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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 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.

 

Workshops 2020


 

 

BEGINNERS WATERCOLOUR & MIXED MEDIA: BIRDS, ANIMALS AND INSECTS with Flora Menager

@ The Art House

Unleash your creativity on this fun exploratory one day workshop where you’ll learn watercolour and mixed media techniques to better represent birds and insects. Birds are a great source of inspiration, they have fascinated us for centuries, what better way to pay homage to them then to paint them!

Flora will provide a variety of inspiration photographs but you are welcome to bring along your own to the sessions.

All abilities are welcome – course is suitable for absolute beginners. No need to have ever picked up a brush before.

Syllabus: 
Tips on how to draw birds and insects
Using colour to create three dimensional forms
Capturing movement & stillness
Watercolour, oil pastel and ink painting techniques

“No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone.” – Oscar Wilde

Image Credit: Participant Artwork, Ellie I.

Saturday 18th January
10.00am – 3.30pm
£45
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Painting Botanicals – Watercolour

@ The Botanical Gardens, Dorothy Fox Centre, Room #3

In celebration of spring, participants will learn painting techniques specifically suited to painting flowers in watercolour and gouache.

This class is suitable for both beginners and participants with some experience in watercolour that are looking to try new techniques. We will be painting from beautiful inspiration images but feel free to bring in your on own on the day!

All materials are provided, just bring yourself 🙂

Bring along any botanical themed photographs you would like to paint from on the day. I will have a variety of images for you to chose from but you are welcome to bring your own!

We will meet in Room 3 at the Dorothy Fox Education Centre within the beautiful Sheffield Botanial Gardens. This class will be held indoors.

 

Saturday February 8th
9.45am – 3.00pm
£40
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Painting Flowers – Acrylic for Beginners

@ The Botanical Gardens, Dorothy Fox Centre, Room #3

In this one day course you will learn painting techniques to better paint flowers. This class is a great starting point for anyone new to painting or that would like to learn how to mix and apply paint. We will work from a inspiration flower photos.

Syllabus: Setting out; Preparing your surface, choosing a composition / Mapping light and dark values / Mark making / Acrylic painting techniques

All materials are provided, just bring yourself 🙂

Bring along any flower or botanical inspiration photographs you would like to paint from on the day. I will have a variety of images for you to chose from but you are welcome to bring your own!

We will meet in Room 3 at the Dorothy Fox Education Centre within the beautiful Sheffield Botanial Gardens. This class will be held indoors.

 

Saturday March 21st
9.45am – 3.00pm
£40
BOOK HERE!


 

 

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Away, Capturing the Experience of your Holidays on Canvas – Acrylic Painting for Beginners and Post-Beginners  

 

The course will take place in my lovely studio at AVEC Studios Bldg, 3-5 Sydney St. Sheffield S1 4RG, United Kingdom

 

Course Description: Deciding what to paint can be an arduous task. In this course, taking your favourite holiday photographs as inspiration we will learn acrylic painting techniques to translate the sensations and experiences captured in that moment onto canvas.

We will explore how to evoke a particularly magical aspect of the photograph (and memory of it!) to really create something to treasure. There will be time for Flora to provide you individual painting and composition technique advice to best accomplish your artistic goals.

* Please bring a photograph from your travels to use as inspiration. This can be a photograph of absolutely anything that you would like to paint!

 

Syllabus:

– Using creative writting and drawing as a warm up for inspiration;

– Using a ground colour; Composition; Transcribing your image;

– Mapping light and dark values;

– Painting 3-dimensional space;

– Acrylic brushwork techniques and how to use them;

– Colour theory.

 

SaturdayFebruary 22nd

10.00pm – 3.00pm

BOOK HERE!

 

*Small group sessions with a max of 8 participants


 

IMGP1973.JPGPortraiture – Painting from a Photograph

 

The course will take place in my lovely studio at AVEC Studios Bldg, 3-5 Sydney St. Sheffield S1 4RG, United Kingdom

 

Course Description: This introductory acrylics 3x session course is suitable for anyone looking to take their first steps in portraiture painting.

You’ll learn portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better draw and paint portraits in acrylics using an inspiration photograph of your choice. Sketch studies drawn with charcoal and pastels will help inform the painting stage.

* Please bring along a photograph of your choice. This could be a photo of yourself or a loved one. Ideally it will be a portrait from the chest up and have enough detail and clarity to allow you to work from.

This course is suitable for absolute beginners and up

 

Syllabus:

– Charcoal and pastel drawings used as studies to inform value and colour in your painting

– Acrylic painting techniques: mixing skin tones, blocking in colour, using directional brush strokes, blending

 

Wednesdays

January 29th, February 5th, February 12th

1.00pm – 3.00pm

BOOK HERE!

 

*Small group sessions with a max of 8 participants


 

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@ The Botanical Gardens, Dorothy Fox Centre, Room #3

With a special focus on painting Spring landscapes in watercolour and gouache, the skills and techniques gained in the class can then be applied when painting in open air.

