We have a range of Workshops and Courses to choose from, whether you are a complete beginner, improver, or an experienced or professional artist wishing to extend your skillset.
Our team of experienced artists provide a wide range of skills between them, exhibit and are commissioned regularly. Above all they love what they do and their enthusiasm is contagious!
From digital to traditional work, our students enjoy developing their own special potential and discovering how to apply their skills. See how Brian McAleer opened his new gallery in Manningtree.
Browse Val's paintings and updates, information on future exhibitions and news of events
Learn to draw or paint with our friendly team of artists . With a combined 120 years of working in art and a combined total of 35 years teaching and coaching people in art, our workshops and courses are provided to small groups in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that suits complete beginners, improvers, and professionals. We do our best to tailor our courses to individual needs and skills with plenty of flexibility for you to get the best out of the time you spend with us. Proprietor Val Cansick, has been involved with and passionate about art all her life, winning a junior scholarship to study at Plymouth College of Art when she was just 13, progressing to full time study and eventually to the commercial workplace. She is also a trained trainer and has coached and tutored many aspiring artists of all ages. Her latest research has been on the importance of the positive effect art can have on mental and physical health, and the benefits of being totally immersed in something creative.