'Fundamental Art Skills' 10-week live online zoom course for beginners

Raya Brown is teaching Pastels to beginners


Interactive online 'Fundamental Art Skills for beginners' zoom Art course with artist Raya Brown. (Level 2)

Every Thursday 6pm-9pm for 10 weeks, starting Thursday 7th of April.
This is a unique opportunity for Art and Craft lovers and beginners with some experience in Art and Craft, to receive a proper Art education in the traditional methods by a professional artist and tutor Raya Brown.

Raya’s teaching is based on classical Art education with emphasis on the importance of developing solid traditional foundation skills in drawing and painting.

This course will assist you to take your Art and Craft projects to the next level and gain confidence in developing your own ideas and artistic style.

The course will include:

- Building strong basis of drawing skills and techniques
- Exploring line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern and colour
- Developing knowledge of composition, proportions and perspective
- Developing creativity and artistic vision
- Studying famous works of Art

Students will study the following subjects during the the course:

- Animal drawing and painting
- Animal portraits
- Still Life drawing
- Drawing of natural forms
- Basics of Linear perspective

You are welcome to watch the video of the exhibition of Raya's students' work who attended this course on Youtube. The exhibition celebrating the achievement of the students in the above course took place at Kidderminster Library.

This is a great chance for everyone to observe professional artist’s demonstrations, ask questions and socialise with like-minded people. You will be working along with Raya during our zoom sessions, participate in our Art discussions and receive structured feedback on your artwork. This is an ideal course for people who have a busy schedule during the daytime.

You will receive plenty of individual help being guided and inspired by a professional Artist and Tutor Raya Brown. Small groups of learners and clear step-by-step instructions are guaranteed. Visual resources and recordings of online classes will be provided.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

recordings of each class available
professional artist's demonstrations
small groups of students
lots of individual help and guidance
power point presentations
inspirational images for work provided

What you will need

The full list of materials will be emailed to you


Raya Brown at Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Wheelchair users


10 weeks (6:00pm to 9:00pm)

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In-person course
Maria - - #36414

Raya is an outstanding teacher and a very talented artist. Her unique teaching techniques, patience and encouragement helped me to learn the basics of watercolour painting. Raya's watercolour classes opened a amazing world of watercolour painting for me with numerous colour nuances, textures and effects. Thanks to Raya's classes I fell in love with watercolour painting and look forward to every art class with Raya. I highly recommend Raya's watercolour courses.

Live online course
Dinah - - #36283

I have just completed a 10 week online course on Foundation Art Level 1 with Raya Brown and thoroughly enjoyed it. Having done very little art work since my schooldays many years ago, I started to do some from a ‘teach yourself how to draw book’ during Lockdown and got the bug to do more. A friend recommended Raya’s courses so I signed up. It was a very absorbing course, hard work at times but I learnt a great deal and didn’t notice the time fly in the process. We covered lots of basic things from artistic techniques to the use of different materials and some art history too. Raya is an encouraging and enthusiastic teacher, she provides opportunities for all abilities to stretch themselves and she’s always cheerful and kind. How do you manage to keep up such positivity and patience Raya?! Without any reservation I highly recommend her courses.
Dinah H

Live online course
Michelle - - #36223

Thank you so much for your fantastic teaching skills Raya. I could never have imagined I could do the portraits I’ve done without your patience, guidance and support. I Am looking forward to continuing to learn with your guidance.


Live online course
Ali - - #36216

Dear Raya,

I also want to thank you for your wonderful teaching. I cant quite believe how much confidence you have given me to have a go such an advancement from my very rudimentary art experience. I am really looking forward to your next course and to learning more.


Live online course
Ros - - #36203

The amazing thing about Raya's classes is that each time she presents a new piece of work, I think 'There's no way I can do that". But by the end of the class, with her great guidance and explanations of how to execute it, I have produced a piece of work I am really happy with. I really recommend her classes.

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Ros,
Thank you very much for your review.
I am so glad that my tuition helps you to produce some lovely art work.
I look forward to seeing you at my art courses in the new year.

Best wishes


Live online course
John - - #36132

Many thanks for being such a great teacher and for your support, encouragement and constructive feedback; I enjoyed the course and think my work developed above my own expectations.
I look forward to my next course with you.

Kind regards,


Live online course
Hazel - - #36096

I can’t believe we are coming to the end of this course. The time goes by so quickly and, once again, we have learned so much. You really are a brilliant teacher!

I look forward to the next Level Landscape course with you, Raya.

