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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


  • How to use Soft Pastels – Saturday 16th September – 10-3 
  • Creative Watercolours – Saturday 14th October – 10-3
  • Learn to Draw – Saturday 4th November – 10-3

Read on for more details…

Watercolour Classes 

Every Friday 2pm – 4pm 

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  


£59 for 4 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. Payment can be made by bank transfer or cash on your first class – 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

Art Workshops

All held in our wonderful light and airy Art Room downstairs with access to the garden. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

OFFER! Book all 3 workshops for only £120!

How to use Soft Pastels – Saturday 16th September – 10am – 3pm

Sue Searle will show you the tips and techniques to get you going. You can create wonderful soft effects with vibrant colours.

Please bring with you some sturdy paper or card suitable for drawing on, a set of soft pastels and a photograph of a subject to work on e.g. Soft landscape, portrait or animal. Pictures will also be available at the class.

Materials will be available on the day for a charge of £5. Cost of workshop: £45.

Suitable for all abilities.

To book email


Creative Watercolours – Saturday 14th October – 10am – 3pm

Spend the day with Sue Searle, an accomplished watercolour artist, to learn a range of creative techniques and then to apply them to a painting you can take home! Learn wet in wet, dry on dry, spattering, scratching, layering, salting and resist. Come along and have some fun with watercolours!

Materials will be available on the day (included). Cost of workshop: £45.

Suitable for all abilities.

To book email


Learn to Draw – Saturday 4th November 2017 – 10am – 3pm

Ever wanted to learn to draw? Sue Searle will talk you through materials and techniques to get  you going. We will cover shading, composition, perspective, hatching and use different materials such as pencils, pen and ink, crayons and charcoal.

Spend a day discovering your creative side! Drawing is a key skill for other artwork.

Materials will be available on the day (included). Cost of workshop: £45.

Suitable for all abilities.

To book email