All Courses at Sandringham School

Do you want to learn how to get the most out of acrylic paints? Come and learn how to create expressive and colourful seascapes and landscapes in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Learn to mix colours and apply paint using brushes and palette knives. You will experiment with various techniques befefore working on a final canvas painting using an image of your choice.

You will need to bring some brushes, acrylic paints, a sketch pad and a canvas. These materials can be bought cheaply on the internet or locally at Wilkinsons, WH Smith and other stockists.  You will be provided with a detailed list of materials when you enrol. 


Discover how creative you can be working with tissues, inks, oil pastels, watercolours, acrylics, scap pictures and postcards, old labels. Explore a different theme each week, including textural landscapes, and a more abstract approach to sea, skies, trees and flowers, with Autumn/winter theming. You will learn new techniques including simple printmaking, which will help you develop and explore your own ideas. You will need to bring materials including an A2 or A3 sketchbook, acrylic and watercolour paints, glue, scissors, 2Bor 3B pencils You will be advised on collecting suitable materials for collaging. A full list will be provided before you start the course; almost all these materials are available around the house "for free." The class will be encouraged to share ideas and discuss their work in a friendly and supportive environment.


Suitable for beginners and more experienced artists.


  • Just to say that I am thoroughly enjoying the creative multimedia course through BeauSandVer. I haven't been this creative in a long time, it has unleashed some inspired pieces of work. Anne Marie the teacher is lovely and it's a very relaxed and enjoyable environment to work in. Two hours of 'Me time' which I recommend to anyone who wants to do art in a fun way. A O


  • Ann-Marie's classes have been great. She inspires creativity and, in a gentle manner, encourages and supports all participants. I thoroughly enjoy attending and look forward to my classes throughout the week. Equally, I have learnt a lot and feel much more confident as an artist.


    An introduction to accessible drawing and shading techniques using pencil, charcoal and inks. Each session will focus on a different theme, including portrait, figure drawing and still life. You will need an A3 sketch pad, HB pencils and charcoal, putty rubber and sharpener. 


    "Ann-Marie's classes have been great. She inspires creativity and, in a gentle manner, encourages and supports all participants. I thoroughly enjoy attending and look forward to my classes throughout the week. Equally, I have learnt a lot and feel much more confident as an artist."

    Introduction to Water Colours

    Ideal for beginners.  During this six 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.


    Intermediate Course in Landscape Painting in Water Colours - Summer Term 2017 dates tbc 

    This six week course is ideal for those who have completed the beginners course and wish to continue developing their skills and techniques, or people with experience already of the basics above who would like to learn more about painting landscapes. We will focus on six different areas of landscape painting including:

    • Pen/stick and ink sketching of landscapes, composition ideas, working from a photograph and working in one colour.
    • Painting skies, including the techniques to achieve sunsets, clouds, soft skies, stormy skies.
    • Using colour effectively, including understanding of colour theory, mixing colours, using complementary colours in landscape.
    • Creative techniques based on painting leaves and trees (using salt, wax, masking fluid), using a loose, free style.. 


    NB for both courses 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."


    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.