In-person course
Rosalind - - #35998

Fantastic course with a talented artist and an expert art tutor Raya Brown.
I highly recommend Raya's watercolour course. It is very enjoyable, informative and creative! I look forward to more art courses with Raya Brown.

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Rosalind,
I am touched by your review. Thank you very much.
I am so happy that you enjoy my courses. I look forward to seeing you soon at our next art course.

Best wishes


In-person course
Maria - - #35327

One of the best art courses I have done! Raya is a great tutor as well as an inspirational artist. She explained everything so well and following her structured expert tuition I managed to understand some watercolour techniques - wet-in-wet and wet on dry. I am beginning to feel more confident using watercolour . I have produced some landscapes and floral paintings that I am very pleased with. I am looking forward to continuing my watercolour studies with Raya. Highly recommend her course.

Live online course
Libby - - #35110

I would like to thank you for a really interesting and a course full of colour magic. You certainly have made me start looking at things with colour in mind instead of just ‘black and white’ so to speak.


Live online course
Brian Hill - - #34817

I really enjoyed this beginners course on-line zoom course by Raya. I was a little unsure what to expect as I have never been on Zoom before to learn art. Raya reassured me with her skills and techniques which made my confidence grow week by week. I was never even comfortable using a computer never mind trying to learn art online. Raya's teaching techniques via Zoom were brilliant and it helped me gain confidence around using my laptop and learning the basics of drawing. The course was amazing and it helped me to find the inner artist within myself. Using Raya's expertise I gained knowledge of traditional foundation skills in drawing.

Thanks Raya....

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Brian,

Thank you very much for your review.
I am glad that you found my Zoom art course helpful and encouraging. I am delighted that it gave you a good start in learning Art and I hope you will continue developing your skills further. You have produced some very good art work. Keep on practicing art! Look forward to seeing you again at our next online zoom art course.


Live online course
Lucinda - - #34676

Dear Raya,

Thank you so much for the excellent art course which taught me the basics of Art. I gained a lot more confidence to draw from observation and my art skills definitely improved. I am so grateful for your expert guidance, inspiration and support. Also thank you for the detailed feedback which helped me to develop my skills. I am looking forward to the next art courses with you. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn how to draw but does not know where to start.


Live online course
Karen - - #34652

I really enjoyed the online landscape course. It was always my dream to learn the art of landscape. Raya's course allowed me to learn landscape painting and drawing in depth. I especially enjoyed learning mixed media techniques and observational drawings of trees. I created a final piece a landscape which was an unique work. Raya's guidance helped me to work on it's composition and develop my own artistic style. Now my picture is hanging on my living room wall and I'm really proud of it. Thank you Raya...

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Karen,
Thank you very much for your comments. I am delighted that you enjoyed my Landscape art course and it helped you to realize your dream. You have learned a lot and produced a beautiful final piece- a Landscape. Well done! Look forward to seeing you again at my art and craft courses.

Live online course
Hanna - - #34527

I am very happy that I found Fantastic course “Fundamental Art Skills' 10-week live online zoom course for absolute beginners”
This is course created by highly professional and very talented art teacher Raya Brown.
It’s detailed and very informative. I’ve learnt a lot from it.
It's easy to follow, and you get to join a very friendly community!

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Hanna

Thank you so much for your review. I am delighted that you enjoyed the course and found it informative and friendly! It was great teaching you and I hope to see you soon at my next courses.


Live online course
Lynne - - #34525

I want to thank you for all you have taught me in the last two courses. Thank you for your humour, your patience and your diligence in getting the best out of me.

I look forward to doing more courses with you in the future.


Live online course
sally - - #34459

Raya is a top-notch art teacher and her classes have a good blend of theory and practice. I am on my third online course with her and have made incredible progress, thanks to her teaching, encouragement and patience.

Live online course
Soniya - - #33900

What a fantastic online course ! I loved it so much. I has discovered my passion - painting with soft pastels! It is such an enjoyable, vibrant medium and very forgiving! Raya gave us a great introduction into various pastel techniques and guided us through exploration of different pastel papers and types of pastels. It was great fun as well as informative learning experience! I have created some beautiful landscapes and floral compositions as well as animal portraits with pastels! I can't wait to do more courses with Raya. Thank you so much!

In-person course
Andrew Hill - - #33170

Brilliant watercolour course and I have enjoyed Raya's passion and energy. She is very talented and has given me new skills to continue my art journey. I feel more confident now after attending Raya's water colour course at her Magic Wool Studio and I will recommend her art courses to my friends.

Thanks for all your support.....