This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners as well as more experienced participants

Subjects: Land, trees and sky

Syllabus: Setting out/ Composition, lines of motion leading to the focal point / Colour theory and creating atmospheric perspective/ Colour washes

All materials are provided, just bring yourself 🙂

 

Bring along any landscape inspiration photographs you would like to paint from on the day. I will have a variety of images for you to chose from but you are welcome to bring your own!

 

Saturday, April 4th

9.45am – 3.00pm

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We will meet in Room 3 at the Dorothy Fox Education Centre within the beautiful Sheffield Botanical Gardens. This class will be held indoors.


 

ABSTRACT ACRYLICS with Flora Menager FULLY BOOKED

@ The Art House

Is abstract painting an abstract concept that you’ve always wanted to learn but didn’t know where to begin? This workshop will teach you how.  As a starting point we will work from life then progress to working from imagination based on a concept and inspiration images.

  • The basics of abstraction – abstraction from life
  • Tapping into the sub-conscious
  • Composition – creating a unified picture
  •  Colour theory

‘An interesting and enjoyable experience.  Accessible to all abilities and with great support.’ (student)

Saturday 1st February
10.00am – 3.30pm
£45
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ADDED CLASS IN CASE YOU WERE INTERESTED IN BOOKING THE NOW FULL BOOKED ABSTRACT CLASS IN FEBRUARY

Eventbrite header image - abstract acrylicsABSTRACT ACRYLICS with Flora Menager 

Is abstract painting an abstract concept that you’ve always wanted to learn but didn’t know where to begin? This workshop will teach you how.  As a starting point we will work from life then progress to working from imagination based on a concept and inspiration images.

  • The basics of abstraction – abstraction from life
  • Tapping into the sub-conscious
  • Composition – creating a unified picture
  •  Colour theory

 

The course will take place in my lovely studio at AVEC Studios Bldg, 3-5 Sydney St. Sheffield S1 4RG, United Kingdom

 

Saturday April 18th

10.00am – 3.30pm

£55

BOOK HERE

 

The course will take place in my lovely studio at AVEC Studios Bldg, 3-5 Sydney St. Sheffield S1 4RG, United Kingdom

 

*Small group sessions with a max of 8 participants

 

 



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Watercolour Skies – Sunny & Stormy Skies

The course will take place in my lovely studio at AVEC Studios Bldg, 3-5 Sydney St. Sheffield S1 4RG, United Kingdom

 

“The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Skies are key to any landscape painting and help set the mood through lighting and colour. During this workshop you will paint from beautiful inspiration images and gain the skills and techniques needed to venture into the open air and capture skies with confidence.

This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners as well as more experienced participants.

Syllabus: sunrise / sunsets / clouds / watercolour gradient wash techniques / lifting / mingled washes / glazing / lighting

You’ll use high quality Winsor & Newton Watercolour paints!

All materials are provided, just bring yourself 🙂

Friday

April 17th & April 24th

5.30pm – 8.00pm

£50

BOOK HERE!

 

*Small group sessions with a max of 8 participants

 


 

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Mixing Colour & Impressionism – Landscapes

The course will take place in my lovely studio at AVEC Studios Bldg, 3-5 Sydney St. Sheffield S1 4RG, United Kingdom

 

Have you ever wondered why you struggle mixing colour to achieve that green you had in mind? Well, come along and learn!

 

In this one day course you will learn painting techniques used by impressionist painters and how to mix colour. This class is a great starting point for anyone new to painting or that would like to learn colour theory and mixing techniques. We will work from landscape inspiration photographs to practice Impressionism, colour mixing and landscape painting techniques.

Syllabus: A bit of history; Impressionism / Setting out; Preparing your surface, choosing a composition / Mapping light and dark values / Mark making / Colour theory / Acrylic painting techniques

All materials are provided, just bring yourself 🙂

Bring along any landscape inspiration photographs you would like to paint from on the day. I will have a variety of images for you to chose from but you are welcome to bring your own!

Saturday May 16th

9.45am – 3.00pm

£55

BOOK HERE!

 

*Small group sessions with a max of 8 participants

 

 

 

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Cityscapes for Beginners – Gouache Techniques

Course Description: In this in-studio class participants will learn gouache painting techniques relating to painting cityscapes or landscapes.

This class is suitable for all levels, including absolute beginners looking to gain confidence by learning perspective and painting techniques in an in-studio setting that can later be used when painting outdoors. The class will begin with perspective drawing practice and conclude with a final painting.

All materials are supplied but you are welcome to bring your own inspiration image on the day.

