Chiswick Art School summer term 2023

Image above: Life drawing classs at Chiswick Art School

New classes starting and old favourites returning

The summer term at Chiswick Art School opens next week and they have brand new premises – a 500 square foot purpose-built art studio at the back of the Pavilion at Alexandra Gardens, (where the Sunday morning food markets take place) in Dukes Meadows.

Chiswick Art School offers classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, and pottery, with sessions in the evenings and weekends as well as during the day, suitable for adults and children.

Image above: Sophie Griffin (L), Trisha Krauss (R) and the mixed media in use at the Beginners Club at Chiswick Art School

Beginners Club

If you are new to painting, or perhaps have not done it since school, you may be interested in the Beginners Art Club on Mondays (excepting the bank holidays on 1, 8 and 29 May) and Fridays.

Starting on Monday 17 April, Trisha Krauss’s Monday morning class runs for 12 sessions (or four, or one, if you just want to try one out).

Trisha has many years of experience in editorial illustration, advertising, fashion illustration, children’s book illustration and publishing. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times, the New Yorker and many other publications before she moved to west London.

The Friday classes run from 1.30 – 4.30pm each week with Sophie Griffin, who has had a career spanning over 20 years as a Photo Editor and Creative Producer working for several top publishing houses and media companies, including Conde Nast and The Discovery Channel.

Now, she spends most of her time drawing, painting, printmaking, taking photographs and making films in her studio in west London.

Image above: Sophie Newnham with one of her watercolours


Sophie Newnham’s popular Watercolours are back in the classroom – a 12-week course on Monday afternoons or a 12-week course on Monday evenings. Not convinced you will have the staying power for a 12-week course? You can also book into single classes.

Sophie has been working as an artist for twenty years, having studied drawing at the Prince’s Drawing School and portraiture at Heatherley School of Art in her early 20s. She has recently been awarded a Fellowship of the Society of Botanical Artists.

Images above: Julia Hawkins; Still life

Life classes

For the first time the school is offering an evening life class, on Tuesdays, also with Sophie, as four or 16 sessions, or as single sessions.

John Murphy-Woolford is offering a full day life class on Sunday 16 April, from 10am-4pm. John graduated from Falmouth School of Art and Coventry Polytechnic in the 1980s and has exhibited in the UK and Europe, notably twice with the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery.

Plein Air, Still Life and Landscape

As the school is situated at Dukes Meadows beside the River Thames, with some spectacular opportunities for outdoor painting on the doorstep, John also offers ‘Plein Air Thursdays’, either as four, 16, or just single sessions.

Julia Hawkins has a 12-week Still Life and Landscape course starting on Wednesday19 April, on Wednesday mornings from 10am-12.30pm.

Julia is an award-winning contemporary figurative artist. Elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 2020, she is a regular exhibitor at the Mall Galleries in London with the ROI and other groups such as the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, New English Art Club.

Nick Archer, who trained at the Royal Academy Schools in London (1996-1999), is offering a landscape painting weekend away in Rye on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May. Nick teaches landscape, life classes and portraiture, and is a BP Portrait Prize finalist himself.

Images above: Luke Hamel-Cooke; Ghaz Ahmad; Roz Wallis


Luke Hamel-Cooke and Ghaz Ahmad offer an introduction to pottery on Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 April, with morning, afternoon and evening options available.

Luke studied fine art at Falmouth University after which he trained under master potter Michel Francois in Cornwall, while Ghaz is a Malaysian/Thai ceramicist based in London, who studied fashion initially in Kuala Lumpur and later in the UK at the Central School of Fashion, London.

Roz Wallis offers Intermediate Throwing for people who have had at least 25 hours’ experience of throwing pottery on a wheel. Roz Wallis is well known in Chiswick for her unique and beautiful ceramics which she has been making for over twenty years. Raku, pit firing, slip and Saggar firing are among the techniques she explores in her work.

Several of the artists have their studios in Chiswick and it is inspiring to see what can be achieved, while you are learning the techniques yourself.

Images above: Children’s art classes at Chiswick Art School

Continuing regular courses and children’s courses

Continuing regular courses also include Advanced Drawing, an Introduction to Portraiture, Advanced Portraiture, Portrait copying and Botanical Art.

Among the options for children and teenagers are classes for younger children, 9 – 12 year olds and the Further Education Art Club for 12 – 18 year olds, both as regular after school classes and as holiday courses.

To find out more about what suits your interest, the times and prices of classes and courses on weekdays, evenings and weekends, go to Chiswick Art School’s website.

Image above: New studio at Chiswick Art School

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