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Andrew,

Thank you very much for your review.
I am so glad that my watercolour course has helped you improve your painting skills and gave you more confidence . You have produced some lovely watercolours. I wish you very success with your next watercolour projects.
Please, keep in touch and come to my studio to show us your future artwork.

Live online course
Linda - - #33076

Raya is an inspiring tutor. Great group dynamics and looking forward to the follow on. I can't wait! Thank you Raya for your enthusiasm and teaching.


Live online course
John - - #32980

You are doing a great job Raya!

I have been enjoying your interactive online Portrait art courses.

Your classes are fun and interesting but also offer a path to challenge and improve upon our existing abilities and experience levels.

I have learnt a lot about art history, anatomy and various techniques and improved my drawing skills a lot.
Thank you for your valuable feedback every lesson which helped me progress much faster.

I would recommend your art classes to anyone.

Thank you!

Live online course
Michelle - - #32582

I attended Raya's excellent Introduction to Portrait Course online. While I had done some painting, I didn't have a lot of drawing experience. Raya patiently & expertly taught us to use pencils, charcoal, pastels and more. I learnt so much about drawing, proportions, capturing expression and tonality. A fantastic course with a great teacher, would happily recommend it and I've signed up for the intermediate course now. Can't wait!

Live online course
Mags - - #32566

Best thing I’ve done Raya Brown! So grateful for your tuition, encouragement and guidance. Can’t wait for the next course. Many thanks and gratitude.


Live online course
Kate - - #32531

I have not long finished the online Introduction to Portraiture course with Raya and I have thoroughly enjoyed the classes. Raya is the most wonderful teacher; the classes are well organised and Raya is so patient and encouraging. I've tried lots of mediums from charcoal to pastels in this course and it's increased my confidence no end. I can't wait to start the intermediate class!

Live online course
Gill - - #32513

Thank you Raya for reigniting my love of portraiture and drawing. Your help and encouragement enabled me to look at various areas of a portrait with fresh eyes, to concentrate and continue exploring the human face. I am very grateful to you.

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Gill,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am so happy that my course inspired you and helped to resume drawing, especially drawing portraits. It opened up new avenues for exploring the portraiture for you and gave you new ideas. I wish you very success in exploring Portrait further and I hope to see you again at the interactive online Intermediate Level Portrait course in April.


Live online course
Tony - - #32494

Have just finished the Introduction to Portraits course online. I can say that Raya is a truly inspirational tutor! - she encourages you all the way and is also good making constructive comments to improve your drawing. The course also gave me a lot of new experiences using charcoal, chalk pastels, pencils & crayons. I was also impressed with the way that she arranged the sessions on Zoom - clear demonstrations, clear guidance and great recordings to go over techniques etc. I will definitely start some sketching and visit some portrait galleries after lockdown. You never stop learning

Live online course
Christine - - #32454

Definitely recommend Raya's classes both on line and in her studio. I have just completed the online Introduction to Portrait course and enrolled onto the Intermediate level Portrait course. I have learnt such a lot from the courses I have done. Her classes are well prepared and her feedback constructive. She has a wonderful ability both in her teaching and encouraging you to try. Looking forward to the next online Portrait course starting in April.

Craft kit
Nicole Molyneux - - #32178

Had a wonderful time making our wool paintings, Raya is a great teacher who explains each step of the process clearly and creates a relaxed atmosphere for the course. It was alot of fun and the results were quite impressive for absolute beginners!

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Nicole,

Thank you so much for your review.
I am very pleased that you enjoyed the course and produced a lovely wool painting.

Good luck with your future art and craft projects .
Please keep in touch and I hope to see you at my other art and craft courses in the future.


Craft kit
Lucy Mcgill - - #32140

The kit for the sunset painting in wool course is excellent - full of everything you need with really easy instructions and everything ready to go with the tutors excellent instruction. So good I've signed up for another. definitely recommend this!

Live online course
Tracey - - #32097

Fantastic course with a really talented teacher who is extremely clever at getting the best from her students. I took the first course and have not looked back! If you think you can't draw and paint let Raya prove you wrong...she did me

Craft kit
Janet - - #32051

What a great kit. I really enjoyed using it at Raya's online wool painting course with live tuition. There were so many colourful fibres, a lovely frame and instructions with photographs that made it inspirational, easy and enjoyable to learn a new art and craft of wool painting. Thank you very much Raya. I am going to order another wool painting kit from you to give it to my mother for Mother's day.

Live online course
Mary - - #31854

Such wonderful 10 weeks! This is great course for absolute beginners who would like to learn how to draw. I feel that my skills advanced every week. The course touches on Art history, Art theory with a strong emphasis on practical skills. Well structured classes with expert tuition by artist Raya Brown. Thank you. I would recommend the course to every beginner in Art.

