Painting Classes for Beginners & Improvers In Barnoldswick, Clayton-le-Moors and Great Harwood, Lancashire

Lessons for beginners & improvers or those who feel perplexed about their painting.

Providing encouragement, stimulation and development, while having a good time, for the beginner as well as the developing artist.

Demonstrations and Workshops by arrangement.

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NOTE In the interim, as painting classes get back to normal, the only class on offer is the one at Barnoldswick on \Monday \mornings 10.30 - 12.30 and this class is limited to 10 to allow for social distancing. The first class of the new 2022 year will be Feb 7th (weather permitting). Classes on Saturdays at Nursery End Garden Centre should restart around Easter Time and these are limited to 8.

What appears below is Pre Covid is most is still relevant and will hopefully become more so as time progresses.


People of all abilities are able to to learn something from these informative classes as each person gets a great deal of individual attention during the informal sessions. The rolling program of classes cover both a wide range of subjects as well as styles and media. Typical subjects might include landscapes and seascapes, floral still life and compositions inspired by nature subjects, loose freestyle painting of animals and such as well as compositions suited to painting on hand-painted watercolour greetings cards. Media used include watercolours, acrylic and oils (water-soluble fro no smell and easy clean up) as well as Derwent inktense (solid ink sticks) gouache and pastels using whatever paper best suits the medium of the day.

Class sizes are kept small with varying numbers at Barnoldswick (8-16 max) in an afternoon session and up to 6 on the full day (4 hr) sessions at Clayton. The Saturday session, that run monthly on a Saturday afternoon over the summer at Nursery End Garden Centre caters for a maximum of 12. There is now a class at the Library on Wednesdays at Great Harwood.

All painting materials are provided as well as the loan of brushes and other necessary equipment and consumables. Photocopied reference material is provided and consists of photographic and sketched material gathered from various local excursions as well as further afield.

All the classes follow a paint-along, step by step format allowing the painter to see the necessary techniques needed to complete the painting in a way that does not require the whole process to be remembered in one go. The classes are informative as the techniques used to produce the final painting are discussed during the painting process which allows the painter to quickly develop confidence in their work. The painter is also encouraged to develop their own style of painting in the one to one appraisals of the individuals work as it develops during the session. Each day is a stand alone session and is in no way dependant on attending an earlier class. So individuals can pick and choose what and when they want to attend on a pay on the day basis. Pre booking is essential to allow for the arrangement of materials. The exception is Barnoldswick where (due to larger numbers) there is occasionally the odd spare place.

The Barnoldswick class is typically held on Mondays 10.30 - 12.30 at the public library - People are, however, encouraged to come a little earlier as it allows more time for discussing personal work. Typical numbers at Barnoldswick are in the region of 8-12. The cost for each individual session is £12 per half day (2hrs)

Thursdays at Clayton is always a full day - starting at 10am and finishing at 2.30pm with a short break for lunch around 12. Numbers here are kept small (Max 6). The cost for each full day session £25. to book tel 07776036674

Saturdays at Clayton-le-Moors takes place around once a month starting at 1pm and finishing at 3.30pm - Numbers vary but the maximum tends to be 8. Booking on 07776036674 and check the News page for up and coming classes. The Friday classes at the Library in Clayton again run from 1-3.30pm but space is limited.

A new class which focuses on providing an introduction to all aspects of watercolour mediums takes place at Great Harwood Library on Wednesdays from 10-12 @ £12 per class (all materials provided). This runs approximately every two weeks. (contact on 07776036674 for more info)

Bio - info
Malcolm was born in Higham but now lives in Simonstone where the lovely Ribble Valley provides plenty of material for him to work from. When not painting our local scenes he is usually found painting mountains or seascapes. Malcolm started painting seriously in 1994 after a climbing trip to Skye inspired him to pick up a paintbrush. From that point his painting developed under the eye of, his personal tutor who also became a good friend. Formerly teaching in “The school of Arts History and Culture” at the University of Manchester, since 2009 Malcolm has started teaching and demonstrating not only his wet into wet watercolour technique but also acrylic, oil and pastel mediums using unique material gathered from his trips.

Telephone: 07776 036674

To book a place in a painting class or for more details about the classes telephone Malcolm on 07776 036674 or email Malcolm at the above address