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10- week Fundamental Art Skills online zoom course for complete beginners in Worcestershire

Art course for absolute beginners in Kidderminster

About the Course

Interactive online 'Fundamental Art Skills course for beginners' zoom Art course with artist Raya Brown.

Every Wednesday 10am-1pm for 10 weeks, starting Wednesday 27th of January.

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 unique opportunity for Art and Craft lovers, beginners, and people 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:

- Still Life drawing
- Floral studies
- Animal drawing
- Landscape drawing

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

- Small groups of students
- Detailed feedback from the artist
- Recordings of every art class provided
- Quality Art demonstrations
- Visual resources provided


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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Wheelchair users

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10 weeks (10:00am to 1:00pm)

Next available date

27th January 2021

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Live online tuition
- - #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

Live online tuition
- - #30847

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Live online tuition
- - #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 tuition
- - #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 tuition
- - #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
- - #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
- - #29147

So inspiring..very professional approach. Very talented tutor with so much to offer. I have attended fundamental art skills and 3 wool painting workshops. Raya is so encouraging..very patient and kind and you just want to keep attending more! I am continuing my artistic journey with watercolours next term. I can recommend these fantastic courses.

In-person course
- - #27252

Raya is a fantastic teacher. I went from an absolute beginner to her class and now feel confident to have a go at things, for a pleasing (not perfect!) result. Encouraging and relaxing. Thanks x

In-person course
- - #27158

What a fantastic course! I was a complete beginner at the start of it and did not believe I could learn how to draw. Thanks to Raya's amazing teaching techniques, encouragement and inspirational Art demonstrations I managed to achieve great results within 14 weeks! I am very proud of my work and I am going to continue learning Art at Raya's Art courses. I recommend this course to complete beginners. Thoroughly enjoyable, informative and inspiring. Thank you , Raya!

In-person course
- - #27051

I thought I couldn't draw. I have produced drawings that I am really proud of, and I am enthused to keep drawing. The fundamental art skills course has been a voyage of discovery, and Raya has been an excellent teacher. She is also a lovely person and I recommend her highly. Do this course!

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Rhiannon,

I am so glad that my course has helped you to discover that you could draw and you had an enjoyable learning journey. Good luck with your future Art and Craft projects and look forward to seeing you at Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio in 2020! Raya

In-person course
- - #27001

The fundamental art class was excellent. It has been very enjoyable and I have learnt so much. I didn't think I could draw, but with Raya's teaching I am enjoying learning and I can see progress in my work. Thank you Raya.

In-person course
- - #26988

This was a perfect course for a beginner like me and I can't believe how much I've learned. Raya is an excellent and very encouraging teacher. Thank you.

In-person course
- - #26969

Fantastic courses with a wonderful tutor! I cannot recommend Raya enough. I took her Fundamental Art Course and learnt so much, taking me from pencil drawings right through to watercolour. Do not worry if you have never picked up a pencil you will learn the basics upwards.


In-person course
- - #26662

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 studio!

Thank you Raya


In-person course
- - #25997

A thoroughly enjoyable course. As a beginner I received so much help. I was quite apprehensive before coming, but did not need to be. It was a great learning journey alongside other people, who were very creative and friendly. Raya is a delightful person, very supportive and a joy to be with. I would recommend this course to any beginner.


In-person course
- - #25481

Great course! I thoroughly enjoyed it! I am a complete beginner in art but I always wanted to learn how to draw. Raya has given me the confidence and strong knowledge of the basics of art, which I needed to realise my dream.
Thank you so much Raya. I would recommend this course to absolute beginners!

In-person course
- - #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
- - #23953

What a fantastic course! I feel so inspired by Raya's expert tuition. I have learnt so much within a short period of time- some watercolour techniques, how to compose the subject, how to sketch in the open air, etc. I feel a lot more confident using different materials and can create quick sketches as well as longer studies of landscapes! Thank you so much, Raya. I will be back for your watercolour course in September to advance my painting skills. Looking forward to it.


In-person course
- - #23308

Expert tuition with a very personal approach. I am fortunate to have found such a talented artist Raya Brown who is also an excellent tutor. Raya is inspirational, knowledgeable and patient. She gives us clear instructions and lots of encouragement. I recommend her art courses to anyone.
Thank you Raya for your hard work.

In-person course
- - #22683

Thank you so much Raya for an excellent course. I feel that I have learnt so much and I gained confidence to start painting at home. I will definitely recommend Raya's courses to anyone. Her expert tuition would benefit anyone from a complete beginner to an experienced artist. Raya is a talented Artist and very generous with her professional advice and expert guidance.

In-person course
- - #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
- - #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.

In-person course
- - #21407

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.

In-person course
- - #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

In-person course
- - #20975

What a fantastic experience wet felting with a talented Artist and Felt maker Raya Brown! Raya inspired me to create fantastic felt work. I got totally addicted to the therapeutic process of wet felting! It is magical- you start laying wool fibres, then add water and soap and do some rubbing and end up with a substantial piece of fabric called felt ! I love it. Really enjoyed working with natural fibres in a lovely creative atmosphere of Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio with likemined people. I recommend this course to anyone! Thank you Raya!

In-person course
- - #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!

In-person course
- - #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!!!

In-person course
- - #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. 💖

In-person course
- - #20624

Had a fantastic relaxing day today and chuffed with my first creation in wool. Cannot recommend Raya highly enough. A very calm and positive approach to teaching and sharing her vast knowledge.

In-person course
- - #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 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

In-person course
- - #20147

Mum and I enjoyed a lovely day with Raya making poppies and daffodils. She made us feel very welcome at her home and is very good at explaining and demonstrating the techniques. Lots of tea and biscuits were offered through out the day! We had a fantastic day and have learnt a new skill set. Can't wait to carry on making flowers and would definitely book on to another course. I would highly recommend felting with Raya.

Jenny and Mary

In-person course
- - #19736

I thought this was an extremely well-organised workshop with a friendly approachable tutor. I felt I learnt a lot about techniques as well as having my eyes opened to the possibilities of working with wool and various yarns and threads. Really enjoyed the process and will be doing more at home. Thank you, Raya.

In-person course
- - #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 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!

In-person course
- - #19351

Thank you Raya for a wonderful workshop! I love wool painting and you were an exceptional teacher. Though you guided us we were also able to be creative with our pictures. The atmosphere was relaxing, fun and creative. What a wonderful way to spend a rainy and miserable Saturday!

Clearly you are very knowledgeable and an experienced teacher. I look forward for your next wool painting class. I have a photo of my a very special scenery and would love to recreate it in wool fibres. I can't wait for the next class. Thank you. I highly recommend Raya's classes for anyone. They are suitable for absolute beginners .


In-person course
- - #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 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……...😀

In-person course
- - #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.

In-person course
- - #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.

In-person course
- - #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.


In-person course
- - #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.


In-person course
- - #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.


In-person course
- - #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


In-person course
- - #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

In-person course
- - #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.

In-person course
- - #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.

In-person course
- - #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.


In-person course
- - #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.

In-person course
- - #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

In-person course
- - #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.


In-person course
- - #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!


In-person course
- - #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.


In-person course
- - #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.


In-person course
- - #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.

In-person course
- - #9703

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

In-person course
- - #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.

In-person course
- - #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!


In-person course
- - #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.

In-person course
- - #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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