Live online course
Derrick - - #31822

I attended the online Watercolour Christmas Card session ran by Raya Brown of the Magic Wool Studios. It was a really enjoyable day. A lovely group of people, Raya is a wonderful teacher. I think I might finally be getting to grips with watercolour.

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Thank you very much for your review.
I am so glad you enjoyed the course. So happy that you are feeling a lot more confident with watercolours.



Live online course
Phil - - #31821

Fundamental Art Skill course was very enjoyable and informative. I gained strong foundation skills in drawing and using different materials. The course covered many areas - starting from simple forms to flowers and landscapes and I am so proud of my art work that I produced. Raya is a very helpful tutor who gave us very useful feedback on every piece of art work we produced, inspired and encouraged us. Her Powerpoint presentations included in the course helped to develop our understanding of art and broadened our horizons on artists' work. I would recommend this course to any beginner in Art.

Live online course
Zoe Palmer - - #31805

Really enjoyable day . I learned loads of new skills which I will be able to use again and again. Would thoroughly recommended

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Zoe,
Thank you very much for your review.
I am so pleased that you enjoyed the course and it helped you learn new skills.
Your Watercolour Christmas card looks lovely.
I wish you a lot more successful art projects .
I hope to see you again at my Art and Craft courses in the new year.


Live online course
Dariya - - #31782

Dear Raya,
Thank you for a great online zoom art course. I was absolute beginner in Art and had no confidence. Your Fundamental Art Skill course helped me learn basics of art and get a great foundation for developing my art skills further. I am not more confident to create my own work and have good knowledge using coloured pencils, pastels and drawing pencils. I loved working from direct observation and now continuing drawing from real life. (You will be happy to know). Thank you very much again. I would recommend this course for complete beginners in Art.

Live online course
Clare - - #31767

The Fundamental art skills was an excellent course. Raya is a lovely, encouraging teacher.

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Clare,
Thank you very much for your review.
I am so glad that you enjoyed my course and it helped you develop your Art skills.

Good luck with your future Art projects.


Live online course
Clare - - #31766

I found the10 week introduction to portrait course on Zoom helped me develop my skills and built my confidence. Raya is very encouraging and a lovely teacher.

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Clare,
Thank you very much for your review.
I am so glad that you enjoyed my course.
Look forward to seeing you again at my courses in the future.


Craft kit
Sandra - - #31740

Another fabulous Zoom class with Raya . Having done an earlier one, I was so pleased with it i decided to book another very quickly.

Raya is a really good tutor and she explains and shows every step very clearly. The kits come well packed and secure and with full pictures and instructions

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Sandra,

Thank you so much for your review.
It has been a pleasure teaching you and I am so glad are enjoy exploring the the wool painting technique.

Your wool fibre picture of Sunset is beautiful . Well done!

Best wishes


Live online course
Deborah - - #31720

I've just completed a 10 week online Portrait class ran via Zoom by Raya Brown. I've always wanted to be able to draw portraits, so I was very excited to join the class. The session via Zoom were very well prepared, we could see live demonstrations from Raya over Zoom and relate easily with other class members. It was a really good experience. The classes themselves were totally absorbing, we learnt skills and techniques in drawing portraits using pencils, chalks, charcoal and fine liner. It was great fun.

Raya will be running an intermediate Portrait drawing class soon which I joined. I would fully recommend all of her classes, the online classes and the face to face classes in her studio.

Craft kit
Alexandra - - #31643

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed using the'Sunset' wool painting kit and learning a new skill of painting with wool fibres! The kits was carefully packed and contained lots of colourful and soft merino wool fibers as well as silks, fabric and a lovely frame.

I discovered a new way of using fibres! I also attended the zoom interactive Sunset wool painting course which helped me to use the kit and inspired me to create more beautiful 'wool watercolours'. The experienced tutor Raya Brown took us through each stage of wool painting patiently explaining and demonstration the technique and helping every student. Thank you very much, Raya, for your kit and lovely online course. I look forward to the next wool painting course with you.

Craft kit
Fiona - - #31614

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you so much for your virtual Poppy Field wool painting tuition today. We have used the above kit that you carefully packed and posted to us which had more than enough materials to make a wool painting.

I can safely say this therapeutic workshop was very much enjoyed and I believe the ladies, not least of all me, were very impressed by what they could craft. The age range was 86 years old to 10 years old and I have received really positive feedback about your delivery; you were enthusiastic, didn’t rush, warm and engaging – so it’s a big thank you from Blesma Outreach NI.

