Art courses, tuition and exhibition space

The old Victorian school house in Brooks provides studios, workshop and gallery space for artists and students to make, study and exhibit work in any media and learn at all levels, and we tailor tuition and exhibition space to individual needs . Brooks Art is based on an atelier model, which allows students to work alongside and learn from professional artists.

Brooks' beautiful rural location provides a rich source of ideas, images, sounds and materials which may be explored, played with or analysed. However we are not 'Ruralists' and are happy to critique notions of the pastoral idyll! All art practice and teaching at Brooks springs from drawing - in it's broadest sense - but ideas can be developed into sculpture, painting, photography, collage, installation or printmaking.

As practicing artists we continue to show work nationally and internationally and are involved in arts initiatives and consultancy to education and business organisations and individuals.  At Brooks Art we aim to assist and advise you, individually or in groups, in creating or furthering your career as a creative person, whether that means exhibiting, teaching, initiating or being involved in public or community projects, putting together a portfolio for application to art college, or simply developing your practice.

If you would like to learn more please email or call us and we can discuss the best way for you to make use of our space, experience and creative spirit!

We provide seasonally based and themed courses for up to six students at any one time, and evening, weekend and week long courses are available according to demand.

Skills Taught
drawing environmental art painting photography printmaking sculpture - small scale (indoors) sculpture outdoors / environmental
Creative services offered
Workshops: community

Workshops: private
Tuition: one-to-one
Tuition: courses

Talks & demonstrations
Where offered
Home / Studio Specific Venue By Commission on client site Flexible - will travel
Age Groups
5-11 12-16 16-18 Adults Families
Work in education
Primary Secondary Further Art College Other Higher
Qualifications & experience
Linda Jane James and Paul Butler both have a lifetime of experience in the arts as practicing artists and in education ( and and are now enjoying the process of developing a vibrant and contemplative creative space and learning environment for ourselves and potentially for you.  Paul was head of Painting and Professor of Fine Art at a leading British art college and Linda has many years experience as a creative agent and creative mentor.  Linda is also a trustee of Arts Connection, involved in the initiation and delivery of many public and community projects. We have undertaken many public art projects, residencies and murals - including the Cable Street mural in London, one of the largest in Britain. Our experience of teaching at every level across all age groups, from primary to secondary, undergraduate, post-graduate and research provides an opportunity for creating stimulating and engaging activities.  We are committed to the idea that art should be accessible and stretching.
Bespoke Courses

Contact Details

The School House
SY21 8QP

01686 640 879