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About the Course
Classes are held in lovely venues - Windsor Race Course on Thursdays. Classes are fun and friendly, a place to learn and make new friends.
There are 3 hour morning and afternoon classes to fit in with student’s schedules. You receive tuition and guidance from our excellent tutors allowing you to produce beautiful art using a variety of mediums over a 14 week period.
We start with pencil drawing, setting the building blocks of skills for the course. We then work with charcoal, coloured inks, pastels both soft and oil, watercolours & acrylic paint as well as Lino & Brusho. The principles of drawing and painting are progressively practiced with techniques and subjects such as landscapes, still life, figure drawing and portrait.
Classes are suitable for beginners & improvers.
Our classes have an 85% returners rate, students return to hone their skills, learn new skills, chat with friends & enjoy a sense of community.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All art materials are supplied so you just have to bring yourself.
Free, on site parking.
Refreshments available at Windsor Race Course.
The ColourWheel Art classes in Windsor, facilitated by Rene and lead/tutored by Erica, are excellent. I have completed four terms and thoroughly enjoy every week, learning new skills and techniques as the course progresses. Erica is a brilliant artist and a patient, fun teacher, guiding the class through each stage, providing excellent demonstrations and individual helpful advice. She is very encouraging and patient and enables everyone to achieve amazing artwork at their own pace each week.
The classes are very well organised, with all the materials provided. Windsor Racecourse is an excellent venue, the rooms are spacious and light and the atmosphere during the classes is friendly and fun. I can't recommend the ColourWheel art class highly enough.
Ann Green - - #29177
The last time I did art was about 10 years ago at school so this is my first time getting back into it since school. This class gives a wonderful chance to try out different media every week so you're always trying something new. I recommend this class to anyone who has an interest in drawing, doesn't matter what level of experience you are. These classes have reignited my love of art & drawing!
Yana - - #29169
The colour wheel course had enabled me to un -tap potential that I did not appreciate that I had!! The courses are well structured, organised and the teaching capability is excellent.
Kathy Isherwood - - #29157
I was totally new to drawing and painting.
Outstanding teachers break down the techniques into simple steps,make it fun, and support learning with gentle positive encouragement.
I thought that I would try art for one term, I'm now in my 3rd year with Colour Wheel!
My friends and family love seeing what I draw and paint.
Sandra Balogac - - #29059
The most amazing classes. Windsor race course is an excellent venue, with plenty of natural light, and a nice airy room. Well structured classes, covering so many different media: from pencil, charcoal and pastel to watercolour, collage, acrylic, gouash, coloured inks and even Lino cutting! All materials are provided, so you just turn up, and you can’t forget anything! Three hours is just the right time to complete a piece of work, and I love the warm up drawings/fun we sometimes have at the beginning of class. The teacher ( Erica ) is such a talented teacher, it doesn’t matter whether you are a complete beginner or you’ve been painting for years, as she is able to help and offer advice at any level, appropriate to the student. Also tea, coffee and biscuits are provided at a very small cost, if you feel like you need a break and a chat, with a fellow
First class ❤️
Sue Clarke - - #29056
As an absolute novice who hasn’t done any art since the age of 13 (and many years have since passed) I nearly didn’t go to the taster class. I did go though, and I loved it! I couldn’t wait to start the course, the ability to get such guidance that you produce a finished picture each week, is so rewarding. Combined with an opportunity to try a range of mediums to see what suits you best, is a real opportunity. However, the biggest joy comes from the friendly, encouraging and fun filled classes that just makes me count the days until the next class! What I thought would be far out of my comfort zone is actually giving me a new found love and confidence. I would highly recommend it!
Faye Bowerman - - #29041
I have done courses at both Maidenhead and Windsor over the last 3 years. The teachers Inge and Erica are amazing.
Rene is the most organised person I know and everything possible is provided. Nothing is too much trouble and she goes the extra mile to support every individual. Fantastic!
Beverley Petts - - #29040
I did two terms with Rene and loved every minute of it ,meeting lots of budding artists, I went to the Windsor race course for my lessons and learned such a lot, I would recommend it to anyone who is interested,
Sandra Coupland - - #29028
I absolutely love my Thursday afternoons attending the Colourwheel art classes. I had never done any art before attending the classes - They are brilliant, a friendly relaxed environment in which to try out different techniques and mediums. Highly recommended.
