coffee and chocolate biscuits, and a lovely garden view. 

I set up Be In Art to help people to have art back in their lives 

I have also gone through my own creative journey – rediscovering making art again after a long break, and my approach is very much modeled on how I got back into making art – and what I would have loved to have had in terms of support at the time.  You can find out more about me, and my own creative journey HERE.