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Fiona,
Thank you so much for your review.
I am so glad that the wives of the war veterans and their relatives enjoyed this course. I really wanted to make it special as it was dedicated to Remembrance Day.
I feel honoured to be chosen to work with such wonderful people.

Thank you.

Craft kit
Sandra johnston - - #31446

I had my class with Raya today, making the Field with Poppies picture and I am so pleased with it. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Raya on Zoom and it was a really nice experience. Raya was so good at her tuition and explanations and demonstrations of all the techniques all through the class. It has made my day today, and I will aim to do more classes with Raya

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Sandra,
Thank you very much for your review.
It was lovely teaching you and I am so pleased that you enjoyed learning the wool painting technique. You wool fibre picture looks lovely!
It is also great that you are feeling more confident and comfortable attending online classes by zoom.
Look forward to seeing you again at one of my courses .
Best wishes



Live online course
Alex - - #31371

I am looking forward to doing this course and developing my skills and knowledge in the Portraiture genre further.
Honestly. Try this I did the beginners class and it was wonderful. Great teaching, lovely people and an oasis from the groundhog day of COVID! You don’t need to be local since it’s zoom, and I would have said a year or two ago that I can’t draw.

Thank you Raya Brown

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Alex,

Thank you for your lovely words.
I am so happy that you enjoyed the Portrait course. I am pleased that you are going to continue learning how to draw beautiful portraits with me and my students via zoom. I will see you on 29th of October. Best wishes. Raya

Craft kit
Sarah - - #31406

I'm delighted with the wool painting kit, it arrived safely, well packed and looking just like the description. I know my sister in law will enjoy making it and I would certainly order again

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Sarah,

Thank you very much for your review.
I am glad that the kit arrived safely.
I hope your sister in law will enjoy making a wool painting. I look forward to hearing from her and seeing a photo of her 'Poppy field' wool fibre picture.

Craft kit
Annie - - #31101

What a fantastic art and craft of wool painting! I have learnt a new skill using this amazing kit and attending Raya's zoom course (virtually). I am totally addicted to this therapeutic technique working with natural soft merino wool fibres! I would recommend this course and kit to everyone! What a great way to relax and crate a beautiful wool fibre picture. Thank you Raya. I will see you soon at your 'Sunset' wool painting zoom course.

Craft kit
Sheila - - #30990

I received the poppy field wool painting kit with all the beautiful merino wool and silk colours. The illustrations and photographs were easy to follow in a sequence of stages. I attended Raya's online interactive Zoom course where Raya supported me by using her techniques creating a lovely colourful picture. I found it really easy as Raya took me through step by step instructions and guidance how to create a poppy field wool painting. I was amazed how much detail and colour you can get using different fibres. I completed the picture on the same day and I was delighted I was going home with a picture that I had created. I will give this picture to my sister for her birthday as she has recently had a new large kitchen fitted with loads of light shinning through showing off the colours of the poppy field wool painting.

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Sheila,
Thank you very much for your comments.
It was lovely meeting you virtually via zoom and teaching you. I am delighted that you liked my online Poppy Field wool painting course and the kit. I hope your sister will enjoy your beautiful wool painting of the poppy field. Regards,


Live online course
Catherine Cape - - #30847

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Craft kit
jayne wood - - #30764

The service was excellent, my order came within two days. I brought the wool painting art kit for a family member as a gift, I'm sure they will love it when they open it.
The website is really good there are so many courses I would love to try, when things get back to normal.

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Jane,
Thank you very much for your review.
I am so glad that the kit arrived safely.
Here at Magic Wool Art and Craft studio we do our best to keep our customers happy and help them learn new skills.

I hope that your family member will enjoy using the kit.
Craft courses offer a great range of courses and I am sure you will like them.

Kind regards

Raya Brown

Craft kit
Kate Smith - - #30447

My husband bought the Sunset In Wool Painting Kit which I did online over the weekend. What a fantastic present creating this picture online with Raya's. It was so therapeutic, relaxing and having a great time with people I haven't met before. I lacked confidence in the very beginning but as the day went on I became confident using Raya's unique teaching methods. I would recommend this course to anyone and I have mentioned this to my sister as she is a keen on Arts and Crafts.

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Kate,
Thank you very much for leaving the review.
I am so glad that you found the kit really useful and enjoyed my therapeutic online wool painting course.

Look forward to seeing you again soon at the next wool painting course with live tuition.