Jayne Kelly - - #29017
The art classes are excellent!
As a complete beginner, having not produced any art work since 'O' Level, I am amazed by what I have been able to achieve. This is down to the excellent teaching and format of the classes. Working with a different medium each week (most of which I hadn't even heard of before) helps in making each session both interesting and enjoyable. Both Rene and Erica are both so friendly and positive about everyone's work making Thursday afternoons relaxing and fun.
Sally Buckley - - #29015
This is a fantastic course at superb locations. I started in September 2017 as a "beginner" and I'm still here., I have learned such a lot from both Erica and Inge with Rene being super organised. I've made new friends. Art classes are "me" time that I won't sacrifice for anything. It has given me the confidence to exhibit (and sell) some of my art. However, I come to class to keep learning the techniques and using new media. It's such a joy. A wonderful way to pass a morning a week. I would thoroughly recommend it. It really is worth giving it a try. You'll be hooked.
Maria Memoli - - #29014
Have you ever been told that you can't draw? - then this class is for you!
In a super supportive and friendly environment, teachers Erica and Inga will guide you (at your own pace) through the different disciplines of drawing and painting.
Each week builds on existing skills whilst introducing new ones, together with exciting new mediums. It's completely hassle free as everything is provided by Rene, including comprehensive class notes.
Twelve terms later, I'm still learning new techniques and discovering new mediums. I remain constantly surprised at how a class of 20 or so people with differing abilities can produce such a diverse range of unique art week after week.
I genuinely look at the world in a different way - and best of all, I'm no longer that person who "can't do art".
Paula Harper - - #29012
This is the best art course I have ever attended. Everyone is encouraged to learn new skills...and we all do! The atmosphere created by Erica and Rene is supportive and fun. I have attended 3 courses a year since the beginning of 2017 and will be coming back for more.
Siân Statters - - #29002
This class is a great start, I have felt encouraged and have learned a lot. Ideal for beginners as well as returners, lovely atmosphere, and you come away with a sense of achievement every time.
Vanessa Gordon - - #23500
What an excellent class!! Top notch teaching, very organised with everything supplied. Just show up & everything is at your station. I have attended for 3 years now & wish I found this class years ago..... No where else compares to this class. Everyone is friendly & we have lots of laughs & banter. I highly recommend this class, give Rene a call & she will set up a free taster session. Come & see for yourself. Why not? Brenda S
Brenda Stafford - - #23462
ColourWheel art classes are great fun, I started in January 2019 with the intention of just going to the one. I am now doing this term and will be back again. Rene (host) and Erica (teacher) are both fantastic, doing everything they can to make you welcome and at ease. A variety of mediums are taught and the atmosphere is very relaxed. Fellow students make for humorous and entertaining banter. ColourWheel is my 3 hour sanctuary- no phones etc. I highly recommend it.
Sandra Haines - - #23359
Love these Colourwheel art classes. You learn such a lot, become completely immersed in this new hobby and meet some lovely people all at the same time.
I look forward to Thursday afternoons all week. Whether you're artistic anyway or you just want to take up a new hobby with a professional but very friendly company, I can’t recommend Colourwheel highly enough.
Rene always takes the time to make each lesson 'special' so for example we have fortune cookies when painting Chinese lanterns and a Poldark theme when studying the perspective of a Cornish tin mine!! Erica is our resident artist and is always clear, encouraging and very approachable.
Windsor Racecourse is a lovely venue too!!
Kim - - #23358
Fabulous course, very well run and enjoyable to attend. Suitable for any level of student.
Dawn - - #16461
An amazing course. Fabulous teachers and a beautiful setting. The sessions are varied and I've loved learming how to use the different media. I've booked to start my fourth term. An enjoyable challenge each week with a great group of people. Great fun.
Jane Montandon - - #16351
Love this course and would recommended it to anyone.
I first went for a taster session last year and thought it was way beyond my ability.
3 terms later and I am addicted.
Rene is always ready with a smile and a great welcome every week and her attention to detail is amazing.
