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Art Courses & Workshops

 

 
I teach a variety of courses at the The Art House. Based in the centre of Sheffield – the Art House is a welcoming and friendly environment hosting a variety of classes to suit all levels and interests.

Art Courses at Trafalgar Warehouse coming soon!

 

Hello,

I’m Flora Ménager – artist and art tutor based in Sheffield where I teach a variety of Watercolour, Acrylic, Oil, Portraiture and Life drawing courses. I believe that anyone can learn how to draw or paint with the right guidance, knowledge and practice. My classes are offer technical know-how in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. 

Through the practice and study of painting and drawing I aim to teach people how to see, really see, and observe the world to gain new perspectives. Through learning techniques to create art we can reshape our preconceived notions of what should be and what is.

 

UPCOMING COURSES

June/July 2019

 
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LIFE DRAWING with Flora Menager

Flora’s life drawing classes aim to help beginner and intermediate participants build confidence by providing tips and techniques to help represent the figure on paper.
The course can be booked for the full 4 weeks or individual sessions.
Wednesdays
4.00 pm – 6.00 pm
19th June – 24th July (6 weeks)
£90
BOOK HERE!

 

 

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BEGINNERS DRAWING TECHNIQUES
with Flora Menager
This course, for absolute beginners to intermediate students, offers an introduction to the fundamentals of art.  During the course, we will use charcoal, pencil, pastels and coloured pencils to learn the following five key techniques with plenty of guided  practice from life and from pictures:
Setting out techniques and composition / Exploring quality of line and mark making / Perspective / Adding value: light and dark / Using colour
With this course, you will gain the knowledge and confidence to be a better artist in a fun and relaxing environment.  Suitable from beginners to intermediate students looking to improve or refresh their drawing skills.
“This course was so relaxing, it was nice to carry out an activity with no pressure. I really enjoyed working with different materials, which were all explained in a clear and fun way. I learned a lot”
Tuesdays

4th June – 23rd July (8 weeks)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£95    EARLY BIRD OFFER UNTIL 5TH MAY
BOOK HERE!

 

 

 
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EXPLORING THEMES AND TECHNIQUES – WATERCOLOUR
with Flora Menager
This course teaches watercolour techniques through four classic themes: Fruits and Vegetables, Insects and Flowers, People in Landscapes, and Birds. Each theme is spread over two sessions, at the end of which you will have completed a series of drawn and painted studies and a single painting all in a relaxed setting with guidance along the way.
All the paintings will be inspired from photographs provided for you. If you have specific images related to the themes that you’d like to paint from bring them along to the sessions.
Suitable from beginners.
Mondays
3rd June – 22nd July 2019 (8 weeks)
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (longer 2.5 hour classes)
£140
BOOK HERE!
Fridays
7th June – 19th July (7 weeks)
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
£98
BOOK HERE!
 

 

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ART CLUB: WATERCOLOUR AND MIXED MEDIA with Flora Menager
Art Club is a great balance between structured learning and the freedom to work on personal art projects.  The Club serves as the perfect next step for students of Flora’s beginner watercolour courses, but anyone with previous watercolour experience is welcome!
Techniques and important concepts in art are discussed and demonstrated at the beginning of each session, with a focus on the inclusion of mixed media techniques with watercolour.  This is followed by time to paint in a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere.  Inspiration images will be available, and Flora will provide guidance as you paint. Can be taken as a course or as 2 day sessions
Wednesdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm OR
Fridays 
1.30pm – 3.30pm
£35 per 2 day sessions or book the full course and save £10
Click on the links below to book your places:
Wednesday June 5th & 12th Watercolour & Ink
Wednesday June 19th & 26th Watercolour & Brusho
Wednesday July 3rd & 10th Oil Pastel Resist Technique
Wednesday July 17th & 24th Watercolour & Acrylic
BOOK THE FULL WEDNESDAY COURSE AND SAVE £10
Friday June 7th & 14th: Watercolour & Ink
Friday June 21st & 28th: Watercolour & Brusho
Friday July 5th & 12th: Oil Pastel Resist Technique
BOOK THE FULL FRIDAY COURSE AND SAVE £10

 

July/August 2019

 

 

flora-placesDRAWING TECHNIQUES: PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS . Flora Menager

Drawing is a fundamental skill in art, whether you are an absolute beginner or looking to refresh your skills and improve your painting this course works as a crash course, covering a variety of techniques to help you see and depict all types of subject matter.

