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
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
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.
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.”