Erica is such a lovely lady showing us her beautiful skills in creating great artwork. She is always ready with advice and compliments which mean a lot .
Best feel good 3 hours of the week
Janet Carpenter - - #16276
I'm really enjoying the Colour Wheel classes and have improved my skills significantly during the 14 weeks. Before joining the class, if I picked up my brushed, I would work with a subject or medium that I felt comfortable with, however the varied syllabus enables you to try a range of creative techniques to build your skills and confidence. Renee does a fantastic job of organising everything, so all materials and session content are provided and Erica is a brilliant tutor who offers clear direction and also one to one encouragement and guidance. It doesn't matter whether you're a beginner or more accomplished, everyone is made to feel welcome and can learn at their pace. I love finding some some 'me time' in a busy working week with a great group, and I'm signing up for next term I enjoyed it so much.
Susie Cole - - #16272
This was my first term as I retired at the beginning of the year. I was a bit nervous about my first class with colour Wheel but I needn't have been. I have loved it from the start and learnt such a lot in the time I have been there. We have covered a very varied syllabus which gives you an opportunity to try things you would not have otherwise have thought of doing. Everyone is so kind and very helpful and everything is provided for you along with the special touches like the ice lollys on a day that was exceptionally hot and we were drawing a beech schene, to mention a few. I am just about to register for my second course and can't wait for them to start again.
Margaret Gonning - - #16255
A complete beginner in September, I am now completing my 3rd term and looking forward to next September.
Syllabus is varied, as are media used: charcoal, pastels, watercolours and more.
Classes are very well organised by class leader, Rene, with all materials provided/set up on arrival.
Amazing teacher, Erica, gives clear demonstrations, help and lots of encouragement. Lessons are challenging and well structured with 2-3 activities in each.
I now observe more carefully and actually see perspective, colour, tone etc.. An excellent opportunity to see the work of other, more experienced, students in an atmosphere that is sociable, supportive and productive. Thoroughly recommend!
Carole Dixon - - #16234
Well I was very nervous when I first started this course as a beginner , some 3 years ago !!!. i am still going 8 terms later. The teachers are first rate .I have learnt o much. Rene runs the class and keeps it going by clockwork. I have met many friend through this course and we meet up socially. It took oe lesson before we all loved learning and laughing at ourselves too. I wish i could put 1st lesson pics up and then show you all what I can do now. !!
Do come along and look ,everyone is so kind .
Alexandra Hawkins - - #16229
I have joined 4 so called art classes in the past but learnt very little. Wish I had known about ColourWheel 3 years ago? I joined this art class 2 years ago with my friend Marilyn. I am being taught so much? I am here to stay!!!
Brenda Stafford - - #16216
This course is just so much fun! Yes, you learn lots and lots of things, different ideas, different techniques, different ways of creating a disaster and then the thrill of actually producing something really worthwhile that you never thought you were capable of doing. But above all it's the course organisers, Rene and Erica who make it all jell together, for their patience and understanding and creating an atmosphere that makes it such a pleasure to attend each week.
Bridget Hughes - - #16173
These Colourwheel classes are value for money. They are well structured and organised to provide instruction in the use of differing media (which is provided). The course material and notes are emailed in advance of your weekly 3 hour lessons by Rene.
Erica who is a qualified and experienced teacher demonstrates the various techniques for the media and subject, then moves round the class assisting and encouraging the less proficient.
The friendly atmosphere can go from vibrant to silent concentration in minutes and is a haven from the outside world. Excellent venue and easy parking.
Mark May - - #16171
I absolutely love these classes. This is my third term. Erica and Rene are fantastic - everything is organised and provided, so that all we do as students is turn up and get on with the fun part. Erica's teaching skills are second to none, as she breaks things down into bite sized chunks, so that sometimes when faced with what seems impossible or beyond your capability, you really ARE amazed at what you can achieve. These classes are not only enjoyable, but actually give me three hours where I am completely absorbed, and switch off from the world. Bliss! Thanks Rene and Erica!
Michelle - - #16165
I have just completed my third term at Windsor, it is amazing! I have always loved art since I was at school and had been looking for a class I could join for some time. I trialled a class last May and thoroughly enjoyed it and signed up and have not looked back since.