Raya Brown

Live online course
John Evans - - #30212

I have greatly enjoyed attending four of Raya's courses through remote Zoom sessions and in-situ lessons: Fundamental Art Skills; Birds and Natural Form; Fun with Watercolour and Introduction to Portrait. I feel my art skill level and confidence has grown under Raya's expert tutelage; I have produced work that I would not have imagined I would have been capable of before I joined Raya's classes.
Raya is an experienced artist and art teacher; she has an intuitive ability to see exactly what needs to be done to improve; she delivers expert practical demonstrations and gives helpful and invaluable advice in a gentle and encouraging manner. She consistently exudes positivity, enthusiasm and encouragement for all of her students. I look forward to joining future courses with Raya.

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear John

Thank you so much for your review.
I am so pleased that you are enjoying my courses and you have made a fantastic progress during my courses.

Look forward to teaching you on Monday.

Best wishes


Live online course
Neil - - #30121

I have attended Raya's online live tuition Watercolour Course and I have enjoyed every moment of jokes and laughs with the online Zoom. Raya is an amazing teacher and she has encouraged and supported me every week to become confident using watercolours and finding my inner artist. I have produced some experimental watercolours following Raya's clear online demonstrations and learnt different watercolour techniques and styles of work. Online tuition allows me to interact with different people in my own home without having to drive and rush around to get to Raya's workshop during peak traffic times. I would like to say thanks to Raya and I would recommend this course to anyone.

Live online course
Alex - - #30112

I very much enjoyed this course and I think its relaxed nature has helped me to develop my skills in watercolour painting.

I must say that I much prefer classes via Zoom. I feel as though I get more out of them. I would much prefer classes over Zoom even without the pandemic. I think, Raya, you have developed a great teaching method using Zoom. As you heard in all of our classes, we all very much enjoy your online classes. So, I am hoping they will stay.

I’d like another watercolour class. The 5 week stretch was nice, it gives us a bit of break in the middle, but I would be happy to join a 10 week class too.

Thank you very much!

In-person course
Ann - - #29983

Inspirational course with expert tuition. I have progressed so much during this course and feel a lot more confident in use of watercolours. Thank you Raya, for your help and guidance and generous share of your expertise with us. Look forward to doing the Advanced watercolour course with you. Also I have enjoyed some online interactive art classes via zoo with Raya which I totally recommend.

In-person course
Rachel - - #25255

I am currently attending the Watercolour course for complete beginners at Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio and I am enjoying it enormously. I am so lucky to have found such a great tutor, Raya Brown, who is knowledgeable, patient and helpful. She is also a very talented watercolour artist who inspires us with her work.

Raya teaches us the very basics of watercolour and guides us through various techniques, materials and methods of painting. We also improve our drawing skills which help us to succeed with learning watercolour. So far I have produced a painting of poppy fields, a landscape with a sunset using wet-in -wet technique and some paintings and drawings of fruit. I am very pleased with my results. Thank you very much Raya!

In-person course
Tracey - - #22522

Raya created a course which was pitched perfectly! There are always going to be students at different levels whatever the subject and setting the course to ensure they all get the tutoring, encouragement and help they need is a balancing act.
Our class was a mixture of absolute beginners, some who had dabbled like myself but not had formal teaching, and some who had attended courses elsewhere previously. I think the pace was adapted with care to allow for more/less teaching on subjects dependent upon the understanding of each student, but without having a detrimental effect on any one student's progress.

I believe Raya achieved the course she had planned so carefully. She ensured everyone obtained the foundation of drawing, seeing and looking and from the groundwork we can all continue.
Thank you Raya!

In-person course
Sheila - - #21406

Raya Brown is a inspirational teacher and a talented Artist. I just can not believe how far I have come in just a few weeks. I just love coming to her classes each week. She takes you from the basics of drawing through to using layers of colour to create tone when drawing from life. I feel as if she has made my life so much more interesting than it ever was. Thank you Raya.

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Jen - - #21386

Raya has all the best qualities as a tutor and a person. This course has been magically put together with the skills Raya will pass onto you all coming together towards the end. You will be surprised how much you have learnt in such a short space of time. Raya's method of teaching is fun and relaxed yet structured and I have nothing but admiration for her obvious skills as an artist of many years and her warmth as a person. Many thanks Raya

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Dana Broad - - #20963

I can not believe how far I have come in just a few weeks. Raya Brown not only is a brilliant tutor she is a talented Artist in her own right. I feel really lucky in coming across this fabulous Magic Wool Art and Craft studio in Worcestershire!

