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Art & Craft Classes

We have a range of exciting art and craft classes held in our beautiful Art Room…

Weekly Art Classes:

  • Tuesday 7pm – 9pm – Life Drawing Class
  • Friday 10am – 12am – Oil Painting Class
  • Friday 2pm – 4pm – Watercolour Class


  • Jewellery Making Workshop – 10am – 4pm, 16th September 2017

Read on for more details…

Watercolour Classes 

Every Friday 2pm – 4pm  There will be no classes in August – re-starts 8th September.

Would you like to learn how to paint with watercolours? Maybe you are a beginner or want to brush up on your skills.

Classes are designed for beginners and dabblers.


Your tutor will be Sue Searle, an accomplished artist who owns the Oak Room. She is an award-winning trainer and has over 40 years experience of creating art.

Learn a range of techniques including wet-in-wet, wet on dry, glazes, removing mistakes, spattering, scraping, masking and MORE!  You will learn to paint trees, skies, landscapes, flowers and animals.

To book a place email so we know numbers and we can let you know what to bring. 

Payment will be on the first lesson either £15 per session for ad hoc students or pay for 6 and get them for £72 (£12 per session) for regular students. Cash or card payments only.

If you are going to come sporadically then please let us know you are coming in advance if you can. Please turn up 10 minutes early as we like to start the class at 2pm and we need to lock the door!

Life Drawing Class

Every Tuesday 7pm-9pm  There will be no classes in August – re-starts 5th September.


£59 for 6 weeks payable in advance

1 to 1 tuition included

Suitable for beginners and more experienced people.

Life drawing is one of the most valuable ways to improve drawing, painting, sculptural and observational skills.

Learning to draw from a human form can benefit all areas of your artistic practice – exploring different media and techniques, shape and form, negative spaces, tone and texture. This is a perfect course for complete beginners, intermediates and those who wish to create professional portfolios. Each person will get plenty of 1:1 support aimed at their individual level of experience from skilled life artists.

The first hour will consist of short poses and after a break, with refreshments, we will work on longer poses.

Your tutors are Sue Searle and Ken Maharajah (click on the links to find out more). This is a unique opportunity to work with two very different and very experienced artists who are keen to share their skills and knowledge with you.

Please bring your own materials – pens, pencils, charcoal, drawing paper (A3 or bigger is ideal), a drawing board and easel if you have one. A portfolio or sketch pad to take you works home.

If you do not have materials then we can provide everything you need for a small charge, let us know before booking.

Over 16’s only.

To book please email to let us know you will be coming and send a cheque for £59 to Oak Room, 2C St Peter Street, Tiverton, EX16 6NU. Payment can also be made by bank transfer, Paypal or card on your first class (or when we are open) – email for details.

We will send more details of the class upon booking.

Please note: Classes start promptly at 7pm, doors open at 6.45pm, once we start the class no-one will be admitted.

Interested in Life Modelling? Call Sue on 07818073660 for details.

NEW! Starting in September…

Oil painting classes with Belinda Reynell MA, BA Illustration, Fridays 10am – 12am, 29th September to 10th November.

To book email us at

Craft Classes

Jewellery Making Workshop – Beads and Pendants – using polymer clay 

With Sue Searle

16th September 2017 10am – 4pm

£40 to include tuition and materials.

Spend a day creating wonderful jewellery that you can wear by the end of the day! Using polymer clay (Fimo or Sculpey) and guided by your expert tutor you will learn the do’s and don’t of this versatile material as well as some creative techniques and produce amazing results limited only by your imagination!

Jewellery making workshop POSTER September 2017

For more information or to book email

“Having just launched my polymer clay jewellery range it is very well received. People can’t believe what you can do with polymer clay so I thought I would share my expertise with others so they can have fun making jewellery too! Sue Searle ”