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We have teamed up with local artist Ray Shuell to provide a number of courses in various artistic techniques.

Ray Shuell is an accomplished artist with many one man shows to his credit. He currently works in all mediums including watercolour, oils, photography and digital.

He has taught history of art, fine art, digital art and graphics and has over 30 years experience as both an artist and qualified teacher.

He also teaches digital animation and web site building.

The courses below are bookable by emailing here.

Drawing and Painting Course:

An introduction to a variety of media including pencil, pastel, watercolour and oils. Over a period of weeks you will practice with a variety of media learning the basics of drawing and painting. Mainly for beginners, this particular course of lessons will help you decide what kind of art you like to make while you learn many new skills.

Watercolour Painting Tuition:

This course of lessons offers watercolour instruction tailored to the abilities of the learner. It is designed for the first time painter as well as the more advanced. So even if you have never lifted a brush before or, if you are looking for some more advanced techniques, these lessons are tailored to suit your individual needs.

Oil Painting Tuition:

Oil painting tuition for the beginner as well as the more advanced. Even if you have never used oils before, Ray Shuell can get you started. Oil painting has many rules that need to be followed; how to paint fat over lean, for example, or tricks like how to remove gloss before over painting with a chunk of fresh bread.

The novice will learn how to apply a ground to a canvas, how to blend and produce crisp lines. The more advanced may wish to practice glazed layers or the "s'graffito" technique. Once again, Ray Shuell can take you those important steps further, painting in oils in the quietest and most peaceful of locations.

Children's Art Tuition:

Drawing and painting, model making, collage work, puppet making and performance and lots, lots more. You relax while they have fun. Or you can stay and join in if you like - no charge for helpers! Macromedia Flash MX animation designed and created by Ray Shuell

Digital Art:

All you ever wanted to know about Adobe 'Photoshop', 'Illustrator' or Macromedia 'Flash MX'. Learn how to modify those photographs or design your own logos and letterheads, build your own website or create animated gifs. It's not as difficult as you think.