Art Course - Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media

Discover your inner artist in this Christchurch or Bournemouth art course.

12 x 3 hours Class size 1 to 20     label £365

Get your creative juices flowing with this inclusive art course taught by talented artist and teacher Kate Marr and assisted by the wonderful Carol West. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, this termly course caters to all abilities with weekly three-hour art classes covering a range of topics.

With a high-quality curriculum that changes every term, you will explore the colourful world of art through different mediums and projects. Learn to draw, discover watercolour, acrylic and mixed media painting and pick up some new techniques over your twelve-week course!

Experiment and try out topics from landscapes to portraits, still life to abstract and beyond. The curriculum is designed around students requests. Plus, Kate also splits up the class projects so you can pick one each week based on your skill level.

You'll have the opportunity to meet like-minded art students in person at the lovely Christchurch Rowing Club on Wednesdays or St Andrews Church Hall Kinson, Bournemouth on Thursdays. You will learn art skills in a relaxed environment, unleash your creativity, and make new friends!

Learn through demonstrations, one-to-one support, and getting hands-on experience. This art course has limited spaces to ensure quality teaching, so sign up now and get your spot!

Course includes:

  • Drawing.
  • Pastel.
  • Watercolour.
  • Acrylic.
  • Mixed media.
  • Online exhibition.

Christchurch classes are held Wednesdays at 10-1 or 2-5.
Bournemouth classes are held Thursdays at 10-1 or 2-5.

The Summer term 2024 will run April 17/18th - July 10/11th with a half term break from May 27th - 31st.

The Autumn term 2024 will run September 11/12th - December 4th/5th with a half term break from October 28th - November 1st.

We open up bookings nearer the start of each term as our current students have first refusal.

We run termly courses and break for half term and other holidays, so double check with your teacher when the next class in your course will happen. A full curriculum and materials list will be provided one month before the course starts, plus you can keep learning at home with online videos and documents!

Please note:
The Christchurch venue has an electric stair lift to get to the classroom -- please let the teacher know if you will need this before coming to class. The Bournemouth class is fully accessible.

Knowledge required
Beginner and beyond.
What you'll get
  • References, handouts and videos to access online.
  • Your various art pieces in different mediums to take home.
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits.
What to bring
Brushes, artist pencils set, soft and hard pastels set, watercolours set, acrylics set and extra materials for mixed various media projects (an exact list will be provided a month before the course starts).
Session repeats

This class series runs over 12 consecutive sessions, at the same time every week.


Christchurch Rowing Club - Wick Lane, Christchurch, BH23 1HU

Art Course - Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media location
Your teacher

Kate Marr is a professional artist from Bournemouth, UK, and is best known for her lively and atmospheric paintings based on locations from the Dorset coastline and the New Forest. Kate loves to create pieces in an intuitive way, focusing on evoking the mood and feeling of a place by using expressive marks. These works are created imaginatively, inspired by sketches, photos and memories of walks in these areas or en plein air. Kate uses high quality art materials in a variety of mixed media and technique. Her work has been featured in nationwide magazines including the Leisure Painter. She is a member of the friends of the ROI, Artists in Dorset, Paint Dorset and Cad Arts and exhibits with some of these groups as well as arranging her own solo shows. Her work can be found in private art collections around the world.

Kate grew up in Surrey and having a creative spirit, was always painting and drawing. Pursuing this passion, she completed a foundation course in art and design in 2005 at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design. In 2008 Kate completed a fine art BA (Hons) degree at Plymouth University. After this she had a few exhibitions, then whilst working in Oxford Street in retail management, she worked part time as a portrait artist taking commissions. By 2016, Kate had decided to become a full time professional artist. Initially she was living in London and then the opportunity came to move to Bournemouth and paint the beautiful scenery there. She then focused her attention on painting seascapes and landscapes.

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