Art School Ilkley was established in September 2016 and now offers a variety of art classes from a specially designed studio space situated in the Manor House Courtyard.

It is run by Sarah and John Gamble. Sarah has had a long career working as an art specialist secondary school teacher and has a personal practice that centres on textile, print and stitch. John completed his MA in Creative Practice from Leeds Arts University and works mainly with drawing and, more recently paint. They both regularly exhibit work and have completed residencies in Bradford, Kinvara and Warsaw.

Art School Ilkley holds regular tutored after school art workshops and evening adult creative courses, in addition there are regular weekend ‘Day of’ courses which explore drawing through stitch, print making and life drawing. There will soon be a new range of full day courses as they look to collaborate with other creative practitioners to deliver workshops. They also provide specially themed creative children’s birthday parties in the studio.

Sarah and John relish working with students of all ages and of differing educational needs and backgrounds, and their personal practice is enhanced and extended by their work within Art School Ilkley. The classes focus on encouraging a free exploration of the creative process in a friendly, encouraging and inclusive space.

Both Sarah and John hold enhanced DBS checks, have pediatric First Aid Training and are members of AXIS Arts and Artists Network.

To book any course or for more information please email:


Weekly Classes

We focus on encouraging a free, playful exploration of the visual arts in a friendly and inclusive space.

Young Peoples Workshops 12 weeks £140. Begins W/C 06/01/2020

Wednesday’s or Thursday’s 4.30-6.30 pm 11-18 years

We provide a place where young people are encouraged to explore and develop skills in drawing,

painting, print, and collage. We also offer the space, materials and guidance for them to work on

their own projects, including GCSE and A level work.

Exploring the Visual Arts. 10 weeks £135. Begins W/C 13/01/2020

Monday’s  or Wednesday’s 7-9 pm

A multi media course developing skills across a range of art disciplines. We will guide and

encourage you to explore different processes and themes, providing all the materials and guidance.

You will be working alongside other people in a relaxed, social and positive environment

Tutored Life Drawing. 10 weeks £135. Begins W/C 13/01/2020

Monday 10-12am or Thursday’s 7.15-9.15 pm

A chance to experience different methods and materials to explore and develop a personal response to the figure. We provide the model, materials and a friendly comfortable place to develop your practice.

It is suitable for beginners and the more experienced life drawers.

Materials, tuition and light refreshments provided.

Full Day Workshops

A series of all day weekend workshops. We focus on encouraging a free exploration of the creative process in a friendly and inclusive space. All materials and tuition provided.
For all course numbers are limited to 10. All materials are provided.
£50 per person
Starts 10am and finishes 3pm with a break between 12-1
To book email:

Paper Print Workshop

Sunday 19th January

You will use a range of print processes including Eco-Rust Print, block, and collagraph. The day is suitable for people new to print or those wishing to re engage. Time will be given to produce a number of prints using different materials and techniques.

Draw Through Stitch

Saturday 18th January 2020

You will explore ways of responding through drawing and mark making, and then use the results as a basis to explore hand stitching. We will encourage you to create textures through different stitching techniques, threads and surfaces. You will experience the quick immediacy of mark making and the slower pace of hand stitch.


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