Sketchpad, art classes

Sketchpad started in October 2010, and has been meeting regularly on a Thursday evening ever since, with the occasional holiday here and there.

Sketchpad is a relaxed adult art class run by Samantha Watkins involving drawing, painting and sculpture, using a variety of materials including, charcoal, conte, pencil, pen, watercolour, acrylic, ink and terracotta clay. Each class is structured, though loose enough for students to feel free to experiment and develop their own style in a sociable environment.

Everyone is able to be creative learning about art through lessons in life drawing, still life and sculpture, as well as any personal projects and other inspirations. All levels of expertise are welcome to come and join in, from absolute beginners to those who want to develop their skills.

This small and friendly art class meets upstairs in the Jelly Artpad, a large and spacious studio where they enjoy art, chat and listen to various ipod playlists whilst drinking tea… oh, and eating biscuits!

There is also the occasional gallery visit where everyone can meet up and travel together to exhibitions in London.

Samantha is a Reading based Artist and Graphic Designer, who has worked for a variety of advertising agencies, design studios and publishing companies around Berkshire and currently works and teaches in Adult Education.

Samantha's love of the human figure has lead her to explore the human form through sculpture, painting and drawing, capturing emotion using mixed media, colour, clay and plaster.

Classes are held at the Jelly, 42 Market Place, Reading.

Each session is £11 including refreshments.

Please call Sam for further information.


07906 681476

Here's the current flow of lessons:

23 Feb        Exploring mark making
01 Mar        Contemporary Still Life
08 Mar        Contemporary Still Life
15 Mar        Drawing – Life Drawing
22 Mar        Drawing – Life Drawing
29 Mar        Drawing – The Human Figure
05 Apr        Painting – The Human Figure – Watercolour   

Easter Holidays

26 April        Still life – Different approaches
03 May        Abstraction – Painting from your own research
10 May        Mixed Media – Painting & Collage
17 May        Mixed Media – Painting & Collage from your research
24 May        Clay Studies from a model
31 May        Life Painting from a model
07 June        Life Painting from a model
14 June        Finishing paintings

Sketchpad is also a Graphic Design Company experienced in all aspects of design & print, ranging from corporate identity, brochures, flyers, adverts to banners. Projects of all sizes are creatively designed and produced from initial brief to final digital artwork. Please give Sam a call to talk through your ideas.