It’s the time of year to get creative! Brighten up your autumn by signing up for an art class and learning a new skill. Even better, grab a friend and get creative together! This term, alongside our popular regular classes, we have lots of new workshops to try out, including Monoprint, Textile Arts and Abstract Painting. Our fun, friendly evening and weekend courses are open to everyone and take place in a range of great locations across the city.

New at Bluecoat this May, we have Textile Arts, taking place over 10 Tuesday evenings, where you will learn wet feltmaking, batik, hand-stitching and many more textile crafts to develop your artistic skills using beautiful organics and textiles. We also have a new 3 day course in Abstract Painting, taking place on 3 consecutive Sundays in November, when you can delve into the imaginative world of abstract painting, learning about layering, materials, composition and texture. For those who want to develop their painting skills we have a new one day masterclass, Oil Painting Techniques. Led by professional painter Richard Meaghan, you will learn the subtle art of painting with oils using traditional techniques, giving you the confidence to go further with your painting and create beautiful pieces of art. Our final new addition at Bluecoat is Festive Feltmaking, a fun day learning how to do wet feltmaking and developing your skills with textiles. Perfect for the complete beginner or those more advanced who want to have a day of festive creativity using textiles.

This season also sees the return to the Bluecoat of the popular 10 week evening courses in Life Drawing, Beginners Painting (Acrylics) and shorter courses in Beginners Digital Photography, Photography Masterclass in Composition and Drawing for Everyone.

Our new venue for this season is the dot-art Annex in Queen Avenue. Here we will be holding our popular evening courses in Watercolour for Beginners and Portrait Drawing, plus a number of new workshops. First up is a new 10 week evening course in Drawing Techniques, designed by professional artist Sarah Jane Richards to develop observational and expressive drawing techniques and skills. This is ideal for both beginners and for those wishing to explore aspects of their own practice. Another new 10 week course is Digital Photography, running on Wednesday evenings. Perfect for those who would like to move from being a keen beginner to a competent intermediate photographer.

We also have two new short courses running over 3 consecutive Sundays. The first is Introduction to Interior Design, in which you will explore the world of Interior Design, looking at interior style, materials and textiles, creating floor plans and designing to a brief. Secondly Monoprinting, led by artist Bev Evans. You will get hands-on with acrylic paints, a variety of stencils (both man-made and from nature), textured surfaces, masking and sgraffito techniques (scratching/drawing patterns into the paint) to develop your own set of prints, gift tags, envelopes and printed gift bags

At Faith Bebbington’s Studio, we have a Wood Carving for beginners course, led by Faith herself across 3 consecutive Sundays in November. This short course includes an introduction to wood carving, a look at the range of carving tools, how to select and choose your wood, different ways to finish the surface and finally, the creation of your own wood carving inspired by natural forms.

We are also returning to the Friends of Williamson Tunnels on Sundays in October and December for Sketching in the Tunnels, a unique opportunity for both beginners and experienced artists to spend a Sunday morning drawing and learning new skills in this fascinating location.

Finally, our dot-art Club for creative children is expanding to cover two ages groups and has moved to the fantastic Baltic Creative! We now have Sunday morning sessions for 7-10 years olds and afternoon sessions for 11-13 years, which will be running in two six week blocks, starting 9th September and 4th November. Every week our young artists will be encouraged to develop their drawing skills and build a lifelong love of art!

Full details, prices and booking information can be found here: