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Weekly Art Courses

Artists in the Stables gallery
In addition to the 2 and 3 day courses, weekly art courses run at The Stable Gallery.

Daytime Classes run for three 10 week terms from September to July:

Tuesday - Drawing and Painting Class. Tutor Laraine Simpson.

Thursday - Drawing and Painting Class. Tutor Laraine Simpson.

Friday - Life Drawing Class. Tutor Laraine Simpson.


Please contact us if you would like more information.



Drawing and Painting Class
Laraine is a Fine Arts – Painting graduate of Central St. Martins, London, and has many years teaching experience, as a tutor for the Open College of the Arts (OCA), in Higher Education, Adult Education and privately (courses, workshops and painting holidays). She is highly regarded as a perceptive, patient and encouraging tutor working with beginners and advanced students alike, her main aim being to teach people to ‘see’ the relationships of line, tone, shape, colour etc which are fundamental to drawing and painting. Laraine provides tuition in a wide range of media and her structured approach to developing creative self expression equips students with essential practical skills and techniques supported by relevant theory. Experimentation with their chosen media is an important part of the process through which learners are encouraged to develop their own style and consolidate their new skills, facilitated by lots of individual tutor attention.

For her own work artworks Laraine uses oils, pastels, watercolours, and a variety of drawing materials. Her main inspiration is the interplay of light on surfaces, particularly the human form (portraiture and figure work) and landscape. Other favoured subjects include architecture and equestrian work. Her work ranges from a fast, loose and free gestural approach to a more measured and evocative tonal style. She has exhibited widely and has work in a number of private collections.


Evening Classes

Wednesday - Life Drawing. Tutors Stuart Whitehead and Anna Poulton



Life Drawing Class
Stuart and Anna previously co-ordinated The Curiously Strong Arts Group in Harrogate.

Stuart's love for history and the time-worn surfaces of old furniture and ceramics are a great inspiration to his artwork. His most recent artwork combines the sgraffito technique, with a rich impasto paint spread over a canvas which explores the surfaces and layers seen in an old fresco. He combines printing, painting and drawing to form layers of texture. Images are built up and washed back so they become like faded memories.

Anna makes mixed media drawings full of playful marks and layers of texture. She is fascinated by the shapes and structure found in nature. Her working method involves a puzzling process of creating drawings full of expressive marks, then using the destructive action of ripping to reshape and find a harmony.

For further details of their Wednesday evening course, please contact Anna & Stuart directly or see their Facebook page


Specialist Faux Finish Furniture Painting Techniques with Clementene Coates

Clementene Coates Brush Strokes


Furniture painting has taken the world of interior design by storm and with so many people embarking on their own furniture painting projects, this is the perfect time to get on board and try your hand at learning some of the wonderful classic and faux finish painting techniques. This is a beginner's course suitable for absolute beginners or those with a basic understanding of furniture painting. Clementene will teach you a range of classic and artistic skills so you can confidently transform your own old, outdated or modern, plain furniture into beautiful and unique pieces which you can be proud of.





Clementene Coates


Join prominent professional furniture painter CLEMENTENE COATES for her inspiring furniture painting classes. Clementene is a regular Features Writer for the renowned Country Living Magazine and Guest Speaker at the Country Living Fairs and her work has featured in many leading interior design magazines, including Country Homes & Interiors Magazine.

For more information, dates and to book see http://www.clementenecoates.co.uk/painting-classes/4593165105