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Mary - - #20875

I have been taking part in this course...Raya Brown is a fantastically encouraging, informative and knowledgeable tutor who knows how to teach! I had dabbled with watercolour and thought perhaps it might be too basic, but I could not have been more wrong!! The first lesson gave me a real appreciation for "how to draw with a pencil" and since then we have used many mediums including pastels, charcoal, coloured pencils and next week watercolour. I realise how much I DID NOT KNOW!! I have learnt so much and the process has been enjoyable not a chore. I have even enjoyed doing my homework!!!
If you at all interested in art take the opportunity to take part in this course you will not be disappointed !
Well done Raya Brown...I will be sad when the course finishes but looking forward to perhaps a summer school, landscape week and oooh painting/drawing holidays!!!

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Coralie - - #20623

I’ve had such a fantastic time on the Fundamental Art Skills course and recommend to anyone who loves to draw but perhaps missed out on learning the basic skills. I really look forward to Raya’s class each week: she is a fantastic teacher; always encouraging, patient and inspiring. Thank you so so much. 💖

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Sue - - #20174

If you are interested in art and want to try it for yourself I cannot recommend this course highly enough! Raya Brown is knowledgeable, encouraging and a brilliant, intuitive teacher. I have learnt so much in just 7 weeks and another 7 to go....you learn the basics and although some may find that tedious there is no way you can draw or paint anything believable without it. Spheres to mugs, tin cans to flowers they may seem random but they teach you to really SEE shapes! Colours will never look the same again and green will never just be green! I am hoping Raya will do a further course to continue building on our skills and perhaps even special courses such as landscapes, flowers or animals. I am addicted to drawing Thanks to Raya Brown

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Chris - - #19426

I am currently attending the Fundamental Art Course with Raya Brown. She is so encouraging and has a great deal of patience! She explains techniques in an easily understood manner and makes each lesson a pleasure...you leave feeling a sense of achievement and looking forward to the next one! Practice at home is now addictive for me! I have also been to several Wool Painting workshops with Raya Brown and these have been fantastic also....a new hobby! Continue doing what you are doing Raya Brown!

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Mrs Lott - - #19154

First lesson today! So excited! Started Fundamental Art Skills Course with Raya.......who knew there was so much to know about art equipment!? Who knew you could make so many different marks with a pencil showing movement, anger, passion, sensitivity, form, tone, etc? I will never call a pencil “just a pencil” again!
This is the information everyone should be taught when beginning an art course .....so why have I never been shown?
My favourite part of the lesson was releasing my “inner child” to enjoy and be free on paper!
Bring on lesson TWO, but in the meantime for just a few minutes every day I will make lines……...😀

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Teresa - - #19103

Thank you for an enjoyable first art class and welcoming us so warmly into your home. I thought your teaching was excellent and pitched perfectly. You gave us confidence to “have a go”. A lovely atmosphere with a lovely group of people.

I look forward to seeing you next week.

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Jill - - #18440

Raya is a knowledgeable tutor who is incredibly generous with her time and attention. Her encouraging and enthusiastic style of teaching is inspiring. Raya gives clear step-by-step instructions to help every beginner to progress at their own pace and enjoy their learning experience. I would recommend this course to every beginner.

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Aleks - - #17763

This is such a great idea! Fantastic assistance course for Art and Craft enthusiasts! Raya is a very knowledgeable, patient and helpful Tutor. She gives clear step by step instructions and her teaching to tailored to individual student's needs. Her traditional approach to teaching is an asset to the British Art Education System. I highly recommend this course to everyone who would like to study Art in-depth.


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TRACEY LOTT - - #17397

WOW! What a fantastic day! Wool Painting…...something I had never come across and which was neither painting on wool or felting!! A wonderful day with Raya learning how to paint with fibres. Initially intrigued by the idea of painting wool I soon realised it was far more. We brought together beautiful coloured wool and silk fibres to “paint” a picture. A relaxing, therapeutic and all immersing craft which produces the effect of watercolour without paint. Raya was informative and knowledgeable with a real flare for imparting her gift to others. A lovely atmosphere resulting in creativity beyond our expectations leaving us desperate for more!

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Tracey,

Thank you so much for an amazing review! I am so happy that I managed to inspire you and pass on my love of working with natural fibres!

Good luck with your future wool paintings and other Art and Craft projects.


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Ruby - - #17058

Lovely day! Thank you so much, Raya. You are a very good teacher, generous with your time and expertise. I thought you were brilliant in dealing with different levels of experience in the group.
It was very impressive the way you managed to coach complete beginners to an excellent result. And it was all fun!

Thank you.


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Sue Green - - #15888

A totally different experience to the one I had anticipated but it was a thoroughly inspiring day with a knowledgeable teacher. I never imagined painting with wool fibres was possible. The finished paintings are truely amazing. A highly recommendable workshop.

