Short courses this Summer  2020.


Listed below are the classes we will be running during the Summer 2020.

We are limiting the numbers in each class to 6 students, so there will be plenty of space for you to social distance.

To make a booking please call us on 01455 636339 or visit Rose in-store.


Introduction to Watercolours

Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th August

1.30 - 3.30 or

7.00 - 9.00p.m.

(3 session course)

No experience necessary for this short course on watercolours. We will look at the different paints and papers available, which brushes do what, and how to mix the paint. We will look at how to achieve washes and paint simple landscapes.

Cost = £40.00

All materials provided.

Introduction to Drawing

Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th July.

1.30 - 3.30


7.00 - 9.00p.m.

(2 session course)

Have you always wanted to draw, and you are not quite sure where to start? This is a great way to get you started. Rose will take you through the basics on how to draw simple shapes, how to shade, how to depict objects and work on still life projects.

Cost = £20.00

Pen and Ink

Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th, and Wednesday 12th August

1.30 - 3.30


7.00 - 9.00p.m.

(3 sessions)

Rose will take you through  3 different types and uses of pens - a waterproof pen, a water soluble pen and a white pen, creating 3 different artworks during the sessions. Bring your own, or we can provide you with a set for £6.00

Cost = £30.00

Weekly Classes - Autumn 2020.

Classes will be resuming on the week beginning 21st September

We have rearranged the classroom and will be investing in new teaching aids and reducing some class numbers. Your safety is of our utmost concern.


Drawing and Painting

Class 1: Monday        19:00 - 21:00, Starts 21st September 2020, 10 weeks, £110

Class 2: Tuesday       13.30 - 15.30, Starts 22nd September  2020  10 weeks £110

Class 3: Tuesday       19:00 - 21:00, Starts 22nd September 2020, 10 weeks, £110.

Class 4: Wednesday 13:30 - 15:30,  Starts 23rd September  2020, 10 weeks, £110.

Who is it suitable for?

Suitable for beginners and people with some experience.

What will it cover? 

Develop techniques and build confidence working on set themes or projects of personal choice.

What will I need to bring?

A list of materials required  will be supplied before the start of the course.


Life Drawing

Class 1: Wednesday 19:00 - 21:00, Starts 23rd September 2020  10 weeks, £150.

Who is it suitable for?

Beginners and those with some experience. Over 16s only.

What will it cover? 

Life drawing of the human figure, from observation and usually naked.  Scott will guide you through various postures and the use of various drawing and painting media.

What will I need to bring?

Cartridge paper and a range of pencils and charcoal.


Drop In            NEW

Tutor: Rose Allinson

Class 1: Wednesday 10.00 - 12.00, Drop In  

Starts  23rd September 2020    £10.00 per session

Who is it suitable for?

A new drop in class that is available to all. Rose will be on hand to help you with your drawing or painting.

No need to book - just turn up!


What will I need to bring?


Whatever project you are working on.



Class 1: Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00, Starts 22nd September   2020, 10 weeks, £110.

Class 2:  Friday   10:00 - 12:00, Starts 25th September 2020      10 weeks, £110.

Who is it suitable for?

Suitable for beginners and people with some experience.

What will it cover? 

Learn new techniques and build your confidence with watercolour painting. Combine materials and create exciting effects under the guidance of Claire.

What will I need to bring?

Watercolour paint, paper and brushes.


Botanical Painting

Class 1: Thursday 19.00 - 21.00, Starts 24th September 2020    10 weeks, £110.

Class 2: Saturday 10:00 - 12:00, Starts  26th September 2020   10 weeks, £110.

Who is it suitable for?

For anyone who is a beginner to botanical art; the course will cover the basics in terms of both skills and equipment. For students who already have some experience already, the course aims to help you develop the skills you already have and to increase both your confidence and ability.

What will it cover? 

Kate will guide you through the stages involved in producing a piece of accurate botanical work.

What will I need to bring?

Watercolour paint, paper and brushes.

Painting and Drawing

Class 1: Thursday 10:00 - 12:00, Starts 24th September 2020, 10 weeks, £110.

Who is it suitable for?

 No experience necessary, just a willingness to "have a go".

What will it cover? 

Join us on a creative journey in a relaxed and supportive environment where you will have the opportunity to explore diverse approaches to making exciting art works on a variety of themes, in a mixture of media. We will be studying the work of other artists for inspiration and experimenting with different techniques.

What will I need to bring?

Mixed media (some to borrow),  paper and brushes etc.


Painting in Acrylics

Class 1: Thursday 1:30 - 3:30, Starts 24th September 2020  5 weeks, £60.

Who is it suitable for?

 No experience necessary, just a willingness to "have a go".

What will it cover? 

Always fancied painting in acrylics, but don't know where to start? Come and join us to make exciting works on a variety of themes. We will study the work of other artists and experiment with different painting techniques and surfaces.

What will I need to bring?

Acrylic paints,  paper, board, and brushes etc.


Saturday Workshops - Autumn 2020 T.B.C.


Saturday Workshop -  Needlefelt Cat Workshop -

Tutor: Gemma Bee

Class 1: Saturday 13.30 - 16.30  £40 (includes all materials).

