Art School Wales was created

by 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 optional set themes and projects to work on.


To help broaden knowledge and for inspiration,

each week in Art School mainstream classes, there is a brief presentation

with images on a particular artist's work in relation

to the current project.


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.


Each member of Art School will have access to our private 

Art School Group on Facebook, to keep ahead of whats

new in the world of art.


If all that wasn't enough, we also hold an end of year Art Exhibition.  The last 5 exhibitions were a huge success

and were held at the Riverfront Arts Centre Gallery

and St. Woolos Cathedral in Newport.

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 l

ocal 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.

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. She 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. She 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 in September.

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.”


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