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Art School for Adults

A rt colleges don’t have to be just for the young or super talented. And after a long career of working as a part-time lecturer, artist Kevin Dean has used his experience to create an amazing, art college for adults. “The UK has some of the best art colleges in the world, and yet art education for adults can often be poor, but it doesn’t have to be that way. By bringing together a team of professional artists and tutors, each with their own speciality our students are getting an exciting blend of different mediums, often with short introductory lectures, written notes and feedback sessions,” said Kevin. “Complete beginners are very welcome, or if someone has some experience, they can join one of our improvers classes. The courses are 11 weeks, and a lot of our students can’t believe how much progress they make in just a few sessions. We also keep the classes small with no more than 9 students per class, for both Covid safety and to give everyone plenty of individual attention.

“The courses are very affordable, a half-day session works out at £27 which includes all materials, background notes and sketchbooks for people to take away with them. But we are more interested in creating a community of artists and bringing people together with a shared interest, than making profits, so if the fees are a problem for someone, we can offer concessions.


“We run the classes, at The Omega Centre, it’s a beautiful former Victorian school in Southsea. We also have use of the printmaking room, so this term we are introducing etching into the programme, along with mono-printing”.

Tutors: Chris Wood (drawing, acrylics & printmaking), Sadie Tierney (acrylics & printmaking),
Jacqui Mair (collage and colour theory), Kevin Dean (drawing, watercolour & printmaking).

Classes for Spring Term
Starting Monday 10th Jan – 21st March 2022, 2 – 4.45pm – NEW BEGINNERS AFTERNOON CLASS
Starting Monday 10th Jan – 21st March 2022, 6.45 – 9pm – IMPROVERS 1 EVENING CLASS (2 places available)
Starting Wednesday 12th Jan – 23rd March 2022, 6.45 – 9pm – NEW BEGINNERS EVENING CLASS
Starting Thursday 13th Jan – 24th March 2022, 10am – 12.45pm – IMPROVERS 2 (2 places available)
Starting Thursday 13th Jan – 24th March 2022, 2 – 4.45pm – IMPROVERS 1 AFTERNOON CLASS (2 places available)


Some quotes from current students:

“I’ve waited years, hoping for a course like this in Portsmouth.” Claire, Improvers class
“I have really enjoyed the classes and I’m looking forward to next term.” Linda, Beginners class
“The Thursday afternoon class is the highlight of my week.” John, Beginners class

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