• Setting out techniques and composition
• Exploring quality of line and mark making;
• Proportions and perspective
• Adding value, lights and darks
• Using colour
Saturdays 22nd June – 6th July (3 weeks)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
£54
BOOK HERE!
 
The People, Places & Things Courses can be taken together or separately
The morning drawing session works well as a warm up for the afternoon painting
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ACRYLIC TECHNIQUES:  PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS with Flora Menager
Students will learn a variety of acrylic painting techniques to represent things, people and places. The class is divided into taught elements and guided supervision to allow you to complete paintings using these techniques:
Setting out and choosing your composition/ Mapping light and dark values/ Mark making/ Colour theory/ Wet-in-wet technique/ Texture and layering
Saturdays 22nd June – 6th July (3 weeks)
1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
£65
BOOK HERE!

 

 

 

 

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PAINTING BOTANICALS with Flora Menager

In celebration of summer, participants will learn painting techniques specifically suited to painting flowers in watercolour and gouache.
This class is suitable for both beginners and students who have previously taken a watercolour course and/or are looking to try new techniques.  We will be painting from beautiful inspiration images but feel free to bring in your own on the day!
Saturday 27th July 2019
10.00 am – 3.00 pm
£35

BOOK HERE!

 

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FINDING YOUR VOICE: EXPRESSIVE FIGURE DRAWING & PAINTING with Flora Menager

Participants will be taught a variety of drawing and painting techniques with the aim to represent the figure in an expressive and individualistic manner. This class is ideal for students who are interested in improving these skills and who want to get a taste in using colour, texture and value in a variety of drawing and painting media. All skill levels are welcome to this class and guidance will be given at all stages.
Media used throughout the course: Charcoal and Charcoal Powder, Coloured Pastels, Acrylic Washes, Black Ink and White Acrylic, Coloured Inks
Wednesdays
6:00 – 8.30 pm
31st July –  28th August 2019 (6 weeks)
£105
BOOK HERE!

 

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PORTRAITURE:  DRAWING & PAINTING TECHNIQUES with Flora Menager  

Using mixed media (charcoal, pastel, acrylic,) participants will learn experimental portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better draw and paint people through the practice of self-portraiture.
This course is suitable for absolute beginners.  You will learn:
  • Proportions of the head/ Using line and value to create form/ Methods and techniques – learning to see/ Charcoal, pastel & acrylic painting techniques 
Syllabus: Drawing Techniques (Day 1), Colour Pastel Techniques (Day 2), Acrylic Painting Techniques (Day 3).
Monday 19th August – Wednesday 21st August 2019 (3 days)
10:00 – 3.30 pm
£120
BOOK HERE!

 

Painting-from-photo-summer-school-student-imageACRYLIC TECHNIQUES FOR BEGINNERS:  PAINTING FROM A PHOTOGRAPH with Flora Menager

Participants will learn acrylic techniques by painting from a photograph of their choosing or from a variety of inspiration images available on the day. This is the perfect opportunity to capture in paint your favourite photograph and learn some the basics of acrylic painting! This class is suitable for all levels, including beginners.
If you would like to paint from your own inspiration image please bring the image with you on the day (the image above is a student’s work from a previous course).  The syllabus:
  • Setting out; Composition and transcribing your image/ Mapping light and dark values/ Acrylic characteristics and how to use them/ Brushwork and blending/ Colour theory
Thursday 22nd – Friday 23rd August 2019 (2 days)
10:00 – 3.30 pm
£80
BOOK HERE!
 

