We are delighted to announce our spring / summer programme of creative courses in a range of iconic arts venues across Merseyside, all of which are COVID secure. We have introduced a range of safety measures to keep everyone as safe as possible. Participant numbers are limited to allow everyone to feel comfortable keeping a safe distance, however, due to limited spaces early booking is essential.

If for any reason we are unable to deliver the course (for example a local lockdown) you will automatically receive a full refund, so you can book with full confidence. All our courses are suitable for beginners, but hurry, with reduced numbers, tickets are very limited! So come and join us to get creative at one of our inspiring venues, The Reader, FACT and the Anglican Cathedral.

At FACT we are delighted to have the use of the BOX for our classes, giving us lots of space for socially distanced learning! On Monday evenings we will be holding our popular course in Drawing Techniques; as tutor Sarah-Jane says, no matter what medium you enjoy using, be it paint, pastel or clay, learning the essential drawing techniques will magnify your creative ability. On Tuesday evenings, FACT will host our very popular Life Drawing course, temporarily relocated from the Bluecoat. This course is for those who want to work directly from both the nude and clothed model and will develop your skills in life drawing, including accurate measuring, shading and drawing techniques.

We are also returning to Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday 3 and 17 July for Sketching in the Anglican, a unique opportunity for both beginners and experienced artists to spend a morning drawing and learning new skills in this fascinating location.

This season we are bringing back an old favourite, Photowalks! Starting from the dot-art Gallery in Queen Avenue, just off Castle Street, tutor Mark Reeves will lead small groups from the city’s historical business district to several key sites around Liverpool’s world-famous waterfront and landmarks, giving hints and tips on capturing the perfect photograph, whatever your camera. Choose from Sunday 6 June or 18 July.

Our ever-popular dot-art Club for creative children has relocated to The Reader at Calderstones Mansion in South Liverpool. These sessions for 8-12 year olds run in six week blocks, with the next one starting 9 June and will take place from 4-5.30pm on Wednesdays. Every week our young artists will be encouraged to develop their drawing skills and build a lifelong love of art under the expert guidance of artist Brigitte Watkinson.

Also at The Reader, we have the popular 10 week Tuesday evening course in Textile Arts, creating a range of nature based items using felting, stitching, sewing and printing. Tutor Catherine will also be running two 1 day workshops on consecutive Saturdays in Lino Cut: Beginners and Lino Cut: Intermediate which will introduce you to the materials and tools of lino cutting and printing before moving onto more in depth techniques on the second day.

Our other 10 week course this term is Portrait Painting with Kathy Dereli, where you will learn from a variety of exercises and tuition the essential techniques used to create beautiful portraits. We have 3 day courses, in Landscape Painting with award winning artist Jacob Gourley and Watercolour Painting with Roy Munday both of which are suitable for beginners or those wanting to develop their skills further.

Finally we have a set of single day workshops; Sketching in the Park – the perfect way to de-stress is through being creative in nature, on Saturday 19 June and Sunday 18 July, and a Cyanotype Sunprint Workshop which will introduce you to the use of a traditional Victorian photographic technique as a way of creating unique artistic images, on 12 June.

Available classes:

Course Dates / Times Column 3 Column 4
Drawing Techniques Mondays from 24 May
FACT £160 for 10 classes
Life Drawing Tuesdays from 1 June
6.45 – 9pm
FACT £160 for 10 classes
Sketching in the Anglican Saturday 3 July and Saturday 17 July
Liverpool Cathedral £25
Photowalk Sunday 6 June and Sunday 18 July
Liverpool City Centre £35
dot-art Club (10-13 years) Wednesdays from 9 June
The Reader £75 for 5 classes
Portrait Painting Tuesdays from 31 May
The Reader £160 for 10 classes
Textile Arts Mondays from 12 October
The Reader £175 for 10 classes
Lino Cut: Beginners Saturday 26 June
11am-5pmThe Reader
The Reader £50
Lino Cut: Intermediate Saturday 3 July
The Reader £50
Landscape Painting Sundays 27 June, 4, 11 July
11am – 5pm
The Reader £125 for 3 days
Watercolour Painting Sundays 6, 13, 20 June
11am – 5pm
The Reader £125 for 3 days
Sketching in the Park Saturday 19 June and Sunday 18 July
11am – 5pm
The Reader £50
Cyanotype Sunprint Workshop Saturday 12 June
11am – 5pm
The Reader £50

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