It is my 3 hour respite each week, down time from a hectic job the rest of the week. The quality of the teaching is excellent and each week a different and exciting project is taught which is interesting, challenging and hugely enjoyable. We have used Indian inks, Watercolours, Pastels, Acrylics, Life Drawing and most recently Lino printing.
Both Rene and Erica are fantastic teachers, who encourage and inspire each week. Both classes are taught in a lovely setting which are easily accessed with plenty of parking and everything we need for the class is provided.
I highly recommend this course and look forward to returning next term!
Joanne Tunnicliffe - - #16160
You will not find a better course to teach you such a broad spectrum. Very professionally run and managed. Gets booked up very quickly!
Linda - - #16159
Just an enjoyable course. I have learnt so much and tried drawings/paintings I never thought I could manage. I keep coming back to learn more. Everything is provided and the tution is excellent plus being with friendly like minded people.
Marie - - #16155
I am about to complete my first term. I have already signed up for the next one! I am a beginner with a scientific brain and imagined I had no artistic talent. Erica and Rene bring out the very best in their pupils. The teaching is excellent and everytime I think I cannot complete a project I surprise myself. It is definitely possible to learn a new skill. The environment is fun and relaxing and I am totally absorbed throughout the lesson. A great way to switch off . I would highly recommend giving these classes a try. Everything is provided and you learn various techniques with different mediums. It has truly opened up a new world for me.
Keya - - #16152
4 courses ago, never having been anywhere near Art at school, I signed up to Colour Wheel. Every lesson we try out different media and approach different subjects on a termly basis. All the participants are friendly and the tutors, Rene and Erica, most helpful. It has been a pleasure to turn up on a Thursday morning, welcomed by newly made friends, to have 3 hours of me time, ignoring what is going on in the outside world, to take home a piece of artwork I never would have believed possible at the beginning of each session.
Diana Moss - - #16151
Love these sessions. I started last term and absolutely recommend to anyone who fancies having a go at art techniques without the fear of being judged.
Each week, there is so much to learn in a supportive and fun environment. The three hours just fly - and I come away feeling relaxed and wishing I could return for the afternoon. Organization and tuition are superb - a very, very satisfied customer. Thank you Rene and Erika .
Jill Webb-Morris - - #16149
I started as a true beginner who had done no practical art since leaving school and very little even then. Nevertheless, I have always loved works of art in a number of forms and felt it was time I discovered just how untalented I really was. (I do so hate talented people!) I quickly discovered that under the excellent guidance of the ColourWheel teachers that it is possible - almost - to make a silk purse out of a sows ear! The skills shown and acquired were remarkable in such a short time and it was most rewarding to take work home that was appreciated (at least by my 3 year old grand daughter!) I can strongly recommend the course. You will learn a lot of techniques and you will also enjoy the company of other mature students and the very pleasant teaching staff. Importantly, the classes are all held in charming locations with plenty of car parking.
Finlay Maclean - - #16148
Brilliant course. I have enjoyed learning new medias. Every week we touch on a different media to broaden our knowledge. All materials are supplied for us to use. We have used: Pencils, coloured pencils, watercolour pencils, pastels both soft and oil, ink to paint with and to mark make with pens, acrylics, watercolour paints. We have covered a wide range of subjects: landscapes, portraits, life drawings, still life, nature and street scenes to mention only a few.
I have improved my technique while among fun friendly people. the teaching is superb. its been worth every penny.
Maxine Walburn - - #16140
Great art classes - I have done 3 terms in Windsor, and have now moved over to Maidenhead. These classes are really inspiring, and I have made so much progress. It is my 'me time' and I love it! In fact I loved the classes so much that I have recently taken on the franchise for ColourWheel in Reading and I am now running my own classes there. I have continued to attend ColourWeel classes in Maidenhead as a student because I enjoy them so much.
Vivienne Abbott - - #16132
I began as a true beginner & am now on my 5th course with Colourwheel. I am enjoying every second! We have a lovely tutor, organiser & group of people. I am learning so much from all of them.
The quality of teaching is excellent & the range of projects are challenging, interesting & fun.
The classes are in a beautiful setting & everything you need is provided & more!!
I highly recommend this course. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
Stevie CAMPBELL - - #16131
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