Art Classes for Adults
Our adult art classes have been running since April 2019 with Tom Cringle as tutor. Tom is a highly skilled Norfolk-based artist with fantastic energy for teaching people of all abilities.
Tom says “I was so excited to be approached by Rachael and James to teach the class. My aim is to both teach art but also to develop a group setting where we can enjoy each other’s company and share the same love of art”.
Each week varies in its focus targeting different drawing and painting skills but also helping participants to develop and free their own styles. Tom’s love of “plein air” means that classes switch from being held in the comfort of our gallery to village beauty spots such as the banks of the Bure River when weather permits. The classes are aimed at all levels so are open to both beginners and more experienced artists.
Classes are held every Monday* at the Gallery in Coltishall from 10.30am-12.45pm. Each class costs £12 per person. There is the flexibility to come to the sessions when they suit you, we just ask if you can let us know the week before if possible if you are unable to attend.
*We are closed bank holidays and the classes are paused for August.
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Tom Cringle EAGMA
Born in Norfolk in 1972, Tom works predominately using oil or acrylic. He is self-taught and has been exhibiting and selling work for over 20 years.
Tom loves painting the large skies that are so characteristic of Norfolk and Suffolk. He often uses big canvases to depict as much sky as possible, as well as showing the wide and beautiful beaches that stretch along the coast.
Tom paints landscapes that vary from low lying water meadows to rocky mountains. He loves to travel and likes the challenge of painting new places. In recent years he has developed smaller paintings looking at figures in the landscape, particularly those working on and around the sea but also those in towns and cities.
He is a great advocate of ‘plein air’ painting and sees working outdoors and sketching as a vital part of studying life around you. He argues it is the best way to understand and get into the soul of the environment you wish to record. He has taken part in many open air painting events and has won several awards.
His belief that observing what is around you, by sitting, drawing and painting, can be a very mindful practice has lead him to teach in two prisons where he runs groups that work on the basic skills of drawing and painting and also on how to be expressive and gestural as an artist.
Tom has had many exhibitions over the years, both locally and further afield. He has collectors and buyers of his work from all over the world. He is a member of the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists (EAGMA).
Tom is generally found outside with his easel or working in his studio, which is based at his family home in Norfolk, England.