I want to share with anyone who was ever told they had no ability with art. have you ever seen anyone sketching or painting and thought 'that looks relaxing but I couldn't do that'? I can tell you that you are a) right and b) wrong. I've just finished a 10 week zoom class with Raya Brown. Its been really lovely and you'll see some of the things I've done, I've never really drawn before. I was nervous and had no idea where to start, but she is a great teacher and breaks down each part, each week you look at a different element and style and spend a few hours with a lovely group of people, and watch and follow along as she demonstrates.
I first started to be interested about 2 years ago when I was at Gil's and saw the watercolour group - and couldn't make the time - now with lockdown its been possible to do via zoom. Raya does all sorts of classes, I chose portraits and am signed up for the next level one starting in a couple of months. Please share to anyone who you think would be interested - with the Zoom option you don't even need to live nearby ! I am looking forward to the next Intermediate level Portrait course via zoom with Raya starting in October.
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 Raya for another wonderful wool painting workshop.
Raya is very patient, encouraging and an excellent teacher. I highly recommend her courses.
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,
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 support. 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,
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
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.
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!
I had such a laugh with the people attending the workshop and the time passed so quickly that it was a fantastic day. I have never used Zoom online before and with Raya's support I was able to navigate the functions of Zoom. My wife loves poppy fields and I decided to create this fibre picture for our anniversary. I have made a wool picture that my wife couldn't believe the beautiful colours, and how the picture was formed and fixed into a frame. My wife likes the picture very much.
I am proud of what I have achieved at Raya's interactive workshop with live tuition and I would recommend this course to anyone.
Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:Dear John,
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.
I have recently attended Raya's interactive online wool painting course. I always wanted to learn wool painting but never had a chance to come over to Raya's studio as I live far away. I am so glad that Raya offered me the chance to learn this exciting wool fibre art and craft over zoom. I experienced other techniques working with wool but this new way of using wool fibres became very interesting and enjoyable. I really liked the therapeutic experience of playing with different natural fibres creating some images and textures. Raya was very helpful and encouraging. She also sent me the wool painting kit with all the tools and materials so that I did not need to search for various things for the course. I love my finished wool picture very much. I can recommend this course to anyone!
I thought the course was great with brilliant bright colours and a picture that I can give to my mum for her birthday next week. Raya has a way of putting people at ease and giving me the confidence I lacked before the course. I would certainly recommend the course to anyone who wants to try and create a picture with wool fibres.
What a great course! I have just learnt an amazing new technique of painting with wool fibres. This is going to become my new hobby as it is so therapeutic, enjoyable and addictive! I fell in love with this new way of painting with colourful strands of wool and creating amazing new textures and effects! Thank you to the wonderful tutor Raya Brown who posted the kit to me and carefully explained the the process of wool painting using clear step by step online demonstrations and inspirational ideas.
I enjoyed the online Art and Craft Zoom course with Raya so much that I have recommended my wife and sister to attend the next course. I have not done art for years but with Ray's expertise I got up to speed quickly. I will be keeping an eye on any other courses she may have be running in the near future.
I thought the course was great and I could work from home. I have never used Zoom before and Raya made it easy for me. I would definitely attend another Art and Craft course with Raya and I would recommend it to my family and friends.
Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:Dear Neil,
I was a little unsure about doing interactive art online as I have never done this before. Raya was brilliant as she explained everything so simple to me as if I was at her workshop in her art and craft studio. I thought initially I wouldn't enjoy this online experience as I'm a very much a people person and love being with other people in a workshop environment where we can have a joke and get to know each other. Doing an online Zoom course was surprisingly a great experience as I have met new friends and with Raya's easy to follow instructions I can still do the art I love.
Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:Hi Des,
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 Art Education System. I have enjoyed her courses very much and highly recommend this course to everyone who would like to study Art in-depth.
Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:Dear Alex,
I cannot 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!
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.
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.