A very bold and stunning piece today by student Gerald Mckenna who is currently working on the Beginners Drawing course with tutor Monica Cilmi. We love it and hope you do too!
A beautiful watercolour painting today from Maria Ei Zar – ‘Pears in a Glass Bowl’. Maria has a very light touch when it comes to painting in watercolour. Her many delicate layers of fresh colours used to create each pear is absolutely stunning. The three dimensional feel to them along with the texture too is Continue Reading
Tutor Steven Hersey was thrilled to receive Alicia’s fifth assignment for her Illustration Course and said that it was ‘outstanding artwork’. He asked if it could be added here for students to view. Alicia was delighted for it to be added here on our blog. We hope students enjoy reading how Alicia approached the two Continue Reading
This weekends Art Challenge is very challenging! We would like you to set up a still life of eggs laying on a cloth. We have taken some photographs of eggs on a linen cloth however you can use any kind of cloth that you have to hand, as long as you wrinkle the fabric. Alternatively Continue Reading
Welcome to the reveal of our students artwork on the theme of reflections. So many varying styles and ideas of this theme. It is amazing how students can come up with completely different and unique ideas to convey the word ‘reflections’. We are absolutely delighted with everyones results and we hope you enjoy viewing them Continue Reading
2 AWARDS AT PATCHINGS ART FESTIVAL 2019 I’m delighted to announce that my watercolour ‘Underfall Boat Yard, Bristol’ has received 2 awards at this year’s exhibition and competition in ‘The Artist’ Professional category at the Patchings Art Centre in Nottingham. I’ve always found harbours and boat yards inspiring places to paint and earlier this year, I gained Continue Reading
Today’s post is by a student who completed her course in 2001. We hope that our students and readers find it inspiring!! ————————– Jo Allsopp is a self-taught artist from Leicestershire who owns Sable Studio Gallery which is nestled in the beautiful grounds of Moira Furnace Museum, Derbyshire, located by the canal. Here, there is Continue Reading
My name is Natasha Griffiths and I am studying Digital Illustration with tutor Monique. I’m normally a traditional pet portrait artist, pen and paper but I’ve always been really interested in digital art. This Dachshund was my first attempt at any kind of digital art and was drawn for my first assignment. It is so Continue Reading
Nemu Abe has just reached the finishing line of the Drawing and Painting Diploma Course with a Distinction! Nemu is very talented and produced some excellent work throughout the course. Take a look at some of her work below. We wish Nemu the best of luck with her future artwork!
Welcome to our latest artwork challenge all about reflections. We see reflections everywhere, whether it be tiny reflections in a drop of water on a window from the rain, to our own reflections peering into puddle. Reflections can be from objects on a shiny surface, reflecting their colours and shapes gloriously like the photo of Continue Reading
Welcome to our latest weekend challenge artwork! This weeks challenge was to paint or draw a bottle or jug and fill it half or three quarters with a liquid along with a glass with liquid in sitting next to it. We have received some amazing paintings and drawings this week. First of all we have Continue Reading
My name is Julia Meekin and I have just completed the Pastel Painting course with tutor Monika Cilmi. From time to time over the years, I have found time every so often to practice art, mostly in watercolors. I bought a box of 30 pastels on sale about 30 years ago and they sat in Continue Reading
Today we have a lovely selection of artwork from Elena Peres, a student who completed our Pastels Course. Elena was able to experiment with a variety of subjects, colours and genres on the pastel course. You can too! Why not drop along to our website and view our Pastels Course. You can enrol today and Continue Reading
Student Emma Jane Rosenberg completed the Pet Portraits Course and has created some absolutely superb pieces as you can see below. A lot of work has gone into each and every painting. We particularly like the cat pastel below, with it’s depth of tone and rich colours, the whole piece really gives a very realistic Continue Reading
Tutor Vanessa weaver asked if we would share student Julie Noonan’s logo design from one of her assignments. It is an idea for a charity, although it’s not an actual brief, the company does exist and the student decided to redesign the current logo. Julie wrote to her tutor Vanessa Weaver……. For this task I Continue Reading
Todays blog post has been written by our lovely Botanical Painting Tutor, Polly O’Leary. Satoko Handa has drawn a Tulip leaf for one of her Botanical Coloured Pencil assignments. It’s a lovely sensitive drawing and I was delighted to receive it for assessment. Equally, Naomi Dickens has also created some beautiful drawings of Blackcurrant Leaves. Continue Reading
Welcome to this weekends challenge. It’s quite a tricky one. We would like you to draw or paint a bottle and glass with liquid in half or three quarters full. It doesn’t have to be a wine bottle and wine glass which is the obvious choice. It could be a beer bottle and pint glass, Continue Reading
Two stunning pieces today by student Robert Kidner who has just completed the Drawing with Pens Course. Tutor Monica Cilmi was thrilled with his results and you can see one of his stunning drawings below. Well done Robert!!
Congratulations to all of our students who completed this weeks art challenge – peppers and chillis! We absolutely love them all and are always thrilled when art challenge artwork fly into our inbox each week. We also really enjoy viewing them on our Facebook page too. They definitely brightened up our Facebook page with all Continue Reading
Here is a beautiful coloured pencil drawing by student Sharron Watson studying with Monika on the Coloured Pencil Drawing Course. Sharron said – The ‘scrap’ challenge. I’m afraid living on a narrow boat we don’t have much in the way of scrap due to lack of room. However I found these items! I tried to Continue Reading