Adult Art classes

mady at mragFeeling a bit shy about starting an art class? Don’t be. Everybody has to start somewhere and the art groups are small, social and supportive.

No experience is necessary. All you need is the desire to give it a go. With Steve’s special teaching technique, you can be enjoying drawing and painting in no time.

Steve’s classes are equally suitable for beginners or experienced art-makers. The aim is to help each student to find their own creative voice, style and subjects while receiving a strong grounding in the  techniques of visual art-making.

The art classes are designed to stimulate imagination creativity and art skills, while having fun experimenting with a range of art mediums and materials in a relaxed but stimulating social environment.

Price includes most art materials and supper/morning tea. You don’t need to bring anything to class apart from yourself.

Regular weekly art classes run throughout the year with a short christmas break.

Teaching is individually focused, so you can join any time, learn at your own pace and attend to suit your schedule.

Located at the historic Branxton Inn, we have purpose-designed studios and scenic pleine air  spaces for artmaking.

Branxton is a convenient 30mins from Newcastle via the expressway and easily accessable from all points in the Lower Hunter.

Relaxing, friendly and genuinely creative art learning.We foster your creativity and personal style as well as very effective skills development. Definitely not your ordinary art classes.

Adult Classes:

Mondays 10am to 12 noon – Branxton Inn Arthouse 35 Maitland St(old New England Hwy) Branxton.

                                                                           Cost per session:  Adults: $39    Pensioners, retirees, students,other concessions :$35     School age children: $24

bloke for posterAlso available:

– Private art tuition and mentoring as single sessions or on a regular basis.

– Small group weekend workshops.

– Art, Wellness and Creativity workshops:

Through innovative “Art, Wellness and Creativity” workshops, Steve uses movement and music to teach people the physical language of visual self-expression. You learn how to access your creative thinking ability and most importantly, to rediscover the simple joy of drawing (you had it once as a child!).

The workshops are accessible to everyone regardless of artistic experience. It is a resilience building process. Relaxation exercises, meditation, focusing techniques and playfulness are all essential parts of the workshops. The now very popular idea of mindfulness is at the centre of art-making and Steve has developed a simple method for accessing it.

The immediate positive therapeutic effects start with relaxation and de-stressing through gentle physical activity, music and the experience of “losing oneself” in the moment as well as the social support of a positive shared group experience. More benefits come with the development of a personal expressive language and the satisfaction in achievement as skills grow.

For people whose self-image is under stress and whose life is undergoing major challenges, art experiences that are properly and thoughtfully presented can have great benefits. Importantly, it is not necessary to be “gifted” to enjoy the experience.

Contact Steve on 0412 560 594 to talk about what you are seeking from art classes – he’ll be able to direct you to the right option.


8 thoughts on “Adult Art classes

  1. This looks perfect for what I have been searching for!!! It is my sister’s 40th Birthday soon, she lives in Medowie. I have been looking everywhere for an art class on the weekend that I could take my Mum, my sister and myself to, I love oils/acrylics, she loves all mediums but excels at sketching. None of us are experts as such. Could you tell me if you do a Saturday or Sunday session? I am visiting her on the weekend of September 6th and 7th, would either of these dates be available for a class? Thanks in advance even if it is not available.

  2. Hi Rebecca,
    The 6th and 7th of September are available.It will make a memorable birthday experience. Everyone that has done it has had a great time.We can explore both drawing and painting.
    We can do a two and half hour session($50 per person) or a four and half hour($85 per person).
    Price includes all art materials and equipment plus good coffee/ tea (and lunch for the long workshop).

    Best regards,
    Steve James

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  4. Hi Steve. My sister and I are interested in the Monday art classes, can we just show up next Monday or do we need to make a booking/enroll?

  5. Hi Stephen,
    I am a 75 year old woman looking for an art class for beginners in Newcastle area could you help me with this please.Thankyou
    Lyn Richardson

  6. Hi Lyn,
    My apologies for the delay, I have been off sick for a while. My class runs every Monday morning 10am at the Branxton Inn, Branxton (a pleasant half hour from Waratah on the expressway) if you drive.A number of my students and myself travel from Newcastle.It is ideal for beginners, very friendly supportive group of people and always great fun.If that doesn’t suit drop into Eckerley’s art shop on TudorSt Hamilton. Many of the local artists list their classes at the shop.If I can help you further please call me on 0412560594

  7. Hi, I am wondering if this is still running. I have a client that would be very interested.

  8. Hi Rachel,
    I am still running a class every Monday(except Public holidays) at the Branxton Inn Arthouse,35 Maitland St Branxton. Class does from 10am to 12.30 pm, morning tea and materials included.

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