WEEKENDS : LIFE CLASSES : PORTRAIT : STILL-LIFE : LANDSCAPE : COLOUR : MONOPRINTING
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 link. In 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.
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.
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.
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…..