HAMPSHIRE Art Studio offers a range of art courses throughout the year in its fully equipped studio in the surroundings beside the River Dever, which runs into the famous River Test.

After a successful summer celebration of creativity with its first 2-week programme of workshops, Explore, Discover, Create, it is now offering its Autumn and Winter Art workshops and courses and spaces are being booked up fast. There is also a range of opportunities for beginners, to develop a new skill.

A student of the studio said: “Much more off the wall than expected, very creative and really good fun. What a joy and I can’t wait for the next session.”

Introductory workshops for beginners include Mixed Media and Mono printing with Sarah Capes, Nov 17 and 24 and Dec1at 10am to 4pm. Suitable for all abilities, Sarah will help students discover the many ways to create interesting textures and pieces in a fun way, taking inspiration from the surroundings of the studio. Other courses suitable for all levels include Minotaur, Satyr, Harpy, Seraph, Cockatrice – Creating a Papier Mache model of a Fabulous Creature with Kate Measham Oct 13 and 20 at 10am to 4pm.

Illustration with Nigel Babb Nov 5, 12, 19 and 26 and 3 Dec at 10am to 1pm. Nigel will teach students the building blocks of this imaginative artform through different projects and approaches using various materials and techniques.

Drawing Plants and Botanical Details with Elizabeth Hammond Nov 16, 23 and 30 at 10am to 4pm.

Drawing A Feast by Candlelight session with Katie Sollohub Dec 4, 2.30pm to 9pm, This class includes materials and a celebratory feast, suitable for all.

A Mentoring Lunch Group will also meet for lunch, discussion, and mentoring sessions on a Friday twice a term. This will end with an exhibition for the members of the Group. The group will allow artists to benefit from the support of like-minded peers, tutors and the Hampshire Art Studio team (starting Oct 15 at 1pm. This includes light lunch and discussion and is open to everyone.

Hampshire Art Studio also offers a number of options online.

Hampshire Art Studio’s co-owner Clare Dryden said: “This Autumn and Winter’s programme offers some great opportunities for the beginner and more established artist. We’re especially thinking of beginners this term – it’s a time when people might find themselves in changed circumstances – perhaps with kids going off to university, starting school or nursery or people just wanting a new challenge as we end the summer and head towards winter.

“We think we’ve put together our best seasonal offering ever. And what’s more, this programme makes the very most of the idyllic surroundings all around - using the plants, trees and Autumn and Winter colours for inspiration.”

Kate Measham, co-owner and tutor said: “we believe everyone can draw and paint and it’s up to us to give students the confidence to trust themselves.

“We want to encourage students to step out of their comfort zones and try something new, different and surprising, the best way to learn is to embrace the unexpected.'

There is a 10 percent introductory offer for first time students.

Those who would like to take advantage of this offer are asked to contact the studio to apply the discount when booking.

For more information about Hampshire Art Studio visit https://hampshireart.studio Next term’s programme will appear shortly.