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Please use the form on the right to contact us with your request.

You can also contact us via phone on 01202 302702 

Please note we will probably be teaching or painting when you phone so do leave a clear message on the answerphone giving your name and contact phone number and we will return your call as soon as passible.

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8 Roumelia Lane
Bournemouth, , BH5 1EU


Classical Art Academy run Drawing and Oil Painting Classes Courses Workshops and Painting Holidays from their studio in Bournemouth, Dorset.  Art courses, classes and workshops in Drawing and Oil Painting for all ability levels and ages.

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• Art School • Drawing & Oil Painting • Painting Holidays • Art Summer School • Short Art Breaks •

Classical Art Academy is a school of art focusing on Drawing and Oil Painting Classes, Courses, Workshops, Painting Holidays, Art Summer School and short Art Mini Breaks all with an option of B&B accommodation if required from our studio in Southbourne on Sea, Dorset.  We are a school of art with courses, classes and workshops in drawing and oil painting for all ability levels and ages.

New Term Starts 17th April with day and evening classes Available ... phone 01202 302702 

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  • Drawing techniques focusing on proportion, line and mass.
  • Painting courses in still life, portraiture, landscape, seascape and skies.
  • We run courses for all ability levels from a complete novice to experienced artists.
  • Our current senior academy age range is from 18 years to late 70's.
  • Junior academy students accepted from age 12 and above.

Our art school has been open in Bournemouth since 2010 teaching classical drawing and oil painting techniques used by the great artists of the renaissance.  Learn how to create landscapes, seascapes, portraiture and still life from experienced tutors.

Please email or phone and start your artist journey today.


 Classical Art Academy welcomes Anastasia Pollard to our team of tutors.  

Anastasia Pollard, accepted as one of the top Classical Atelier Tutors in the UK, has successfully exhibited at the London BP Portrait Awards in years 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 & 2017.

We are excited to announce that Anastasia is leading a three day portrait workshop (from a live model ) at the Classical Art Academy studios in Southbourne from Thursday 6th through to Saturday 8th September 2018.  

In addition to this initial workshop Anastasia will be running a second three day workshop in December 2018 and will be tutoring at the Classical Art Academy every Friday starting from September 2018 onwards.  

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Painting Holiday In Dorset 2018

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to paint in the open air with hands on tuition and enjoy a fantastic holiday.

Six days course tuition with seven days full board en-suite accommodation included less than two minutes walk from the seafront.

Take a look at our painting holiday page for details ... spaces are limited so remember book early! 

Southbourne beach two minutes walk from our studios

 Classical Art Academy seen through eyes of our students and founding artist Martin Close filmed on location by Raw Creation

  Atelier Modules  / Drawing & Painting Courses

Atelier Modules / Drawing & Painting Courses

"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

  Short Holidays /  Art Mini Breaks with B&B in Dorset

Short Holidays / Art Mini Breaks with B&B in Dorset

"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

  Sky, Land & Seascape Programme /  Painting Courses

Sky, Land & Seascape Programme / Painting Courses

"Absolutely loved the course, the teaching style and what was covered was excellent."

- Jennie Reeves

Welcome To Our Classical Drawing & Oil Painting School In Bournemouth, Dorset

We are a friendly family owned art school running drawing and oil painting classes, courses, painting holidays and art mini breaks with B&B accommodation for beginners, intermediate and experienced artists alike.  

Whether your a complete beginner looking for art classes and just wanting to get started, an intermediate amateur hoping to improve your drawing and oil painting skills to a higher standard or an experienced professional artists honing your existing skills, the Classical Art Academy offers personal tuition in small friendly classes for all ability levels.  

"Come along to one of our low cost introduction days, to work alongside exciting students and get a feel for the relaxed atmosphere of our studio and the supportive teaching methods we use?  All abilities are welcome: we surprise absolute beginners with what they can really achieve and experienced artist can check us out !  Book your day now for just £20 with our special offer.  We think you"ll love it."

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We have regular courses throughout the year including weekends and holidays


Atelier Program

First Year Plaster Cast Study,  Alla Prima in oil


Our mission is to lead students through the wonderful journey undertaken by the great Renaissance artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt.  Our exciting programmes teach the drawing and oil painting techniques of a traditional atelier but in a friendly modern way which is accessible to everyone.  You don't need a portfolio of work to join us, just an open mind and a desire to learn and develop.