Art Classes

Art classes on the Wirral

Learn to paint in acrylics and oils

Have you always wanted to paint but struggle with self-confidence, fear of failure or the unknown? Are you overwhelmed by the wealth of choice when you step into an art shop? Do you find the volume of chatter telling you ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways of making art confusing and off-putting? If so, I hope I might be able to help.

My weekly painting classes aim to make painting both straightforward and enjoyable, held as they are in an informal, relaxed atmosphere at Hoylake Community Centre (‘the Parade’) on the Wirral. Classes are designed to be suitable for beginners or more experienced artists, working in either water-mixable oils or acrylics.

My teaching attempts to suppress some of the stifling inhibitions experienced by many leisure painters, to assist students in their personal development and to gently introduce ‘beginners’ to the basics of painting and drawing. I aim to provide each student with an equal share of my time at each class, and my teaching takes into account skill and confidence levels of respective students.

I aim to help students produce truly original work about which they can feel proud, excited and creatively fulfilled.

Classes provide instruction on fundamental elements of painting such as drawing, colour-mixing and the application of paint. Thematically structured, classes cover a variety of subjects from still life to landscape painting and portraiture. I usually provide a brief demonstration (sometimes in water-mixable oils, sometimes in acrylics) at the start of classes in order to clearly and simply illustrate my recommended working practice.

Weekly classes are held on Wednesday afternoons (2:15-4:45pm) at Hoylake Community Centre. Students attending their first classes will be charged £5, with subsequent classes costing £7 per visit.

In order to control numbers booking is essential. To enquire on availability of places or for further questions, please contact me by telephone (0779 0471 098) or email (simon@birtall.co.uk). Thank you.