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This course aimes to develop your confidence through exploring personal values, attitudes to change, assertiveness and sources of inspiration.  It is led by an experienced facilitator who is able to create a warm friendly and fun environment.  it's a good starting point for anyone who is planning a life change or career change.

Courses are funded by HAFLS ( Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning.) 

"Louisa ( our manager) gave us invaluable skills to be able to manage things and make us think.  I make myself step out of my comfort zone. " 


You may also be interested in the following courses also running on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon:

  • Boost Your Confidence 9 Jan to 6 Feb 2018
  • Succeed and Get that Job 17 April to 15 May 2018

Introduction to Water Colours

Ideal for beginners.  During this five week course you will learn:

  • about the papers, paints and brushes we use for water colours, 
  • how to stretch paper on a board,
  • how to lay down basic washes, colour theory, painting neutrals, tonal painting ( one colour), 
  • about creating simple landscape and flower pictures,
  • how to make basic bush marks, getting to grips with wet in wet technique, dealing with mistakes and using masking fluid.
  • We will look at a achieving a simple still life, painting with washes and introduce some creative techniques eg use of wax and salt.



NB you will be supplied with a list of materials to bring with you including brushes, paper, paint etc.  It is very important to buy the correct paper to achieve good results. Materials can be bought from W H Smiths, HobbyCraft, Rymans or a local art shop. Tiger in St Albans has some materials, as does ArtScape in Harpenden or you can buy on Amazon.

AnnMarie is a local artist who has years of experience in teaching as well as selling her own work and responding to commissions.  

Feedback from students of earlier courses: 

"AnnMarie's relaxed and encouring approach was just the tonic needed to give me the confidence to pick up a brush and just have a go. This easy going approach also left room for us, her pupils, to develop our own painting style...Great course!"

"I have attended several of the BeauSandVer consortium art classes and have enjoyed every one. The teaching standards are high, the tutors very professional and welcoming. The classes provide not only technical skills but also creative direction and inspiration. Having access to these sorts of facilities on my doorstep is fantastic and has allowed me to return to something I loved to do but over the years fell by the wayside. I would highly recommend the courses to anyone who would like to improve, begin or just get back into art." MO

"I really enjoyed the introductory course...AnnMarie gave us lots of info in a short space of time... is very encouraging at all times, never critical and generous with her materials and advice."


This course is for students interested in  for Art, Photography, Graphics and Media students.  You will need to bring a USB stick. A camera in class is not required.  You don't need to have Photoshop at home.   You will build a digital portfolio using various Photoshop techniques. 


Feedback from last term's students:

"I enjoyed it very much and my knowledge has increased."

"More sessions please, it was really good fun and I would like to carry on"

This course will help you identify strategies for increasing your confidence levels, rebognising your own values, skills and abilities and using lateral thinking to se the strengths in your weaknesses. 

The course is frun in conjunction with HAFLs ( Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning) who also provide the funding. 

It is led by an experienced facilitator who is able to create a warm friendly and fun environment.  it's a good starting point for anyone who is planning a life change or career change.


‘Just wanted to say a quick ‘thank you’ for a very informative and useful course. Found your feedbacks and suggestions really helpful, and really enjoyed the company of the other students (and yourself of course!).'


You may also be interested in the following courses also running on Thursday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon:

  • Assertiveness 9 Jan to 7 Dec  2017
  • Succeed and Get that Job 19 April to 17 May 2018


Chinese Brush Painting is an ancient art form that allows you to create beautiful paintings with a few brush strokes.  You will capture the "inner spirit"  of painting and be stunned by the quick results you achieve.


On this one-day Saturday workshop you will learn to paint by making your own ink, be taught how to hold your brush correctly and execute the basic brush strokes needed to create simple animals, fish, birds and landscape style images. By the end of the afternoon you will have created three or four small pictures which you can then frame.

For the fee of £55 which includes tuition, we provide you with a basic set comprising slate grinder, black ink sticks and a goat hair brush which you can take away with you to keep working on your own. We also supply the practice paper you need to work on to develop your skills and some good quality paper on which to paint your final pieces which will be 6" by 4".

Wilkinsons sells decent basic frames with a mount that will display three 6"x 4" images, currently priced at £7.99 should you wish to buy one and bring with you to frame your work. 

You will need to bring with you some scissors, a plastic water pot (which can be an old yogurt pot or similar), newspaper and lots of paper towels.  As the class continues through lunchtime, please bring a packed lunch and drinks with you. 

This is a beautiful way to learn to paint, ideal for de-stressing and relaxing.

"The course was very good, enjoyed it very much, teaching was excellent, had all the support I needed, the class matched my expectations." BN


Please email to reserve your place.