 

Syllabus:

– Setting out; Perspective

– Painting 3-dimensional space

– Gouache techniques / how to use them

– Colour theory

 

Saturday

May 2nd

10.00pm – 3.00pm

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*Small group sessions with a max of 8 participants

 

 


Courses 2020


 

 

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Exploring Landscapes and Cityscapes – Painting and Drawing

The course will take place in my lovely studio at AVEC Studios Bldg, 3-5 Sydney St. Sheffield S1 4RG, United Kingdom

Course Description: Through the exploration of perspective and composition participants will be taught a variety of drawing, watercolour, pen and ink techniques to represent our environment, both landscape and cityscapes. This course will be held in studio and is ideal for art lovers who would like to learn skills to gain the confidence to draw and paint from life whever they may be. All materials will be provided.

Bring along any landscape or cityscape inspiration photographs you would like to work from

This class is suitable for beginner participants

 

Techiques in: Charcoal, watercolour, pen, black and colour inks

 

Syllabus: Setting out techniques; composition /  Perspective and architecture/  Choosing your subject matter & simplifying/  Colour in landscapes

 

Fridays 5x sessions: February 28th, March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

10.00pm – 12.00pm

BOOK HERE!

 

*Small group sessions with a max of 8 participants


 

WATERCOLOURS FOR BEGINNERS with Flora Menager

@ The Art House

This fun introductory 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

Mondays
13th January – 10th February (5 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£95
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Mondays
13th January – 10th February (5 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£95
BOOK HERE


 

WATERCOLOUR FOR BEGINNERS PART 2

with Flora Menager 

@ The Art House

For those who wish to proceed further into the art of watercolour painting. This ongoing course continues from Watercolours for Beginners. It will allow you to develop your own style and concentrate on the subject matter of your choice.

Guidance and tuition tailored to suit your needs will expand your artistic abilities and allow you to create a body of work that will increase your knowledge of this media.

Mondays 
24th February – 23rd March (5 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£95
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BEGINNER’S DRAWING TECHNIQUES with Flora Menager 

@ The Art House

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:

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.

Tuesdays
14th January – 11th February (5 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£95
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Tuesdays
25th February – 24th March (5 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£95
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Portraiture-summer-school-400x300PORTRAITURE DRAWING TECHNIQUES with Flora Menager 

Using mixed media charcoal and pastel participants will learn drawing portraiture techniques, proportions and tips to better draw people through the practice of self-portraiture.

Suitable for absolute beginners.

All materials provided

Syllabus: Proportions of the head / Using line and value to create form / Methods and techniques – learning to see / charcoal, pastel techniques.

 

Wednesdays – 3X sessions

Jan. 29th, Feb. 5th and 12th

4-6pm

£60

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IMGP1973PORTRAITURE PAINTING TECHNIQUES with Flora Menager

@ The Art House

Wednesdays
26th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
4.00pm – 6.00pm
£80
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EXPERIMENTAL LIFE DRAWING with Flora Menager

@ The Art House

Participants will learn a variety of drawing techniques related to representing the figure. This fun life drawing course aims to help beginner and intermediate participants build confidence by providing tips and techniques to help in representing the figure on paper.

Tips and tailored guidance will be provided by your tutor Flora

  • Setting out techniques; composition
  • Proportions of the body
  • Mixed media techniques
  • Exploring quality of line and mark making

Wednesdays
15th January – 12th February (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£80
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Wednesdays
26th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£80
BOOK HERE


 

FEET, HANDS AND FACES with Flora Menager

@ The Art House

Learn to draw, or improve your drawings of, what are considered to be the most difficult parts of the body to portray competently. Much individual support and guidance offered by the tutor.

This workshop covers basic anatomy, proportion, form and gesture.

Wednesdays
26th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£80
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DRAWING TECHNIQUES: PEOPLE PLACES AND THINGS with Flora Menager

@ The Art House

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.

The course covers:
• Setting out techniques and composition
• Exploring quality of line and mark making;
• Proportions and perspective
• Adding value, lights and darks
• Using colour

Saturdays 
29th February – 14th March (3 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£55
BOOK HERE 

 


The morning session of Drawing Session of People, Places & Things works well and keep be taken along with the afternoon painting session (below)


 

PAINTING WITH ACRYLICS: PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS with Flora Menager

@ The Art House

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

 

 

Mondays
24th February – 23rd March (5 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm
£95
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Exploring Themes & Techniques – Watercolour

The course will take place in my lovely studio at AVEC Studios Bldg, 3-5 Sydney St. Sheffield S1 4RG, United Kingdom

Learn basic watercolour techniques through the painting of a variety of themes!

About this Event

This course teaches watercolour techniques through four classic themes: 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 for beginners with some watercolour or drawing experience.

 

Mondays ( 5x sessions)

April 20th, April 27th, May 4th, May 11th, May 18th

5.30pm – 7.30pm

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Syllabus

April 20th & April 27th :Insects & Flowers

May 4th & May 11th: People in Landscapes

May 18th : Birds

 

*Small group sessions with a max of 8 participants


 

 

 

 


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