Art School Wales was created

by professional local artist

and teacher Shirley Griffiths

in Autumn 2014.


The classes have been designed

to give adults full tuition in

a wide variety of media and

techniques in Art in a comfortable

and social environment,

with an emphasis on learning

rather than paperwork

or examinations. 

New to Art?  Don't worry,

you don't need any previous experience

to join Art School Wales, all students receive one to one

and group tuition during classes.

Art School Wales is a unique learning hub that brings

together, in context, all aspects of art, design

and art history.


All materials used  are included in the course fees

(excluding paper, which can be purchased in class).

Techniques are taught in pencil, water-soluble graphite, watercolour pencil, charcoal, soft pastel, oil pastel,

pen and wash, watercolours, acrylics, oils, inks

and gouache.


Step by step tuition is given in all media and students

are given set themes and projects to work on.


To help broaden knowledge and for inspiration,

each week in Art School Wales mainstream classes, there is a brief presentation with images on a particular artist's work in relation to the current project. This is our very own Artist of the Week feature.


We also have regular day's out too! During each 15 week

term there is an organised excursion to a place or city

of artistic interest (price not included).  So far students

have visited London, Oxford, American Museum in Bath, Highgate Cemetery, Castel Coch, Stoke-on-Trent Potteries, Coventry, Wells and Glastonbury amongst other places. Hopefully trips can resume after the pandemic.


Each member of Art School will have access to our private 

Art School Group on Facebook, to share work and items of interest, and a private photographic resource page, the Art School Wales Resource Collective.

Art School Wales also has a shop to purchase materials at great prices.



If all that wasn't enough, we also hold an end of year Art Exhibition.  The last 6 exhibitions were a huge success

and were held at the Riverfront Arts Centre Gallery,

 St. Woolos Cathedral in Newport and this year, due to Covid, on line.

Your teachers:

Shirley Griffiths BA hons PGCE City and Guilds

Owner, manager and lead tutor, Shirley Griffiths lives in Newport and studied

Fine Art at University of Wales, Cardiff, and Post Graduate Certificate of Education

at University of Wales, Newport. Shirley has been teaching art for the last 

23 years.  Shirley teaches all media and all subjects, She is a well known local

artist and teacher with a good reputation for student progress

and achievement in the field of fine art.

Richard Bowdidge - Oil Painting

Richard Bowdidge is an accomplished, award winning artist who works in a variety of

mediums including oil paints, pastels, airbrush and sculpture. He has been drawing and

painting for over 40 years, and has been teaching oil painting since 2017.

Richard's courses will introduce you to the wonderful world of oil painting; allowing you

to explore and develop a sound knowledge of this medium. The beginner's course

will introduce you to the basics of oil paints, mediums and solvents, colour theory,

mixing and the application of paint. We will then

cover oil painting techniques to allow and build your skills, and produce your own

works of art in class with help guidance from Richard. The Masterclass course

will cover the basics of oil painting and painting techniques, but will include

a more in-depth practical and theoretical knowledge, to allow you to expand and improve upon your existing skills, and gain the understanding to master the medium of oil paints. You will be able to produce your own painting in class, with expert guidance and teaching from Richard. 

All materials supplied. (Supports excluded)

(Dates for Richard's classes will be released shortly)

Jayne Cullen - Just Drawing BA (Hons) PGCE PCET

Jayne Cullen has a degree in art practice from the university of South Wales 

and a post graduate certificate of education in post compulsory education

and training.

Jayne has been a student of Art School Wales for five years and have learned many

new skills and techniques including life drawing and Chinese painting.

Jayne works as a private Art tutor for students unable to attend a formal

educational setting and will be delighted to start teaching an adult drawing class

with Art School Wales. 

Jayne believes that creativity of any kind is beneficial to our health and well-being,

she is very passionate about creating art and looks forward to sharing that passion

 with others.

This course will enhance and provide you with skills in the world of drawing.

You will achieve a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of drawing

starting with objects creating realistic light and shade.

You will learn about perspective and how to draw the human face and figure in a relaxed and positive atmosphere.

All materials supplied. (Paper excluded)

(Dates for Jayne's classes will be released shortly)