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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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Anastasia Pollard at Classical Art Academy

Martin Close

Anastasia Pollard

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.  

April 2018

Live Seascape Painting Demonstration in Southern Road Southbourne

Martin Close

Sky, Land & Seascape Programme

We are running a live seascape oil painting demonstration at the Woodside Hotel in Southern Road, Southbourne on Tuesday 29th November 2016.  

To reserve your place please email Rachel at

The Sky, Land and Seascape Programme is a structured course capturing the beauty of painting nature from both inside the studio and out in the open air.  Complete beginners are welcome as full tuition is given at all levels of ability.

The programme is split into three stages.  Beginner, Intermediate and Further Studies.  The beginner and intermediate stages each have four modules.  When these two stages have been completed you will be able to progress onto further more complex studies.  Each stage will build your artistic abilities giving you the skills you need to paint to a high standard.

The beginner stage is designed to take you from a novice with no experience to a competent amateur and to prepare you for the intermediate stage ahead.  Each step of the way you will be supported and tutored by a skilled artist, incorporating live demonstrations and a high degree of one on one tuition.

Art Mini Breaks By The Sea

Martin Close

Art Mini Break with two nights B&B Accommodation included

Classical Art academy have just launched our Art Mini Break courses for beginners and artist alike.   We have a selection of two and three day courses beginning with Classical Drawing progressing to still life, landscapes, seascapes and portraiture.  

All of our mini breaks include B&B accommodation.  For more detailed information please visit the Courses / Art Mini Breaks section of our website.

Classical techniques for drawing in proportion, line and mass.

Course dates are flexible and run throughout the week Tuesday to Saturday ongoing every month the year.  We will contact you after we receive your booking to discuss what dates you would like to be booked into.

This course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced artists looking for classical drawing tuition.  You will learn classical drawing techniques that date back to the ancient Greeks and were still in use by master artists throughout the Renaissance.  

You will spend two days with our regular students learning drawing methods that focus on proportion, line and mass to produce a selection of chiaroscuro drawings to take home at the end of the course.

No previous experience in drawing is required.   All course materials together with two night B&B is all included within the course fees.

Learn To Paint This Year With Classical Art Academy

Martin Close

Painting outside in the fresh air

Our En Plein Air courses start 28th & 29th May 2016

Founding Artist Martin Close teaching a class of students on location in France 2014

Founding Artist Martin Close teaching a class of students on location in France 2014

The our successful summer En Plein Air courses are about to start again see the calendar for details.  This programme has enabled students to paint in oils on location in a variety of Dorset beauty spots.  They are designed for all levels of ability and offer hands-on tuition with our experienced teacher Martin Close who will guide you through the key points of capturing nature on the canvas from life.  

"This is the first course I've found that offers the rare opportunity to have step by step tuition and support while on location" Liz Cumberbatch - Old Harrys Rocks 2015

Painting on location with students in Corfe Village and the New Forest. Summer 2015


When: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May 2016
Cost: £225 (£150 for Atelier class students) Students are required to bring their own paints, brushes and easel. The canvas will be available to purchase. on the day
Interested? Contact Rachel on 07725 043503 or 01202 302702
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Norwegian Fjord Study ... A course inspired by August Vilhelm Lou 1828 ~1902

Martin Close

Norwegian Fjord Study by August Vilhelm Lou 

Norwegian Fjord Study by August Vilhelm Lou 

Starts Saturday 29th - Monday 31st August 2015


An exciting 3 day course where you will study and create your own unique version of this August Wilhelm Leu oil painting (above). Suitable for all levels of student.  Martin has broken this down into a simple step by step process and will be demonstrating each stage. On this course you will have the valuable opportunity to produce a beautiful painting inspired by this historic romantic artist and learn how to work from a photograph in order to capture the image using a tonal grid to help you get accurate colour.  

“Martin's approach to painting this scene helped me capture the atmosphere of the rolling mist, the sun beaming over the mountains and reflections in the lake that I would have lost on my own. It was challenging as the composition covers many different aspects of painting but it was a very rewarding project."
(Student) 2015

When: Saturday 29th - Monday 31st August 2015
Cost: £345  (£245 for Atelier class students) Price includes materials. Atelier students receiving the discounted price are required to bring their own paints and brushes.  
Interested? Contact Rachel on 07725 043503 or 01202 302702
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