Art Courses Wales


Art Courses Wales is an ideal holiday destination for weekends or a short break. It is also frequented by many who live in the area. Niel and Sue Bally have created a delightful home in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Here you can relax in peaceful rural surroundings and immerse yourself in art, painting and drawing.

House and Studio

The surrounding landscape and views at Art Courses Wales are outstanding and the  studio is spacious and  full of natural light. The house has a large dinning room and  the sitting room leads onto a terrace and walled garden. There are plenty of art books to browse through in both the house and studio and there is  an interesting collection of art. The classes are  no more than 8 which means there is an emphasis on individual tuition. The courses and facilities cater for all levels including beginners, sixth formers, those preparing for art school, the more experienced and professionals.

Included in the course fees are  delicious lunches prepared by Sue, plus morning and afternoon refreshments, teas and coffee.


Niel Bally is a practicing painter and experienced teacher. His work can be found on this linkIn line   with his own development as an artist, most of  the courses are grounded in a figurative approach to art. Niel and Sue founded Art Courses Wales in 2008.

Materials and equipment

The 1000 sq ft studio is fully equipped with easels and work stations. There is a stand by stock of painting and drawing materials for general use and sale. This suits those  travelling by train or air and those just beginning.   Otherwise we recommend you bring your own materials and brushes.   Old Forest Arts  is our local art store in Hay on Wye  they have  a wide range of  quality materials. If you have any queries about materials then please contact us.

The Courses

Art Courses Wales offer a  wide variety of drawing and painting courses (click here). They include life classes, life drawing, portraiture, still-life, landscape painting, colour workshops, monoprinting and tutorial groups.This is the link to  view the kind of work produced on the courses. 

FEES VOUCHERS & DISCOUNTS :  From £40 per day. Click here  


There is an excellent variety of  accommodation  Click here  to browse through the best in the locality.


Here are some hand picked photos of our beautiful location, home to Brecon Jazz,Green Man and Hay on Wye Book Festivals.


Check out some of the wonderful activities   for your non-painting companions  while leaving you in peace.

What previous students say

Niel’s courses are very special. He somehow manages to gently lead both beginners and those with more experience to produce work of a standard they would have thought far beyond their capabilities. And It’s all friendly, non-threatening and set in a magical part of the Welsh countryside. Then there is Sue’s lunches that deserve a gastronomic testimonial of their own..  More  recommendations…..

Travel Times to Art Courses Wales

Brecon 15 mins | Hay-on-Wye 15 mins | Crickhowell 25 mins | Abergavenny 35 mins British Rail Icon | Hereford 50 mins British Rail Icon | Cardiff 1 hour | Bristol 90 mins | London 3 hours See a map of our location…