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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 •

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', many from the Renaissance. Our students learn how to create beautiful portraiture, still life, landscapes, seascapes and en plein air from experienced, often 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.

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Classes and Courses

Classical Art Academy Seascape Oil Painting

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Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or enquiries!

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come and experience our atelier

Come along to one of our FREE open days or 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. We look forward to welcoming you soon!


Open Days

At our open days and evenings 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.

Experience Days

Book your experience day now with our special offer! Just £20 for a Drawing Experience Day or £50 for a Oil Painting Experience Day. *Offer ends December 31st and experience days will no longer be offered in 2019.

  Atelier Modules  / Drawing & Painting Courses

Atelier Modules / Drawing & Painting Courses

“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)

  Sky, Land & Seascape Programme /  Painting Courses

Sky, Land & Seascape Programme / Painting Courses

“If your 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)

  Masterclasses /  Portrait, Colour Theory, En Plein Air & Watercolour

Masterclasses / Portrait, Colour Theory, En Plein Air & Watercolour

“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)