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Sue
Thank you so much for a lovely review!
I do hope that you continue creating wool paintings and you are very welcome to the Magic Wool Studio again to join another course.

Best wishes


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Jill Bell - - #15136

What a treat last Sunday's workshop was. I am so happy with what I achieved! My wool painting of poppy fields looks so professional. I am taking it to my daughter who lives in California to remind her of home. I know she will love it. I have already ordered some wool tops so I can continue this beautiful art form. Thank you for your inspiration, Raya

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Claire - - #14665

Thank you Raya for a wonderful day last Sunday, I really enjoyed the wool painting class, your tuition and guidance was first rate, whilst in a welcoming, relaxed and fun environment. I was so chuffed with my finished picture and learnt lots of new skills. I will definitely be booking another class in the future.

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Karen - - #13733

Fabulous day - very therapeutic process. Not what I was expecting at all!
Great teacher - patient and inspiring. We all finished our pictures and everyone overjoyed with the results. Our wool paintings all looked so different. We will invite Raya again to our group to teach us felt making. Looking forward to your next class, Raya. Thank you very much.

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Natalie - - #13001

I had an amazing day learning heaps of new techniques and crafting a wool painting I'm really proud of. Raya is friendly and helpful and oozes creative knowledge. I would recommend her classes to anyone.


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Laura - - #12506

A wonderful day: very generous facilitation from Raya and warmly inclusive experiential day with a finished piece or nearly finished to take home. Thank you so much.

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Kathie - - #11121

Thank you so much for today I absolutely loved
making my cottage and garden wool painting.
My new hobby! Hope to see you again soon.
Kathie xx

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Lesley - - #10802

A fantastic workshop! So clearly explained and well paced. Great advice given all through. It was so nice to have a finished item to be proud of to take home. I will definitely make another wool painting.


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Helen - - #10749

Did not know what to expect but Raya soon made everyone feel at home and we were quickly to work on our creations. Raya is an excellent teacher, engaging and encouraging and provides an excellent choice of wool and frames for use on the course. It was fascinating to see how the pictures evolved throughout the day and lovely to take something beautiful home as a memento. Highly recommended by someone who was a complete beginner!


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Wendy - - #10541

I enjoyed the day very much learning a new technique working with wool. It was very relaxing and inspiring. I am a complete beginner in wool painting and Raya took her time to show and explain every step. I had lots of support and encouragement and created a lovely wool painting which I am so proud of. I am definitely coming back for more workshops at Magic Wool Studio. Thank you, Raya.


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Janet - - #10073

I had a great day with Raya at her Magic Wool Studio. I have learnt a Magic Technique of creating a painting with wool fibres. I had never heard about wool painting before the course. I loved it. Raya inspired me so much to make more and more wool paintings. Fantastic experience. Would recommend it to anyone.


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Sam Grigg - - #9813

I attended a wool painting course with Raya Brown in Kidderminster. I really enjoyed exploring merino wool fibres and creating a fibre picture using Raya's methods and techniques. Raya as encouraging and made me, as a beginner, feel at ease. Raya is a practicing artist. Her lovely work was displayed in the studio and inspired me. I feel very proud of my wool painting that I created at course. I would definitely recommend this workshop to others.

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Karen Williams - - #9703

Wonderful workshop! I am so thrilled with the picture I created. Raya is marvelous teacher, so creative and inspiring. Karen

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Beth Hudson - - #9611

I have had a wonderful day! Raya is welcoming, warm and encouraging . With her guidance I managed to create a painting that I am so proud of. Thank you, Raya.

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Debbie - - #9088

Thoroughly enjoyable day. Friendly welcome, excellent tuition for a total novice with no previous art/craft experience + those with experience. Well structured, great pace. I am totally amazed by what can be created in such short time. Thank you!


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Alan Black - - #9045

I enjoyed the course and took away a wool painting I created. Raya is a professional artist who has gathered a wealth of skills working with wool and loves sharing her experience with her students. My wife couldn't believe what I had achieved on my first ever wool painting course using Raya's techniques. It has inspired my wife to book a wool painting workshop with her friend. I thought the course was very relaxing and I would recommend this course to anyone.

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John Horton - - #9041

A thoroughly absorbing workshop. I had never worked with wool before and I had not appreciated what a flexible medium it is. Using fibres in a creative landscape and blending the colours was both both exciting and refreshing with an amazing and colourful outcome. Raya’s patience and skill in demonstrating and teaching was much appreciated. Thank you. John.

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