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Autumn sketchbooks - a project based weekly art class.



This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in developing their artistic skills through regular practice. Both beginners and improvers are more than welcome to attend. The aim of the course is to improve students drawing skills and also develop their critiquing skills and artistic knowledge. There will be a different theme set each week, and the course will involve students doing their own artwork between sessions. An app will also be used as a platform for sharing / critiquing the work produced during the week and the live weekly one hour Zoom calls will include feedback, Q and A's and presentations which could take the form of a video, a demonstration or an art history based slide presentation (all depending on the theme for the week). Please see below for some reviews from previous students who have attended recent similar online courses by the same tutor: “I have attended Donna’s classes for the last 2 and half years. She has always been both instructive and inspirational, full of ideas and enthusiasm as well as patient and supportive. I have attended a lot of art classes, particularly over the last 14 years and achieved more with Donna than most.” “Zoom can never replace 'face to face' but with Donna as art tutor it was as good as it can get. I really enjoyed her online Zoom Summer courses, original ideas and the stimulus to actually want to sit-down and paint and sketch in between sessions. Donna's clear demonstrations and balanced critique made for two very enjoyable and worthwhile courses. Would I sign up again? Yes !” “I really enjoyed the Summer sketchbooks course (2020) as it encouraged me to work independently and reflect on my work. An interesting stimulus was provided every session which helped to develop drawing and painting skills through a creative approach. The padlet idea was great as it allowed feedback from Donna and other learners. Thanks Donna” “I have attended and enjoyed Donna’s real and virtual art classes, sketchbooks sessions and workshops in watercolour and lino cutting. She brings fresh ideas and challenges into the classes and is always supportive and full of enthusiasm for everyone’s work be it beginners or improver. I like the friendliness of her classes and the way we are able to interact with each other on Zoom.”

What's included in the price?

*Live weekly one hour meet ups on Zoom for 10 weeks in total. *Tuition and support from a qualified & experienced art tutor - Donna Maria Taylor - who has many years experience of teaching adults. (Your tutor is also a practising professional artist). *An opportunity to meet with your tutor (live on Zoom) in advance of the course. *Access to a sharing platform so you can see the work produced by everyone else in the group between the weekly sessions. *Friendly and supportive group.

What you will need

A sketchbook to work in. The sketchbook can be any size or format that you like, depending on your own preference. If you are not sure what to get, your tutor can advise you on your pre-course meet up. (You can also work on loose paper if you prefer). Basic drawing materials. This could just be a 2B pencil to start with, but as the course progresses you may wish to use pen, paint, collage or a mix of everything! The choice is yours, but again your tutor will be on hand to advise you at each stage.


1 hour (7:00pm to 8:00pm)

Cancellation policy

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



Donna Maria Taylor

with Craft Courses since 2019

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Qualified tutor and experienced practising artist. I have been working in the arts for over 30 years and have taught part time throughout this time delivering a wide range of classes and workshops using a wide variety of mediums.

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for beginners
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