Face-to-face classes start from 19th April

Art courses and drawing classes
for beginners to experienced artists,
and those of you yet to try

All welcome

Everyone is welcome
absolute-beginners to experienced artists

Unlock your creativity

We promise supportive quality teaching
we celebrate Diversity and Individuality

Great studio location

Creativity at the heart of historical Ancoats
close to the city centre


We are fully Covid-secure
Feel safe in a low-risk environment

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What do my students think?

“Very friendly, informative teacher. Well equipped studio, nice environment. Course was well structured – moving + building well on each step of learning. Great fun.”


“Simple and easy to book. All the info you need to know is there. Quick response from Brian confirming place and good communication before course dates.”

“Really enjoyable weekend. Covered so much ground and worked so hard! But never a dull moment and felt so good to be learning so many new skills!.”

Manchester’s most welcoming studio

Everyone is made to feel very welcome when they arrive at the Creative Art Courses studio.  Students find it easy to make themselves comfortable and are happy spending time in the studio’s creative atmosphere, able to learn and grow as artists.

Whether you are just beginning or looking to improve further your tutor will make sure you are able to make the best possible progression.  All the expert tutors offer supportive and encouraging teaching, using their skills and expertise to inspire students.

Come along and join us –  the Gallery Studio at Hope Mill is the place to nurture your creative spirit and grow your skills and confidence to become the artist you have always dreamed of.

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Student Quote

“Really interesting.  More educational than I thought it was going to be.  Warm, friendly, clean and light.”
Simon C
“Well worthwhile.  Learned a lot.”
Ruth C
Courses + Classes

Hi, I’m Brian Raymond

“As lead tutor at Creative Art Courses I’m passionate about every art course and drawing class I have planned for you.  Your time in my studio will be fun and full of creative learning so you leave inspired and passionate about being able to continue drawing and painting with creative confidence. Enjoy!”


Structured learning
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.  

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.

Inclusive + personalised learning
A teaching style that focuses on your individual needs and is fully accepting of your individuality.

Creativity and technical skills
Teaching that allows you to learn new technical skills and develop your creativity, ensuring you leave inspired to continue to develop your skills further at home.

Welcoming studio
The Gallery Studio is a warm, creative and friendly space offering a relaxed informal, yet focused, learning environment.

Essential Art skills
Students learn essential core skills that provide the springboard to future artistic independence.

Within easy access of Manchester city centre
Easy to travel to from Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan, and within easy access of mainline train stations and motorway networks making us accessible from anywhere in the country. 

Beginner –  Improver – Intermediate – Experienced.
Everyone is welcome.

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Student Quote

“Loved it! you’ve shown me a different way to approach art and my creativity. I feel as if you’ve opened up in me a new way of seeing things.”
Donna B


Courses + Classes

Student Quote

“From week one I knew this was going to be good, and that first class was almost worth the fee alone. I think this course was an incredible experience and I know I’ve learnt a lot over the six weeks.”
Meg K

We teach the Arts: AWOL ICE is a group of tutors based at AWOL studios who are proud to embrace the independent spirit of a creative Manchester.