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Course summary:

MAKE ART is an open access format of relaxed, enjoyable drawing and painting sessions with the support of an experienced tutor, who is also a practicing artist.

On the first Saturday of each month our amazing creative space will be handed over to the drawers and painters of Brighton!

Your experienced tutor will happily guide both beginners as well as those who are more confident. Following a loose structure, sessions will build monthly to increase your confidence and abilities working in your chosen medium.

Students will be able to approach their work in any way they please and make as many drawings or paintings as they care to with as much or as little instruction as they like.

Various still life scenes will be set up in the studio, and you can also take advantage of our unique location right on the seafront. Students should feel free to use whichever materials they enjoy using the most.

Make Art Open Access runs February through to December. When booking a block of six sessions you will receive one session free of charge (6 for the price of 5). Enter MAKEART at checkout.

    Tutor biography:

    Denise is an award-winning trained painter, having gained a BA and MA from the University of the Arts London in Painting.

    With her studio based in Brighton, Denise is a full-time practicing artist and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience in her fun classes.

    Her numerous years of experience both as a professional artist and tutor have also led her to become a published author with her popular book ‘If You’re Bored with Acrylics, Read This Book’ (Octopus Publishing) being published in 2019.

    View all courses with Denise Harrison.

    Please note as this is a regular open access on occasion a different tutor may be hosting.


    MAKE Arch 3.  Please check in with a member of staff at the shop till area to be directed to the correct studio.

    Refreshments provided:

    Refreshments will be provided during the class.

    What to bring with you:

    You will have access to table top easels, drawing boards and paper. Students are asked to bring all materials and equipment they wish to use.


      Atelier Beside the Sea has a range of drawing, painting and printmaking courses you may be interested in.

      Please check the MAKE section of our website for course details or alternatively sign up to our mailing list to receive regular updates on our latest course additions.

      Booking terms & conditions:

      You can view the MAKE booking terms & conditions here.

      As we send information to you ahead of your course start date please ensure you provide full contact information when booking, including a contact number and email address.

      Advance booking is recommended as we expect these open access sessions to be popular, especially during the summer months. Students are welcome to attend without advance booking but we cannot guarantee availability.

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      Portrait image by Allun Calander