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Welcome to our atelier
Atelier is a French word meaning studio and has been adopted by a growing number of art schools around the world to mean ‘a studio that teaches classical drawing and painting by acclaimed principle tutors’. Our Atelier has been open in Bournemouth since 2010, teaching charcoal drawing and oil painting techniques used by the great artists of the Renaissance. Our students learn how to create beautiful portraiture, still life, landscapes, seascapes and en plein air from experienced tutors. You don't need a portfolio of work to join us, just an open mind and a desire to learn and develop.
come and experience our atelier
Come along to one of our low cost introduction days to get a feel for the relaxed atmosphere of our studio and the supportive teaching methods we use.
All abilities are welcome: absolute beginners are always surprise by what they can really achieve and experienced artists’ can explore what this classical method can add to their skills.
Book your experience day now for just £20 with our special offer, or if you’d like to pop in and meet us first, come along to one of our open days. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
Classes and Courses
Term dates, weekly schedule and prices
Autumn Term 2018 Ends Sat 8th Dec
Spring Term 2019 Wed 6th Feb ~ Sat 13th April
Summer Term 2019 Wed 1st May ~ Sat 6th July
Autumn Term 2019 Wed 25th Sept ~ Sat 30th Nov
Our classes run from Wednesday to Saturday each week:
One Class per week :-
£330 for 10 classes = students attend 10 three-hour classes. One class per week on either Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or a Saturday.
One Day per week :-
£600 for 10 days = students attend 10 full days (10:00 until 17:00). One whole day per week on either Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
You also have an option to study more frequently; some students choose to attend two or three days per week.
Classical Art Academy seen through eyes of our students and founding artist Martin Close filmed on location by Raw Creation
"As a complete beginner I never thought I could paint like this. The first course I've found that offers the rare opportunity to have step by step tuition and full support"
- Liz Cumberbatch
"Thank you for an amazing holiday, great value for money, I learnt so much in such a short space of time and it totally exceeded my expectations"
- Andrew Larby
"Absolutely loved the course, the teaching style and what was covered was excellent."
- Jennie Reeves