We will arrange another date in the future.

Who is it suitable for?

A needle felting workshop suitable for complete beginners and those who know a little of the technique. Needle felting is simple to learn and very addictive once you start.

What will it cover? 

 Colour and design variants will be down to your own creative interpretation, but Gemma will bring with her plenty of examples and inspiration. You will be able to take your needles and a colour printed workshop handout with you at the end of the class. The handout includes step by step photos and descriptions of the techniques used.

What will I need to bring?

All materials are provided.


Saturday Workshop - Kokedama Moss Balls -

Tutor: Jean Savage

Class 1: Saturday   13.00 - 16.30                    £45.00

A new date to be arranged.

Who is it suitable for?

Suitable for anyone that would like to have a go at creating a kokedama ball - a living planter.

What will it cover? 

In this class you will make kokedama moss balls - these are living planters which can be suspended on string, or nestled into wood etc. You will make the moss balls from scratch, and the string from suitable leaves and grasses. Then learn the most suitable plants to use and how to care for them.
Materials for a small moss ball and plant included.


What will I need to bring?

All materials are provided,

Saturday Workshop - Still Life in Acrylics

Tutor: Scott Bridgwood

Saturday  1.30 - 4.30                    £40.00

A new date with be arranged.

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone that would like to learn about painting a still life.

What will it cover? 

Scott will take you through the various stages of the painting - sketching, how to prepare and painting your still life.

What will I need to bring?

Please bring a pencil, eraser and a selection of acrylic paints and brushes. A board will be provided for you.



Saturday Workshop - Beginners Life Drawing

Saturday  1.30 - 4.30   £40.00

Who is it suitable for?

Suitable for those that have little or no experience of drawing from a live model.

What will it cover? 

Scott will introduce you to the basics of proportion, how to shade, create tone and start you on your journey of drawing from life.

You will be working from a live model throughout the afternoon.


What will I need to bring?

Please bring willow charcoal, a pencil, eraser,


Saturday Workshop - Bluebell Wood in Pastels

Tutor: Chris Rogers

Class 1: Saturday    13.30 - 16.30                    £40.00

Who is it suitable for?

This workshop is aimed at beginners and those that are fairly new to using soft pastels.

What will it cover? 

You will learn the basic pastel application techniques, along with how to use colour and value to simplify the complex details found in the landscape. You will also be given guidance on how to create a pleasing composition and use perspective to give your paintings a sense of depth.

What will I need to bring?

A selection of soft pastels, dark brown and grey pastel pencils. Paper will be provided.


Meet the Tutors


Rose Allinson,

B.A.Hons., MA.

Rose is joint proprietor and has a with a wealth of knowledge and experience across the whole media spectrum. She is a highly qualified and experienced tutor and runs our classes in Drawing and Painting. She gained her BA and MA from Birmingham's famous School of Jewellery, and worked there for a number of years, as well as in many of our local schools and colleges.

Rose's Classes:

Claire Botterill,

B.A. Hons.

Claire is a dedicated tutor, full of enthusiasm for developing student’s skills, knowledge and confidence whilst having fun in a relaxed atmosphere. She is a graduate of De Montfort University, where she studied ceramics.  Claire is is an award winning painter who exhibits widely.

Claire's Classes:

Scott Bridgwood,

B.A. Hons.

Scott is an award winning figurative painter, who graduated from the prestigious Chelsea Art College and has exhibited widely in the Uk and overseas. He is a hugely respected tutor and his Life Drawing Classes are renown here in the UK and overseas.

Scott's Classes:

Kate Nutall

SBA, SBA Dip Dist

Kate is passionate about botanical art, achieving a Distinction in the Distance Learning Diploma Course run by the Society of Botanical Artists. She was made a full member of the Society in 2008 and has been teaching since then. She loves passing on skills to her classes and watching them improve as much as she enjoys painting herself. She exhibits annually at the Society of Botanical Artists' Open Exhibition in London. 

Kate's Classes:

Kirsty Whitrow


Kirsty is a fine art graduate from Leicester and specialises in large scale school and hospital projects, as well as running classes and workshops in mosaics and mixed media throughout Leicestershire. We are delighted to add her to our team of tutors.

Kirsty's Classes:

Sarah Holden


Sarah is an experienced tutor who runs printing classes throughout the East Midlands.


Jean Savage

Jean is a Leicestershire weaver who has a whole range of experience in weaving - small domestic size weaving projects to much larger sculptural forms.

Jean's Class:

Julie Manson

Julie is Leicester Society of Artists member, and has a relaxed approach to encouraging  students to develop their work through curiosity and personal growth. She has a strong interest in emotional communication in painting

Julie's Class:

Chris Jay Rogers

Chirs has a BTEC Level 3 course in Art and Design, and worked initially in graphic design and illustration
She sells her work regularly through private commissions and mainly local exhibitions, Soft pastel has become a firm favourite over the years. Most of her landscape paintings are created using this wonderful medium as I love its immediacy and textural qualities; especially for expressing light, colour and atmosphere. I find plenty of inspiration when I am out walking in the countryside and I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture the fleeting moments I observe throughout the changing seasons.  



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