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Art classes for beginners and intermediates


About the Course

The classes run termly on a Tuesday evening 6.30-9.00 or Wednesday 4.30-6.30. They are aimed at beginners and intermediates who would like to gain confidence to create their own artwork and those who want to gain new skills. Beginners will have an introduction to a range of different materials, disciplines and styles in art history. Intermediates will be encouraged to develop their skills and explore project based work.

Materials and methods offered include drawing, painting, printing, collage, mixed media and plaster casting, as well as clay modelling and construction in clay slab and coil method.

Your teacher is Sue Wagstaff, who is a practising artist and qualified art teacher. She is keen to encourage personal development and the individuality of her students. The classes are kept to a maximum of six. This provides a relaxed learning environment and allows time for those needing more individual support. It also allows people of different abilities and interests to work on different projects if they wish. Classes are friendly and relaxed and there is always a tea break.

Price: Tuesday evening 6.30-9.00 (£165.00) or Wednesday 4.30-6.30 (£150). The next 10 week term will begin in January W/B 07/01/19.

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What's included in the price?

Materials, use of tools and equipment, tea/coffee and biscuits at tea break.


Sue Wagstaff at Sue Wagstaff
Studio 8 Parndon Mill
Parndon Mill Lane
CM20 2HP
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In-person course
- - #7516

I am a beginner to Art Classes and am really enjoying the small, relaxed and informal class held at Parndon Mill with excellent tutor Sue Wagstaff. Her class caters for all abilities exploring the use of different mediums. It's a chance to chill, be creative, learn new skills and make new friends - Great!

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- - #7498

I started Sue's course with very little confidence in my creative ability. As she has guided me through techniques and skills, I am starting to produce pieces of work that I am proud of, both in her classes and at home. I also enjoy the friendly small group and the opportunity to try whatever I wish, with support and advice. I am learning from the others in the group too.
Parndon Mill is a lovely place to hold the courses and there is the added bonus of visiting the gallery each week before attending the class.
Thankyou Sue.

In-person course
- - #7480

Sue has provided well resourced and detailed lessons that are engaging and useful for my teenage daughter. She offers support and guidance where needed and is quick to respond to any queries or difficulties. I would happily recommend her as a teacher for anyone wishing to improve their art skills or prepare for art exams. Her knowledge and experience as a secondary school teacher is invaluable for home schooled children who want to add an art IGCSE to their qualifications. She has always been cheerful, friendly and encouraging to everyone in her class.

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- - #7463

My children have been attending Sue's Friday art class for a couple of years now and it is the highlight of their week. They have come home with a huge variety of artwork, all of it to a really high standard. Sue is kind, encouraging and engaging and has some lovely original ideas.

In-person course
- - #7462

My teenage daughter attends Sue's class. Sue is a great teacher, very enthusiastic and inspiring and builds a great rapport with the teenagers. Sue is able to spend lots of time with everyone in the class so they get lots of constructive feedback and support. My daughter has blossomed and feels so much more confident in her art work since attending the course. Thank you Sue

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- - #7458

My daughter attended Sue's classes for about 6 years and loved them. Our house is full of wonderful works of art that she's created under Sue's tutelage and it gave her a wonderful opportunity to work in a variety of media, as well as to exhibit in an exhibition. Sue is a lovely person and a great teacher; I would thoroughly recommend

In-person course
- - #7457

Sue is a brilliant teacher. Gentle kind and full of inspiration.
Great with Children and adults too.
My daughter has been attending Sue's classes for a number of years and has progressed extremely well. She loves the lessons and now goes twice a week!

In-person course
- - #7386

I have been coming to Sue's class for a few years now. I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the chance to be creative alongside like-minded people. There is no pressure put on you. The group is small and friendly and there is the chance to try many forms of art, printmaking, pottery, pen and ink, charcoal, whatever you would like to try. The studio is at the top of an old mill, you only have to look out of the window to be inspired.

In-person course
- - #7199

This is a small, friendly class where we can work individually in our preferred medium - we don't all have to do the same thing at the same time. Sue Wagstaff provides instruction and/or advice where wanted, but encourages us to develop our own creative style. She also makes suggestions for us to step out of our comfort zone, perhaps with pencil, pastel, paint, print, clay or plaster, but it is entirely up to us whether we accept the challenge or not. And we get biscuits!

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- - #7151

Sue has a lovely studio in Pardon Mill accessible by old ladder stairs, I have really enjoyed attending her small group classes over the last 6 years or so they are friendly and informative. I have learnt how to make things from clay and had a go at lino cutting / printing, still life drawing and on occasion we have had life models in, Sue has a broad knowledge base and is an excellent teacher

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