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Welcome to our atelier
The Classical Art Academy is a school of representational art. We work in small groups, to offer highly tutored classes in drawing and oil painting. Atelier is a French word meaning studio and has been adopted by certain art schools to reflect the old master's tradition of teaching aspiring artists' within their studio. Our Atelier opened in 2010, specialising in charcoal drawing and oil painting techniques used by the great historical artists. Our students learn how to create beautiful portraiture, still life, landscapes, seascapes and en plein air from highly acclaimed tutors. Experience has proven to us that anyone with a desire and determination to learn can become an accomplished artist with the right tuition. Our aim is to give you the techniques to express your creativity as fully as possible.
Classes and Courses
come and experience our atelier!
Come along to one of our FREE open days to get a feel for the relaxed atmosphere of our studio and the supportive teaching methods we use. There will be a selection of FREE demonstrations in Atelier drawing, Atelier painting and Seascape painting. Due to limited numbers, we ask that you book a place via the link below. All abilities are welcome: absolute beginners are always surprised by what they can really achieve and experienced artists’ can explore what this classical method can add to their skills. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
“I am totally amazed at how quickly my skills have developed under Martin, and would never have believed it before starting. I highly recommend this school to anyone interested in learning to develop as a skilled oil painter - Fabulous!”
- Tony Jackson (October 2018)
“If you’re considering this school, don’t hesitate, do it! Rachel and Martin are two of the most genuine people you could wish to meet, and Martin is the best teacher I have encountered. He teaches in a magical way knowing just how to get the best out of each student. Wonderful course, beautiful studies”
- Kellie Shemilt (February 2018)
“I really enjoyed this course, it was absolutely fantastic. Anastasia is the best teacher I’ve had and learnt so much about classical portraiture and mixing true colour. I had the best time and even had a swim in the sea!”
- Mary Liddell after Anastasia Pollard’s Portraiture Masterclass (September 2018)