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:

Young Artists Summer School

Drawing, Painting, Print and Mask Making

August Dates:

Monday 5th to Wednesday 7th

Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th

Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st

Times: 10:00 am -3:00 pm. Lunch in the studio between 12:00noon – 1:00pm

We are once again running our Summer School classes for young artists aged 8 and over.

All sessions will be tutored with all materials provided. Numbers will be limited to 12.

Light refreshments will be provided but we ask students to bring their own lunch.

Monday sessions will be Drawing and Painting days where we explore different ways to make work, developing an understanding of different mediums and approaches.

Tuesday will be given over to Print using some simple and some more complicated ways to produce coloured prints. We will use foam board, monoprint, collagraph and other fun methods.

Wednesdays will be a day of mask making and 3d work. Fun and a little bit messy! As with all our sessions, please wear your least favourite clothes.

Cost £45 per day or £40 if more than one day is booked

Bookings now being accepted

Weekly Classes

We focus on encouraging a free, playful exploration of the visual arts in a friendly and inclusive space.
Commencing W/C 09/09/19

Young Peoples Workshops 12 weeks £140

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

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

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

Draw with Stitch: Sunday September 15th

You will explore ways of responding through drawing and move on 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. You will leave with a piece of hand stitch as a record of your day in the studio.

Day of Life Drawing: Saturday 14th September,19th October and 16th November

A chance to explore a range of different approaches to capturing and responding to the human figure, from intense observation, to the more playful and expressive. Guided exercises, longer poses and a range of different materials, aimed at experienced drawers and those new to drawing the nude figure

Floating Ink: Sunday 20th October

Led by artist Paula Hickey who will share her techniques of capturing ink floated on the surface of water. Her work is the result of her own research and experimentation with different materials, papers and methods. A chance to work alongside Paula and produce some beautiful art.

Day of Printmaking: Sunday 17th November

You will use a range of print processes including drypoint, monoprint and collagraph. The day is suitable for people new to print, or those wishing to re engage.

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

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