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 please email: or visit the online shop

Weekly Classes

We focus on encouraging a free, playful exploration of the visual arts in a friendly and inclusive space.
Materials, tuition and light refreshments provided.

Exploring the Visual Arts. 10 week course

Summer Term: W/C 27/04/2020

Monday’s  or Wednesday’s 7-9 pm

Age 16+


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

Summer Term: W/C 27/04/2020

Monday 10-12 noon

Monday 1-3 pm

Thursday 7.15-9.15 pm

Age 16+


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.

Young Artists Summer Term: 12 weeks

W/C 20/04/2020

Wednesday 4.30-6.30 pm

Thursday’s 4.30-6.30 pm

11-16 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, A level work and preparation of portfolios for applications to further education.

Young Artists Summer School

Drawing, Painting, Print and Mask Making

Times:10-3pm. Lunch in the studio between 12-1

£40 per day

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 block printing, monoprint, collagraph and other fun methods.

Wednesdays will be a day of mask making and 3d work. Fun and a little bit messy!

All materials, tuition and light refreshments provided.

For all our sessions, please wear your least favourite clothes.

August 3rd, 4th, 5th.
August 10th, 11th, 12th
August 17th, 18th, 19th

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.
To book email:

Contemporary Figure Painting

Friday 03/04/2020, 10am – 4pm

Age 16+


Spend a day in our studio painting the nude figure. We will provide materials, guidance and a model, as we work together towards developing approaches and techniques for capturing our response to human form. We will work on prepared paper and acrylic paint.

Day of Life Drawing

Saturday 16/05/20 or Saturday 20/06/2020, 10am – 3pm

Age 16+


A chance to explore a range of different approaches and materials

to capture a personal response to the human figure, from intense observation, to the more playful and intuitive. The day is suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced drawers.

Draw Through Stitch

Saturday 23/05/2020, 10am – 3pm


Explore the immediacy of drawing, feeding into the slower, absorbing pace of stitch through creating exciting textures and mark making. You will develop textures through different stitching techniques, threads and surfaces.
Experience the portable, therapeutic and accessibility of this process whilst working with others in our studio space.

Interrupted Stitch

Saturday 11/07/2020, 10am – 3pm


A day using contemporary stitch methods on wool flannel. This course will guide you through different processes of working with stitch to deconstruct and reconstruct a surface, towards creating a finished contemporary textile piece.

Visual Arts Day

Saturday 06/06/2020 or Sunday 12/07/2020, 10am – 3pm


A guided session where you will be encouraged to engage with a range of mediums and processes. We will begin with drawing and move through paint, collage and into print. Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to work across different mediums and produce work that can develop beyond your day in the studio.

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