 

 

You’ll find photos from past classes @ Life Interpreted’s Facebook Page 

 

What’s your medium of choice? Unsure? Have a look at the list of courses I recurrently teach to help you decide

 

Courses & Descriptions

Acrylic Techniques
Drawing Techniques
En plein air
Gouache Techniques
Life Drawing
Oil Painting Techniques
Painting Botanicals
Painting from a Photograph
Portraiture
Watercolour
 

 


Acrylic Techniques

In this class, students learn a variety of acrylic painting techniques while being guided through the process. Acrylics have the advantage of being one of the most versatile painting mediums and can be used to achieve different types of results similar to oils and watercolours.
The course includes:  Setting out; Preparing your surface, choosing a composition, transcribing your image /  Mapping light and dark values /  Mark making /  Colour theory /  Wet-in-wet technique /  Textures /  Layering
 

Drawing Techniques
This drawing course covers the most basic element of any artwork, drawing techniques. We use our environment to discover the many tips and tricks you can use to develop a unique and accomplished drawing style.
Participants learn drawing techniques to better describe the world around them through a variety of media; charcoal, pencil, pastel, pen and ink, coloured pencil etc.
The course covers:   Setting out techniques and composition /  Exploring quality of line and mark making /  Perspective /  Adding value; lights and darks /  Using colour
 

En plein air classes 
Pen Drawing and Water Colour Washes– Taking Inspiration from the Steel City
In this class students have the opportunity to learn drawing and watercolour techniques that will be applied en plein air (outside) taking inspiration from the great city of Sheffield. The sessions start in the studio to learn techniques in the mornings and in the afternoon are outside. This course is ideal for art lovers who would like to learn skills to enable them to gain the confidence to paint landscape or cityscapes in their sketchbooks.
The course covers:   Setting out /  Techniques; drawing from life /  Choosing your subject matter & simplifying /  Perspective /  Architecture /  Capturing moving figures /  Colour washes /  Finding your voice
 
 

Gouache Techniques
Participants learn painting techniques specifically suited to painting in gouache. Gouache is an extremely versatile medium.
– When diluted can be used to create washes to a similar effect to watercolour.
– Can be applied using a dry brush similar to acrylics
– Also a good medium to learn as a precursor to learning oil painting
The course covers:   Setting out; composition /  Mapping light and dark values /  Mark making /  Colour theory /  Gouache characteristics /  Textures /  Layering
 
 
 

Life Drawing 
Participants have the opportunity to experiment with drawing techniques related to the figure.
Structured course with exercises, tips and tailored guidance.
The course covers:   Setting out techniques; composition /  Proportions of the body /  Charcoal techniques /  Exploring quality of line and mark making /  Lights and darks – creating 3 dimensional value
 

Oil Painting Techniques 
Participants learn the basics of oil painting. The class is suitable for all levels. The slow drying nature of oil is ideally suited for blending and glazing techniques as well as creating rich textured surfaces.
The course covers:   Setting out; Preparing your surface, choosing a composition, transcribing your image /  Mapping light and dark values /  Mark making /  Colour theory
 
 
 

Painting Botanicals
Participants will learn painting techniques specifically suited to painting flowers and gourds in gouache.
Suitable for both beginner students and students who have previously taken Flora’s water colour courses and/or are looking to try gouache.
The course covers:   Botanical structures; making sense of the different elements /  Preparatory sketches; mapping out a composition/lights and darks /  Colour theory /  Exploration of the painting quality of gouache; transparency and opacity / 
 
 
 

Painting from a photograph
This is a chance for students to transform adored photographs into a beautiful paintings while picking up tips and tricks in painting in acrylic.
In this class, students learn a variety of acrylic painting techniques while being guided through the process of creating a new piece of art from your photo. It’s completely up to you the photo you choose and the class is designed so that anyone, no matter how novice or advanced, can come away with something to treasure.
The course includes:   Setting out; Preparing your surface, choosing a composition, transcribing your image /  Mapping light and dark values /  Mark making /  Colour theory
 

Portraiture 
In this class participants learn portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better draw people. This class is aimed for participants with some experience in drawing from life.
Using mixed media (charcoal, pastel, India ink) students learn portraiture techniques through self-portraiture.
The course covers:   Proportions of the head /  The different parts of the head /  Methods and techniques /  Charcoal, pastel & India ink techniques
 

Watercolour
This introductory watercolour course is suitable for anyone looking to take their first steps in painting. No need to have picked up a brush before! Participants will have the opportunity to experiment in this step by step course covering:   Setting out /  Composition /  Colour theory /  Colour washes /  Textures